Bruce Springsteen's 'Rocky Ground' Video: Not a Rap Video

Still from
Still from "Rocky Ground"
Marc Hogan

Here's something you may have missed about Bruce Springsteen's latest album, Wrecking Ball, when it came out back in early March: It has rapping on it. (See also: Is Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball a Rap Album?) "Rocky Ground," the elegaic ballad that includes gospel singer Michelle Moore's blessedly not-cringe-worthy rap verse, now has a video, but it's more Asbury Park than As Springsteen solemnly rumbles about the New Testament admonition against "the money changers in this temple," backed by a mechanical beat and beautifully weeping organ, the clip sets slow-motion black-and-white footage behind a hand writing out the lyrics with a felt-tip pen. "There's a new day coming," the Boss repeats, joined by an angelic choir, but as a raspy sampled voice howls intermittently through the mix, it's hard not to think of the good old days. We've all been downhearted, Boss.


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