" ...I see you Mary in the garden
In the garden of a thousand sighs
There's holy pictures of our children
Dancin' in a sky filled with light
May I feel your arms around me
May I feel your blood mix with mine
A dream of life comes to me
Like a catfish dancin' on the end of my line
On July 30th Springsteen released his latest album, The Rising. It is his first "studio" rock release since 1992's "Human Touch" and "Luckytown" and his
first effort with the full E Street Band since 1984's Born in the USA. He worked with a new producer, Brendan
O'Brien of Pearl Jam fame, and credited his collaborator with speeding the recording
Springsteen, who performed at several post-Sept. 11 benefits, said he wrote all but two
of the 15 new songs on the album after the terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000
``The songs I wrote sort of occur in that context,'' he said in an interview with The
Associated Press. ``It's more of an emotional feeling that I felt - and that I felt was in the
air at that time.''
Some songs, he said, ``deal more directly with it than others, but the stories all happen
in a post-Sept. 11 context. If you were writing at that point, it's in everything in some
``My City of Ruins,'' which Springsteen performed on the national telethon for Sept. 11
victims, appears on the album. ``Further On (Up the Road),'' an unreleased track that Springsteen
has performed live, also is included on the album, released by Columbia.
Other song titles include ``Into the Fire,'' ``You're Missing,'' ``Empty Sky'' and ``The Fuse."
The 52-year-old singer raved about the work of his longtime sidekicks, the E Street
``It's a very powerful sound, just the intensity I wanted to capture doing anything with
the band again,'' he said. ``The guys are playing better than they did 15 years ago.
There's a confidence.''
Springsteen said the sessions were somewhat similar to their 1975 work on the
classic ``Born To Run,'' with the band playing live in the studio for the basic track
and other parts added later.
``The sound is very recognizable and very different,'' Springsteen said. ``If you have
all of our other records, you don't have this one. We picked up the level of intensity.
I can't wait for people to hear this record.'' The full list of songs include: