5 Reasons Bruce Springsteen Wrote the Song “Two Hearts” About The Doctor:

Dr. Who is a sci-fi show from England that was started back in 1963 and is still on today. There were 26 seasons of the show from ’63 to 1989. There have since been 6 seasons starting again in 2005 running through present time. The show depicts a Timelord, last of his race, traveling through time and space in the TARDIS.

Bruce Springsteen was born in 1949. The album “The River” was released in 1980. On The River, there is a song called Two Hearts, that when listening to it the other night, I couldn’t help but wonder if the Boss was a big fan of Sci-Fi and Dr. Who…Here are 5 reasons he might have written that song about Dr. Who:

5. According to the Onion, Bruce released an album about Sci-Fi. This makes me think that he loves sci-fi. Growing up in New Jersey, there probably wasn’t much else to do for a high school drop out but play guitar and watch things like Star Trek, and probably Dr. Who. http://www.theonion.com/articles/bruce-springsteen-releases-new-scifi-concept-album,21358/

4. The Lyric:  “Sometimes it might seem like it was planned, For you to roam empty hearted through this land, Though the world turns you hard and cold…” Ok, the Doctor is a timelord who is the last of his kind. His entire race was obliterated in a war and he is left to wonder the vast universe alone. Poor poor guy. There are certainly moments where the Doctor is hard and cold and those moments tend to be brought up with the Dyleks, the race that destroyed the Time lords.

The Doctor

3. The next lyrics: “If you think your heart is stone ,And that you’re rough enough to whip this world alone, Alone buddy there ain’t no peace of mind, That’s why I’ll keep searching till I find my special one…” Sure, the Doctor we assume is immortal as far as time goes. So he travels the universe alone and tries to do everything himself. But all those victories and all those huge things he accomplishes seem empty. There was never any piece of mind. But then (and I am starting in 2005 here) Rose Tyler comes around and things change. He cares, perhaps even loves her. And although she is mortal, the past 900 years of searching finally might have provided his special one.

The Boss…they both go by one name!

2. The first lyrics of the song: “I went out walking the other day, Seen a little girl crying along the way, She’d, been hurt so bad said she’d never love again, Someday your crying girl will end” This is clearly about Rose. In the alternate universe, some guy (presumably Bruce) sees this girl crying and asks her why? She explains how she loved a man so deeply and so intensely that no other thing on this planet or any other for that matter would ever fulfill her again. But the thing she wants the most will never be there again. She can never find him. The man that sees her would then console her saying her crying would finally end some day.

Rose Tyler

OH! And you might be wondering to yourself and then asking, if the song Two Hearts came out in 1980, how the hell could Bruce be writing about The Doctor and Rose from 2005? Well duh, that is simple enough…he encountered the Doctor at some point, probably discovered his talent for music, took a trip in the TARDIS to get some ideas and landed in 2005 and learned about Rose. It sort of makes sense. The whole song is written out of order. You start with Rose, you move on to talk about the Doctor dreaming, and then ultimately still searching for his special one…

1. The Doctor actually has two hearts! Yea, I am not kidding. He has two hearts. And they almost always prove to be better than one. Also, the Doctor tends to always get the job done.

Two Hearts

So rock on Bruce and the Doctor. Both of you need to keep the good stuff coming!


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  1. Reblogged this on thetop5five and commented:

    Relive some some song and sci-fi overlap!


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