Bruce Springsteen Reacts to Lana Del Rey Mentioning Him in a Song

Lana Del Rey often mentions other celebrities in her music, however, it’s rare for a celebrity to directly respond to one of her songs. During his radio show, From His Home To Yours, Bruce Springsteen reacted to a Del Rey song which mentions him by name –as well as Del Rey’s work as a whole. Here’s a look at the song — and what Springsteen had to say.

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How Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to a Lana Del Rey song

Del Rey is obsessed with famous figures. On her EP Paradise alone, she mentions Walt Whitman, Jesus Christ, Marilyn Monroe, the Virgin Mary, and Harvey Weinstein. In one of the tracks from the album, “American,” Del Rey praised the singing abilities of two of America’s greatest showbusiness icons: Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen.

Springsteen could have ignored the shout-out. Del Rey released “American” in 2012 and he had not publicly commented on the track for years. However, NME reports he decided to pay tribute to the song by playing it on his radio show. He alluded to his mention in the lyrics. “She’s, uh, name-checking some guy from New Jersey in there,” he said. “I’m not sure who.” “American” did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but it clearly meant something to The Boss.

“American”

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Springsteen went on to discuss Del Rey’s life and work. According to NME, he said “She is from New York, and was raised in Lake Placid. Lake Placid, a fabulous little American town where I have spent many a lovely summer evening with my children and my family over the years. And Lana is simply one of the best songwriters in the country, as we speak. She just creates a world of her own and invites you in. So a big favorite of mine, the lovely Lana Del Rey.”

During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Springsteen discussed Del Rey’s album Norman F*cking Rockwell. “I listen to Lana Del Rey’s Norman F*cking Rockwell album,” he said. “I just love her writing. It’s cinematic. Her album’s great.” Springsteen’s love of Norman F*cking Rockwell makes sense, as he is a classic rock artist and the album is filled with references to classic rock artists, from Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys to John Lennon to The Mamas and The Papas.

“The Greatest”

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Why ‘Born to Die’ wouldn’t be the same without The Boss

In addition, there’s another significant connection between Del Rey and Springsteen. In an interview with The Telegraph, Del Rey cited Springsteen as an influence on her album Born to Die — the album which introduced her to a much wider audience than her previous work. Born to Die includes ‘Summertime Sadness,” which might be Del Rey’s most famous song to date. Springsteen appreciated Del Rey — but Del Rey’s career might not be the same without Springsteen’s influence.