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"Born to Run" going up for auction

Monday, December 02, 2013 - 01:20

Dec. 2 - A draft of the lyrics to Bruce Springsteen's popular song ''Born to Run'' will be auctioned by Sotheby's in New York. Jeanne Yurman reports.

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Alongside centuries old books and historic documents, an original draft of Bruce Springsteen's smash hit "Born to Run" will be offered at Sotheby's next books and manuscripts auction. Handwritten in blue ink on binder paper in 1974 - this working draft of the iconic song - reveals unpublished and unrecorded lyrics. Sotheby's Head of Books and Manuscripts, Richard Austin. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RICHARD AUSTIN, HEAD OF BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS DEPARTMENT AT SOTHEBY'S NEW YORK, SAYING: "There is a story he tells about sitting on the edge of his bed with his guitar and the phrase born to run comes into his head. And what you are actually looking at is the process he goes through to get to the finished song. And what's really fun about this is you have the lyrics that we all recognize like 'Tramps like us, baby we were born to run'. But you also have a lot of lyrics that are unfamiliar certainly to the average Springsteen fan and probably even some very serious Springsteen fans." It took Springsteen six months to complete "Born to Run". The song was released in 1975 and helped him become one of the greatest rock stars of all time. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RICHARD AUSTIN, HEAD OF BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS DEPARTMENT AT SOTHEBY'S NEW YORK, SAYING: "This song is, it's a narrative as much as anything else and there is real poetry to it." The draft of the famous lyrics will go up for sale December 5th with a pre-sale price tag ranging from $70,000 to $100,000 (USD) dollars.

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"Born to Run" going up for auction

Monday, December 02, 2013 - 01:20