I’m taking off to Milwaukee to see Springsteen in a little bit, and I just wanted to leave this here so people remember this song exists. I’ve always thought “Maria’s Bed” was an absolute banger and never understood why it didn’t connect with a wider audience. Granted Devils & Dust isn’t a rocking album, but this song is a blast.
His vocal delivery on it is fantastic-a little higher than normal, but maintaining his usual power. The country-tinged guitar and mandolin sound beautiful with that sweet Wurlitzer in the background that keeps building louder and louder. Everything just comes together to create a song unlike pretty much anything else in his catalog, and I really love it.