Bruce Springsteen – TOP56-songs: 49 – From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)Bruce Springsteen – TOP56-biisit: 49 – From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)

From the album The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003).

From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come) is originally a song from the River-sessions from the fold of 1970s-80s. The version recorded then saw the light of day 23 years later when in 2003 was released The Essential-compilation for which was gathered a bonus disc from previously unreleased material. In fact, after The River was released this song went to british rocker Dave Edmunds who then recorded and released it.

There has always been a spot for simple, well-done basic rock ‘n’ roll in my heart. From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come) has just that feel, although there is that one tasty minor chord in a surprising place. As a live song this has been heard rarely but it’s a song in which the E Street Band is at its best.

In the lyrics there’s even glimpses from the album following The River, Nebraska, but there’s also the collision between happy music and quite a gloomy text, that can be found on several other Bruce songs as well. This one’s about a girl who drops out of school to go out and live her dreams. The journey starts nicely:

At sixteen she quit high school to
make her fortune in the promised land
She got a job behind the counter in an
all night hamburger stand
She wrote faithfully home to mama
”Now mama don’t you worry none”
From small things, mama
Big things one day come

It was late one Friday he pulled in
out of the dark
He was tall and handsome; first she
took his order, then she took his heart
They bought a house up on the hillside
Where little feet soon would run
From small things, mama
Big things one day come

At the end things take a turn to worse. Love was just passing by and the girl leaves his boy to go with another man to Tampa. Down there life is at beginning just “heaven in the sun” until that happiness comes to an end: the girl shoots his man because she couldn’t stand the way he drove. In the end there’s just her original husband Johnny with two children waiting for their mom to be released. Everything affects everything else and small streams grow into a large river and so on…

Well she shot him dead
On a sunny Florida road
When they caught her all she said
Was she couldn’t stand the way he drove

Back home lonesome Johnny
Prays for his baby’s parole
He waits on the hillside
Where the Wyomie waters roll
At his feet and almost grown now
A blue-eyed daughter and a handsome son
Well from small things, mama
Big things one day come
Well from small things, mama
Big things one day come

This was one of the first tracks that hit me outside the popular ones a few years ago. The sound is clear and story’s good and not too long. I also got to hear the live version on the first gig in Turku 2013, when there also was a great horn section to fill the sound. Here’s a clip from that as well.

Albumilta The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003).

From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come) on alunperin The River-albumin satoa 70-80-lukujen taitteesta. Tuolloin äänitetty versio näki päivänvalon 23 vuotta myöhemmin, kun vuonna 2003 julkaistun The Essential-sarjan kokoelman lisäksi iskettiin levyllinen ennenjulkaisematonta materiaalia vuosien varrelta. Itseasiassa The Riverin jälkeen biisi meni britti Dave Edmundsille, joka sen myös levytti.

Allekirjoittaneen musiikkimaussa on aina ollut paikka simppelille, hyvin tehdylle perus-rock’n’rollille. From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come) on meiningiltään juuri sellainen vaikka välillä onkin se yksi maukas mollisointu yllättävässä paikassa. Keikkaversiona, jota on kuultu aika harvoin, tämä on juuri sitä osastoa jossa E Street Bandia parempaa bändiä saa etsiä.

Tekstissä on jopa vivahteita The Riveriä seuranneesta Nebraskasta, mutta toisaalta myös muutamassa muussa Bruce-biisissä kuultavaa ristiriitaa iloisen musiikin ja aika synkänkin tekstin välillä. Laulu kertoo tytöstä, joka jättää koulun kesken lähteäkseen toteuttamaan unelmiaan. Alkuun meneekin ihan hyvin:

At sixteen she quit high school to
make her fortune in the promised land
She got a job behind the counter in an
all night hamburger stand
She wrote faithfully home to mama
”Now mama don’t you worry none”
From small things, mama
Big things one day come

It was late one Friday he pulled in
out of the dark
He was tall and handsome; first she
took his order, then she took his heart
They bought a house up on the hillside
Where little feet soon would run
From small things, mama
Big things one day come

Lopulta käy kuitenkin huonommin. Rakkaus olikin ohikiitävää ja tyttö lähtee toisen miehen matkaan Tampaan. Sielläkin elämä on alkuun ”heaven in the sun”, kunnes sillekin onnelle tulee loppu: tyttö ampuu miehensä koska ei kestänyt sitä kuinka miehensä ajoi. Lopulta jäljelle jää vain alkuperäinen miehensä Johnny kahden lapsen kanssa odottamaan äidin vapautumista. Kaikki vaikuttaa kaikkeen ja pienistä puroista kasvaa suuri joki, vai miten se meni…

Well she shot him dead
On a sunny Florida road
When they caught her all she said
Was she couldn’t stand the way he drove

Back home lonesome Johnny
Prays for his baby’s parole
He waits on the hillside
Where the Wyomie waters roll
At his feet and almost grown now
A blue-eyed daughter and a handsome son
Well from small things, mama
Big things one day come
Well from small things, mama
Big things one day come

Tämä oli ensimmäisiä raitoja, jotka itselle kolahtivat hittiosaston ulkopuolelta vuosia sitten. Perussoundi on selkeä ja tarina hyvä eikä liian pitkä. Liveversiokin sattui kohdalle Turun ensimmäisellä keikalla 2013, jolloin höysteenä oli torvisektion soittama kuvio. Laitetaanpa siitäkin pätkä oheen.