Bruce Springsteen spoke candidly about his cautious move into becoming a family man during his recent Renegades: Born In The USA podcast with Barack Obama on Spotify.

The Asbury Park Press transcribed some of “The Boss'” key observations on delving in to marriage and parenthood with wife Patti Scialfa in the early-90’s, with Springsteen recalling, “The problem that I had was I didn’t trust myself for a long, long, long time with someone else’s feelings. All you have is faith to go on. If you take a baby step, you’ll be able to take another one. Where did that faith come from? It comes out of the love in your life. My case: Patti was an enormous source of love in my life and a deep well of faith for me. Gave me the faith in myself to risk parts of myself that I’d never risked before and say, ‘Hey, I think I’m there at a place where I can hold this down and let the chips fall where they may.'”

He spoke about the panic that comes with finally making the leap to open your heart fully: “If it all crumbles and comes apart and winds up in ruin, then that’s what happened. Y’know? But if it doesn’t, what if it doesn’t? Then what am I going to do? What if suddenly I find myself with a family and with a long-standing love? Who am I then?”

Springsteen went on to talk about his ultimate fear: “Deep inside I want to have a family, and I felt like I got to be honest with her. I said, ‘Patti, I don’t know if I can make this.’ And she said, ‘Well, we’ll see.’'”

SIDE NOTES

  • Bruce Springsteen has just issued Madison Square Garden, New York – 6/27/2000 — the latest official bootleg in his ongoing monthly archive series.
  • The tracklisting to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s ‘Madison Square Garden, New York 06/27/2000’ is: “Code Of Silence,” “The Ties That Bind,” “Adam Raised A Cain,” “Two Hearts,” “Trapped,” “Factory,” “American Skin (41 Shots),” “The Promised Land,” “Youngstown,” “Murder Incorporated,” “Badlands,” “Out In The Street,” “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” “Loose Ends,” “Back In Your Arms,” “Mary Queen Of Arkansas,” “Backstreets,” “Light Of Day,” “Hungry Heart,” “Born To Run,” “Blinded By The Light,” “Thunder Road,” “If I Should Fall Behind,” and “Land Of Hope And Dreams.”

CHECK IT OUT: Bruce Springsteen in 1992 performing “Living Proof” from In Concert/MTV Plugged: