A handwritten working manuscript of Bruce Springsteen's 1975 hit “Born to Run” has sold for $197,000 at a New York City auction.
It sold at Sotheby’s, where the pre-sale estimate was $70,000 to $100,000. Sotheby’s say the document had been in the collection of Bruce's former manager, Mike Appel. The auctioneers didn’t reveal the seller’s or buyer’s identity.
Some of the document remains secret. Sotheby's says most of the lines in this 1974 version are “unpublished and unrecorded.” However, the manuscript does include “a nearly perfected chorus.”
The draft apparently includes some variations from what was eventually recorded. “This town’lll rip the (out your) bones from your back / it's a suicide trap (rap) (it's a trap to catch the young) your dead unless / you get out (we gotto) while your young so (come on! / with) take my hand cause tramps / like us baby we were born to run.” All handwritten by Springsteen, with notes in the margins.
Springsteen wrote this draft in Long Branch, New Jersey, in blue ink. It’s on an 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of ruled notepaper.