Those attending Duke University's commencement ceremonies this weekend will have something special to look at besides the graduates.
The original, hand-written lyrics from Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" will be on display at the college's library through Saturday (May 10). The lyric sheet's current owner, Floyd Bradley of California, purchased them at auction for $197,000 last December at Sotheby's; his daughter Melissa graduates from Duke this weekend -- as does Springsteen's daughter, Jessica.
Springsteen also purchased Bradley's mother's home in California for his own mother, and the two even met during the transaction. The "Born To Run" lyrics are written in pen on a sheet of 8.5-by-11-inch lined paper and are different from the version Springsteen ultimately recorded, with no reference to "Wendy" and a couple mentions of "a gold Chevy 6" that didn't make the final version.
...In other Springsteen news, The Boss played a pair of acoustic songs, "The Promised Land" and "Dancing in the Dark, and shared a table with President Barack Obama at the USC Shoah Foundation gala on Wednesday night (May 7) in Los Angeles. Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg and Samuel L. Jackson also attended, while Conan O'Brien hosted the event.
Springsteen has four more shows left on his current U.S. tour, which wraps May 18 in Uncasville, Conn., and will play shows with good pal Joe Grushecky on May 22-23 in Pittsburgh.