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Bruce Springsteen: 'My childhood revolved around the Church'

Speaking to Kirsty Young on the BBC's Desert Island Discs yesterday, Springsteen revealed that all of his earliest memories revolved around the Church.

Springsteen said: "It's always the church, the church, the church.

"I think the thing I remember the most was the tall steeple at the end of the corner and the red bricks of the church.

"It was your second home. You lived there every Sunday and Friday.

"We saw every wedding, every funeral in town because we lived next door so there was always a show going on.

"Someone was always getting married or getting dead, so it was an enormous centre of my childhood life."

The Born in the USA singer was raised in New Jersey by his Catholic parents who he described in the interview as possessing "endless optimism" because of their faith.

In his recently published memoir, Born to Run, Springsteen wrote about the strict discipline he received at a Catholic school and how it disenchanted him from his faith for many years.

He wrote that it wasn't until years later when he "came to ruefully and bemusedly understand that once you're a Catholic you're always a Catholic."

"I don't participate in my religion but I know somewhere - deep inside - I'm still on the team," he added.

During the BBC Radio 4 interview, Springsteen listed eight songs which he would listen to on a desert island, including Hound Dog by Elvis Presley and I Wanna Hold Your Hand by the Beatles.

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