The 30-line set of lyrics, will go on display at the university’s Perkins Library from Thursday through Saturday. It will then move to the David M. Rubenstein Rare book & Manuscript Library, where it will remain from May 12th to June 27th. The set of lyrics, which was written in ink on a piece of lined paper, were purchased by a California man named Floyd Bradley, whose daughter is graduating from Duke.
Bradley, a retired computer software marketer, paid a total of $197,000 for the set of lyrics first written in 1974, and according to Associated Press, bears little resemblance to the song that Springsteen would make a hit in 1975, as well as play in each of his concerts. While there is a mention of lines such as “tramps like us” and the “everlasting kiss” reference, there is no mentioning of some woman name Wendy, but of a gold Chevy 6.
Also according to Associated Press, it seems that Bradley has quite a connection with Springsteen, as he had met the rocker once before. An exhibit librarian at Duke University, has called “Born to Run” one of the most iconic songs of all time, and important to American history, and is perhaps one if not the reasons for the upcoming exhibit.