Bruce Springsteen - "Atlantic City"
This one has my favorite Springsteen opening lines ever or at least this month:
Well they blew up the Chicken Man in Philly last night
Now they blew up his house too
The song opens like something from The Sopranos, though the narration quickly moves to the narrator, who exists on a much lower level than the forces at play with The Chicken Man, the DA, the Gambling Commission, and the oncoming rumble. He's a man in fix, he's got debts no honest man can pay, and he's going to do an unnamed favor for an unnamed associate and hopefully hit paydirt and skip town with his girl.
"Atlantic City" was the first single from Nebraska. It was released thirty years ago, but see if these words apply to present times:
Down here there's just winners and losers and don't get caught on the wrong side of that line
Thirty years. Wonder if the narrator of "Atlantic City" is still around and wonder if he's still waiting for that money to trickle down.