The rough manuscript of "Born to Run" that will be auctioned next week is believed to be handwritten by Springsteen and dates to 1974. The lyrics are composed in blue ink, and the autographed sheet of paper contains notes in the margins and revisions throughout. Sotheby's says the lyrics were composed in Long Branch, N.J.
The instantly recognizable "tramps like us" line is in this early cut, but the familiar character of Wendy appears to be absent. Springsteen seems to have also tinkered between using the words "rebels" or "heroes" on numerous points throughout the song, and the phrase "suicide trap" is present, but "death trap" is still off the handwritten page.
But before you put the lyrics on your Christmas list, you'll want to make sure you have a year or two's salary set aside. Sotheby's estimated the draft to go for between $70,000 and $100,000.
"Although Springsteen is known to have an intensive drafting process, few manuscripts of 'Born to Run' are available, with the present example being one of only two identified that include the most famous lines in the song," an unnamed Sotheby's representative told the Associated Press.
The "Born to Run" lyrics will be offered for auction on Dec. 5.
Springsteen, has set Jan. 14 for the release of "High Hopes," a new studio album with some old familiar tunes. The artist's 18th studio album overall, the Columbia Records effort will be the artist's first since 2012's "Wrecking Ball." The 12 tracks of "High Hopes" will consist of covers of other artists, studio outtakes and new recordings of songs that have morphed during their live presentations.