Bruce Springsteen released a new song Thursday morning called "Letter to You," the title track to an upcoming, 12-song album due out Oct. 23.
The album, produced by Springsteen and Ron Aniello, includes three songs that Springsteen wrote in the early 1970s and never released: "If I Was the Priest," "Song for Orphans" and "Janey Needs a Shooter."
In a press release, Springsteen described the recording session as "completely live in the studio, in a way we've never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I've ever had."
The song is in the classic E Street Band style: layered guitars, swirling organ, chiming piano and crashing drums. The lyrics are an impassioned description of a confessional moment: the singer on his knees, writing a letter to an unnamed recipient, written from a point of view of age and experience, expressing "all that I found true."