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- Posted on Jun 29th 2011 8:26PM by Benjy Eisen
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Now, fans can read Springsteen's eulogy in its entirety and, yes, it certainly is moving. It's also unexpectedly revealing. In the essay-length speech, which Springsteen posted (slightly amended) to his website, he writes, "Clarence doesn't leave the E Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die." But he also alludes to the fact that Clemons wasn't just a sideman playing saxophone in a rock band -- he had many sides and shades to his towering personality, not all of them flattering.
"It took a village to take care of Clarence Clemons," writes Springsteen about his dear and close friend of more than 40 years. "My pal was a tough act, but he brought things into your life that were unique and when he turned on that love light, it illuminated your world."
You can read the complete eulogy at Bruce Springsteen's official website.