What do you think is the saddest Bruce Springsteen song? I'm thinking it is Atlantic City. The narrative of the song seems to be headed in the direction of "love will prevail," but at the end sort of floats away...or crumbles, leaving the song's protagonist hanging. I find it to be gut wrenching, but effective. I leave the song with a similar feeling to the one I left the theater with after watching Meek's Cutoff, by Kelly Reichardt.