Charles Wesley Godwin Teases New Song “10-38,” Written As A Sequel To Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper”

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It’s always a good day when Charles Wesley Godwin is teasing new music…

He just posted an incredible new acoustic video of a new song called “10-38,” which he noted in the caption was written as a sequel to Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper.”

“State Trooper” was included on Springsteen’s 1982 album Nebraska, and is a pretty dark and desperate song about a man who has seemingly committed some sort of crime, and is begging in a sort of stream of consciousness that the state trooper won’t pull him over.

In police code, “10-38” means stopping a suspicious vehicle, and CWG’s song is told from the trooper’s perspective, as he narrates the thoughts of the police officer responding to that call.

The person he pulls over takes out his gun and things get desperate at the scene, though the officer just wants to do his job and get through the evening safely in one piece…

I won’t spoil what happens here, though, so make sure you check it out for yourself:


This song is meant to be a sequel to @springsteen’s ‘State Trooper’ off of one of my favorite albums ever, ‘Nebraska.’ Enjoy!”

You can always count on Charles to bring fresh, creative ideas to his music, and that haunting, brooding voice totally sells every word of this song:

He also recently teased that a new album is coming this year, so if we’re lucky, “10-38” will find its way onto the tracklist…

Charles is also gearing up to hit the road with his friend Zach Bryan for the Burn, Burn, Burn tour that kicks off in May.

“State Trooper”

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A beer bottle on a dock