57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON)

Album version


I bought a bourgeois house in the Hollywood hills
With a truckload of hundred thousand dollar bills
Man came by to hook up my cable TV
We settled in for the night my baby and me
We switched 'round and 'round 'til half-past dawn
There was fifty-seven channels and nothin' on
Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on
Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on

Well now home entertainment was my baby's wish
So I hopped into town for a satellite dish
I tied it to the top of my Japanese car
I came home and I pointed it out into the stars
A message came back from the great beyond
There's fifty-seven channels and nothin' on
Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on
Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on

Well we might'a made some friends with some billionaires
We might'a got all nice and friendly if we'd made it upstairs
All I got was a note that said "Bye-bye John
Our love's fifty-seven channels and nothin' on"
(Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on)

So I bought a .44 magnum, it was solid steel cast
And in the blessed name of Elvis well I just let it blast
'Til my TV lay in pieces there at my feet
And they busted me for disturbin' the almighty peace
Judge said "What you got in your defense son?"
"Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on"
Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on
Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on

I can see by your eyes friend you're just about gone
Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on
Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on
Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on
Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on
Fifty-seven channels and...


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Info

57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1992 album Human Touch. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) as released in 1992.

Composition and Recording

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Music Video

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Human Touch

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Bruce Springsteen -- Human Touch
Bruce Springsteen -- Human Touch

Human Touch features 14 tracks and clocks at 58:49.

  1. HUMAN TOUCH
  2. SOUL DRIVER
  3. 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON)
  4. CROSS MY HEART
  5. GLORIA'S EYES
  6. WITH EVERY WISH
  7. ROLL OF THE DICE
  8. REAL WORLD
  9. ALL OR NOTHIN' AT ALL
  10. MAN'S JOB
  11. I WISH I WERE BLIND
  12. THE LONG GOODBYE
  13. REAL MAN
  14. PONY BOY

Single

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Other Official Releases

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Bruce Springsteen -- The Christic Shows, November 16 & 17, 1990
The live 16 Nov 1990 version and the live 17 Nov 1990 version of 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) were released on The Christic Shows, November 16 & 17, 1990 official live download in 2016.

Live History: on-tour

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Live History: off-tour

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Covers

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Various artists -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen: Made In the U.S.A.
Various artists -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen: Made In the U.S.A.

CD - Purple Pyramid (CLP 1049-2) - USA, 2001

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) is performed by Teddy "Zig Zag".
Mark Wright -- Real World: The Bruce Springsteen Project
Mark Wright -- Real World: The Bruce Springsteen Project

CD - Revolver (REV XD 271) - UK, 2008

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- The Boss Project: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- The Boss Project: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - no label (no catalog number) - Canada, 2016

This is a free download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album. 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) is performed by C.R. Avery.

Available Versions

List of available versions of 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) on this website:

57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) [Album version]
57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) [Live 16 Nov 1990 version]
57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) [Live 17 Nov 1990 version]
57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) [Live 05 Jun 1992 version]
57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) [Live 10 Jul 1992 version]
57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) [Teddy Zig Zag's cover version]

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