AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU

Official studio rehearsal version


I tried to change, I got a job in sales
I bought a shirt, uptown in Bloomindales
And babe I tried, to make the latest scene
Hip and cool, just like Jimmy Iovine

I bought a record with all the latest grooves
A book of love, with all the latest moves
I bought some flowers, and I waited at your door
And you came out, didn't want to see me no more

Whoa whoa whoa (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
I quit little darling (whoa whoa little darling)
Yeah no matter what I do, and you know it's true
Ain't good enough for you
Hey! Hey! Hey!
No matter what I do, girl you know it's true
Ain't good enough for you
No matter what I do, girl you know it's true
Ain't good enough for you
Alright!
Hey, hey, hey!
Yeah-yeah
Yeah-yeah
Yeah-yeah
Yeah-yeah
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Hey-hey
Hey-hey


Info

Video footage of Bruce Springsteen rehearsing AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU in early 1978 (most probably early January) at The Record Plant in New York City was released on The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set in 2010 (read below). The above lyrics are for that studio rehearsal version of the song. Springsteen is singing over a backing track and apparently the recording is cut. The video is shot by Barry Rebo.

Bruce Springsteen performing AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU in studio in 1978 at The Record Plant, New York City, NY (from the 'Thrill Hill Vault 1976-1978' DVD)
Bruce Springsteen performing AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU in studio in 1978 at The Record Plant, New York City, NY (from the 'Thrill Hill Vault 1976-1978' DVD)

The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story

The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story is a Bruce Springsteen box set released in 2010 on Columbia Records. It was originally expected to be released for the Darkness On The Edge Of Town album's 30th anniversary in 2008, but that didn't happen, possibly due to Springsteen's touring schedule. The box set was officially announced on 26 Aug 2010 and released to retail on 16 Nov 2010.

The 8.5"x11" box set contains three CDs, three Blu-Ray discs or three DVDs, and an 80-page spiral-bound notebook containing facsimiles from Springsteen's original notebooks from the recording sessions, which include alternate lyrics, song ideas, recording details, and personal notes, in addition to a new essay by Springsteen on the album and never-before-seen photographs. The box set won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story (box set cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story (box set cover art)

Disc 1 consists of a digitally remastered version of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town album. Disc 2 and 3 consist of The Promise, a collection of unreleased songs from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions.

Disc 4 is The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town, a documentary that was produced for the box set. It was directed by Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny. The ninety-minute film combines never-before-seen footage of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band shot between 1976 and 1978, including home rehearsals and studio sessions, with new interviews with Springsteen, E Street Band members, manager Jon Landau, former manager Mike Appel, and others closely involved in the making of the record.

The documentary premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 14 Sep 2010 and also aired on HBO on 07 Oct 2010. It was first exclusively available as part of The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, but was then released separately on 03 May 2011, in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats, with some bonus features.

Disc 5 consists of two parts: Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park 2009 and Thrill Hill Vault 1976 - 1978[I]. The former is a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's live performance of the [I]Darkness On The Edge Of Town album in its entirety, shot in HD on 13 Dec 2009 at Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ, without an audience.

  1. BADLANDS
  2. ADAM RAISED A CAIN
  3. SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT
  4. CANDY'S ROOM
  5. RACING IN THE STREET
  6. THE PROMISED LAND
  7. FACTORY
  8. STREETS OF FIRE
  9. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  10. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

Thrill Hill Vault 1976-1978 is a collection of archival footage from Springsteen's personal vault It consists of an about-an-hour's worth (it clocks at about 56 minutes) of home rehearsals footage from 1976, studio sessions footage from 1978, and live in concert footage from 1978. It was produced and edited by Emmy- and Grammy-winner Thom Zimny and the audio for the live 1978 footage and some of the 1978 studio footage was mixed by Bob Ludwig. Zimny re-edited the 1978 concert footage making use of previously unseen camera angles. The home rehearsals and studio session footage was originally produced and directed by Barry Rebo, while the live in concert footage was originally directed by Arnold Levine.

  1. SAVE MY LOVE [Holmdel, NJ 76]
  2. CANDY'S BOY [Holmdel, NJ 76]
  3. SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT [Red Bank, NJ 76]
  4. DON'T LOOK BACK [NYC 78]
  5. AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU [NYC 78]
  6. THE PROMISE [NYC 78]
  7. CANDY'S ROOM [demo, NYC 78]
  8. BADLANDS [Phoenix 78]
  9. THE PROMISED LAND [Phoenix 78]
  10. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT [Phoenix 78]
  11. BORN TO RUN [Phoenix 78]
  12. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) [Phoenix 78]

Disc 6 is Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut, a video of the complete 08 Dec 1978 concert at The Summit in Houston, TX. The footage was taken from the in-house video screen at The Summit, which was one of the first arenas in the United States to have this system at the time. This gave the release its title "Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut". Considering that it was taken from the mono soundboard, the sound is only available in PCM stereo and not in 5.1 surround. The video was produced by Emmy- and Grammy-winner Thom Zimny and the audio was mastered by Bob Ludwig. It clocks at around 176 minutes.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU on this website:

AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU [Official studio version]
AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU [Official studio rehearsal version]
AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU [Unofficial studio version]
AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU [Live 07 Dec 2010 version]

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