AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS)

Live 01 Jul 2000 version


(41 shots)
(41 shots)
(41 shots)
(41 shots)
(41 shots)
(41 shots)
(41 shots)
(41 shots)
[spoken:] We need some quiet

41 shots, and we'll take that ride
'Cross this bloody river to the other side
41 shots, cut through the night
You're kneeling over his body in the vestibule
Praying for his life

Well, is it a gun, is it a knife
Is it a wallet, this is your life
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living in your American skin

(41 shots)
(41 shots)
(41 shots)
(41 shots)

41 shots, Lena gets her son ready for school
She says, "On these streets, Charles
You've got to understand the rules
If an officer stops you, promise me you'll always be polite
And that you'll never ever run away
Promise Mama you'll keep your hands in sight"

Well, is it a gun, is it a knife
Is it a wallet, this is your life
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living in your American skin

(41 shots)
(41 shots)
(41 shots)
(41 shots)

(41 shots)
(41 shots)
(41 shots)
(41 shots)

Is it a gun, is it a knife
Is it in your heart, is it in your eyes
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)

41 shots, and we'll take that ride
'Cross this bloody river to the other side
41 shots, got my boots caked in this mud
We're baptized in these waters
(baptized in these waters)
And in each other's blood
(and in each other's blood)

Is it a gun, is it a knife
Is it a wallet, this is your life
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living in
You can get killed just for living in
You can get killed just for living in
You can get killed just for living in
You can get killed just for living in your American skin

(41 shots)
You can get killed just for living in
(41 shots)
You can get killed just for living in
(41 shots)
You can get killed just for living in
(41 shots)
You can get killed just for living in
(41 shots)
You can get killed just for living in
(41 shots)
You can get killed just for living in
(41 shots)
You can get killed just for living in [fades out]


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 01 Jul 2000 performance of AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during The Reunion Tour.

Ticket stub for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Ticket stub for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
(Taken from Brucebase)
Pass for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Pass for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

This live 01 Jul 2000 performance of AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) was part of the 2001 HBO special (read below), and was subsequently released in 2001 on Live In New York City, both the album and the home video. It was also included on The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition) compilation album.

Bruce Springsteen performing AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) during the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY (from the "Live In New York City" DVD)
Bruce Springsteen performing AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) during the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY (from the "Live In New York City" DVD)

Live In New York City

The Reunion Tour wrapped up with a ten-night stand at Madison Square Gardens in New York City, between 12 June and 01 July 2000. Footage from the last three nights (27 Jun, 29 Jun, and 01 Jul 2000) was used in early 2001 for HBO's Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live In New York City TV special. Running at 90 minutes, the film consisted of a 14-song selection from the last two nights (29 Jun and 01 Jul 2000). It first aired on 07 Apr 2001 and was the first ever major televised Bruce Springsteen concert.

In 2001, HBO received six Emmy Award nominations and won two for their acclaimed film.

  • Nominee for "Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program"
  • Winner of "Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multicamera) for VMC Programming"
  • Nominee for "Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special"
  • Nominee for "Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special"
  • Winner of "Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special"
  • Nominee for "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special"

The full HBO broadcast was released on Live In New York City, both the album (released on 03 Apr 2001) and the home video (released on 06 Nov 2001). The album includes 6 bonus tracks (20 in all) and the home video includes an additional 5 plus one audio track that plays over the end credits (26 in all). These bonus tracks are taken from all three filmed nights (27 Jun, 29 Jun, and 01 Jul 2000) and were not part of the HBO broadcast.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live In New York City (album)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live In New York City (album)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live In New York City (DVD)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live In New York City (DVD)

Disc 1:

  1. MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN [01 Jul 2000]
  2. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT [01 Jul 2000]
  3. TWO HEARTS [01 Jul 2000]
  4. ATLANTIC CITY [01 Jul 2000]
  5. MANSION ON THE HILL [01 Jul 2000]
  6. THE RIVER [01 Jul 2000]
  7. YOUNGSTOWN [29 Jun 2000]
  8. MURDER INCORPORATED [01 Jul 2000]
  9. BADLANDS [29 Jun 2000]
  10. OUT IN THE STREET [01 Jul 2000]
  11. BORN TO RUN [01 Jul 2000]

Disc 2:

  1. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  2. LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS [01 Jul 2000]
  3. AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [01 Jul 2000]
  4. LOST IN THE FLOOD [01 Jul 2000]
  5. BORN IN THE U.S.A. [01 Jul 2000]
  6. DON'T LOOK BACK [29 Jun 2000]
  7. JUNGLELAND [29 Jun 2000]
  8. RAMROD [01 Jul 2000]
  9. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]

Disc 1 (original HBO broadcast):

  1. Crowd noise audio over program start
  2. MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN [01 Jul 2000]
  3. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT [01 Jul 2000]
  4. TWO HEARTS [01 Jul 2000]
  5. ATLANTIC CITY [01 Jul 2000]
  6. MANSION ON THE HILL [01 Jul 2000]
  7. THE RIVER [01 Jul 2000]
  8. YOUNGSTOWN [29 Jun 2000]
  9. MURDER INCORPORATED [01 Jul 2000]
  10. BADLANDS [29 Jun 2000]
  11. OUT IN THE STREET [01 Jul 2000]
  12. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  13. BORN TO RUN [01 Jul 2000]
  14. LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS [01 Jul 2000]
  15. AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [01 Jul 2000]
    AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) audio snippet over closing credits [01 Jul 2000]

Disc 1 (New York City Serenade featurette):

  • Interview with Bob Costas [unknown date]
  • BADLANDS snippet [29 Jun 2000]
  • PROVE IT ALL NIGHT snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • LIGHT OF DAY snippet [29 Jun 2000]
  • TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD snippet [rehearsal]
  • THE TIES THAT BIND snippet [29 Jun 2000]
  • ADAM RAISED A CAIN snippet [27 Jun 2000]
  • MURDER INCORPORATED snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • BACK IN YOUR ARMS snippet [27 Jun 2000]
  • BORN TO RUN snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • THE PROMISED LAND snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • BLOOD BROTHERS snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • BLOOD BROTHERS audio snippet over closing credits [01 Jul 2000]

Disc 2 (bonus tracks):

  1. Crowd noise audio over program start [unknown date]
  2. BACKSTREETS [01 Jul 2000]
  3. DON'T LOOK BACK [29 Jun 2000]
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN [29 Jun 2000]
  5. LOST IN THE FLOOD [01 Jul 2000]
  6. BORN IN THE U.S.A. [01 Jul 2000]
  7. JUNGLELAND [29 Jun 2000]
  8. LIGHT OF DAY [29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  9. THE PROMISE [01 Jul 2000]
  10. THUNDER ROAD [27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  11. RAMROD [01 Jul 2000]
  12. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  13. THE E STREET SHUFFLE (audio only playing over closing credits) [01 Jul 2000]
  1. MY HOMETOWN [29 Jun 2000]
  2. THIS HARD LAND [29 Jun 2000]
  • The Live In New York City album was released on CD, Super Audio CD, and vinyl. The home video was released on DVD and VHS.
  • Last three (not two) nights of The Reunion Tour (27 Jun 2000, 29 Jun 2000, and 01 Jul 2000) and a rehearsal were filmed.
  • Jonathan Demme reportedly directed an unreleased video of AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) during a pre-show rehearsal on 26 Jun 2000 at Madison Square Garden. Therefore, the rehearsal footage used in the Live In New York City home video most probably took place on 26 Jun 2000 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY.
  • THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD snippet on the featurette is definitely from the rehearsal since it was not played on any of the three nights (27 Jun 2000, 29 Jun 2000, and 01 Jul 2000). What also supports this is the lack of audience shots/noise and camera flashes on the footage.
  • TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT is a mix of 29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000.
  • THUNDER ROAD is a mix of 27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000.
  • IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND from the Live In New York City DVD is a mix from the 27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 shows.
  • The credits at the end of disc 2 of the Live In New York City DVD state that footage from only the last two nights (29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000) was used. However, as mentioned above, THUNDER ROAD and IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND contain portions from the 27 Jun 2000 show.
  • The audio playing over the New York City Serenade featurette closing credits is the beginning of BLOOD BROTHERS, looped on itself over and over again, with no vocals but with crowd noise added. The music is the same as the version of that song that appears earlier in the featurette, which was recorded on 01 Jul 2000, so the audio snippet is most probably taken from that version.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen

The Essential Bruce Springsteen is a compilation album released as part of Sony BMG'S (previously Sony Music Entertainment) series of "Essential" sets. According to Springsteen's liner notes comments, the collection was intended as an introduction to his music for new fans who attended shows on The Rising Tour.

The collection is fundamentally a 2-disc set (clocking at 153:37) compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Live In New York City release. A 3-disc limited edition (clocking at 201:04) was also released. It includes a bonus third disc comprising of a selection of rarities and previously unreleased recordings.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was released on 11 Nov 2003 on Columbia Records. It debuted and peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart where it spent 13 weeks. It also reached #28 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was awarded certified gold and platinum records by the RIAA on 16 Dec 2003.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was reissued on 16 Oct 2015, this time as a 2-disc set (clocking at 156:25) with an updated track list, compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Greatest Hits (1995 edition) collection. This 2015 reissue features remastered tracks not found in that form on other Springsteen releases.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)

Other Official Releases

The live 01 Jul 2000 version of AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) also appeared on a few singles, EPs, and compilations. While the album version clocks at 7:45, the single version is heavily edited, clocking at 5:09. It is missing the "41 shots, 41 shots..." intro, the guitar solo is edited (37 seconds on the album version and 19 seconds on the single edit), the "41 shots, 41 shots..." are shortened in the midsection, and the saxophone solo at the end fades out much earlier (it is one minute long on the album version, but fades after just 18 seconds on the single edit).

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- American Skin (41 Shots) (Canada single, front)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- American Skin (41 Shots)

CD-R single - Columbia (no catalog number) - Canada, 2001

1-track promotional CD-R.

01- AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Live 01 Jul 2000 version - edit]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- American Skin (41 Shots) (USA single, front)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- American Skin (41 Shots)

CD-R single - Columbia (no catalog number) - USA, 2001

Promotional CD-R containing both the 5:09 edited version of AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) and the unedited album version.

01- AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Live 01 Jul 2000 version - edit]
02- AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Live 01 Jul 2000 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live In New York City Album Sampler
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live In New York City Album Sampler

CD EP - Columbia (SAMPCM 9988) - Austria, 2001

European promotion-only EP (made in Austria) compiling four tracks from the Live In New York City album.

01- AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Live 01 Jul 2000 version - edit]
02- LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS [Live 01 Jul 2000 version]
03- BORN TO RUN [Live 01 Jul 2000 version]
04- THE RIVER [Live 01 Jul 2000 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- American Skin (41 Shots) (Australia single, front)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- American Skin (41 Shots)

CD-R single - Columbia (no catalog number) - USA, 2001

Promotional CD-R containing both the 5:09 edited version of AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) and the unedited album version.

01- AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Live 01 Jul 2000 version - edit]
02- AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Live 01 Jul 2000 version]
Various artists -- Hit's A Sony 2001 May
Various artists -- Hit's A Sony 2001 May

CD - Sony (XDCS 93460) - Japan, 2001

Promotional album.
Various artists -- Dep Anglo Rock (album cover art)
Various artists -- Dep Anglo Rock

CD - Columbia / Epic / Sony Music (DEP 668) - Argentina, 2001

Sony Music promotional compilation. Contains the edited version of AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS).

Credits / References

Thanks Jyrki (jjvirta at Greasy Lake) and gosino (at Greasy Lake) for some of the above scans. Info for some of the above releases is taken from the Lost In The Flood website.

Available Versions

List of available versions of AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) on this website:

AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Album version]
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [2001 studio version]
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Live 17 Jun 2000 version]
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Live 01 Jul 2000 version]
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Live 30 Jul 2002 version]
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Live 25 Sep 2009 version]
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Live 23 Mar 2012 version]
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Live 15 Apr 2014 version]
AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [Live 18 Nov 2015 version]

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