BACKSTREETS

Live 06 Mar 1977 version


One soft infested summer me and Terry became friends
Trying in vain to breathe the fire we was born in
Catching rides through the outskirts, tying faith between our teeth
Sleeping in that old abandoned beach house, getting wasted in the heat
And hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
With a love so hard and filled with defeat, hey!
Running for our lives at night on them backstreets

Slow dancing in the dark on the beach at Stockton's Wing
Where desperate lovers park we sat with the last of the Duke Street Kings
Huddled in our cars waiting for the bells that ring
In the deep heart of the night that set you loose from everything
To go running on the backstreets, running on the backstreets
We swore we'd live forever, hey!
On the backstreets we'd take 'em together

Endless juke joints and Valentino drag
Where dancers scraped the tears up off the streets dressed down in rags
Running into the darkness, some hurt bad some really dying
At night sometimes it seemed you could hear that whole damn city crying
Blame it on the lies that killed us or on the truth that ran us down
Blame it all on me, it don't matter to me now
When the breakdown came at midnight there was nothing left to say
I hated him and I hated you when you went away
Whoah, whoah

Now laying here in the park, you're like an angel on my chest
Just another tramp of hearts crying tears of faithlessness
Remember all the movies, Terry, we'd go see
Trying to learn how to walk like the heroes we thought we had to be
Well after all this time to find we're just like all the rest
Stranded in the park and forced to confess
To hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
We swore forever friends
On the backstreets until the end

Until the end
It's me and you, baby
It's me and you, girl
We were going to steal away
We were going to steal away
We were going to slip away
Damn it, we had it all figured out
You was going to quit your job
And I was going to quit my job, too
And I remember
Whoah, I remember
Those long weekends, we used to
This guy had abandoned this old car
In the middle of this field about
Two, three miles outside of town
And we used to hitchhike out there and
It was about two, three hundred feet off the tracks
I remember this night we were out there
Riding
We were out there riding in back
Oh, way down by the railroad tracks
Oh, in the backseat
In the backseat
In the backseat of that old Cadillac
Baby, used to ride in the back
Well darling, take me back
Whoah, won't you take me back
And I'm waiting down
And I remember this night
I remember there was this farmhouse
About a mile up the road
And these kids, they set
There was a van, these kids set fire to it that night
And they had these machines down there
And they had this fire down there
It was just burning out of control
And there was sitting in the backseat of the car and
And at night, we could see the flames shooting in the air
And see the water shooting in the air
And I remember you promised that you was never going to go
You swore you was never going to
Go anyplace in this town without me
And I remember you promised
And I remember how we swore to it
And I remember sitting on the hood of the car
And watching it rushing toward us
Watching the fire rushing toward us
Watching the fire rushing toward us
Watching the fields turn from red to orange
And I remember standing on the corner
Well I remember standing on the corner
My car
Yeah, my suitcase packed
Oh, we were gonna make some tracks, make some tracks
And the rain was falling down
I remember Joey the cop asking me what I was waiting for
And I stood there
And time went by
And the night went by
And I'm standing there, three in the morning,
And I was just wishing
Just wishing that God would send down some angels
And blow this whole town into the sea
Just wishing that God would send some angels
And blow this whole town right into the sea
Just wishing that God would send some angels
And blow this whole town right into the sea
Just wishing that God would send some angels
And blow us all away
And blow us all away
And blow us all away
And blow us all away
Because you promised
And blow us all away
Because you promised
And blow us all away
Because you promised
Just blow it all away
Because you promised
Just blow it all away
Because you promised
You promised
Because you promised
And because...
You lied!!!
You lied!!!
Whoooooaaaaaaahhhhhhh

Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
It's alright
We'll go hiding on the backstreets tonight
Well on the backstreets, on the backstreets
Yeah
Whoah, whoah whoah whoah whoah whoah whoah
On the backstreets

Oh, alright
Whoah, whoah whoah whoah whoah
Whoah oh oh, oh, oooh oh oh uh uh uh uh


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 06 Mar 1977 performance of BACKSTREETS at Jai Alai Fronton in Miami, FL, during what is known as The Lawsuit Tour.

Promotional ad for the 06 Mar 1977 show at Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, FL
Promotional ad for the 06 Mar 1977 show at Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, FL
(Taken from Brucebase)

Despite the marvelous reception received by both Born To Run and the tour which followed, the relationship between Bruce Springsteen and his now former manager and producer Mike Appel was deteriorating. In July 1976 the storm broke; Mike Appel wrote to Springsteen saying that he would not allow Jon Landau (Springsteen's friend and co-producer of Born To Run) to produce the next album, citing a particular paragraph from their original agreement. Springsteen replied on 27 Jul 1976 by firing manager Mike Appel and suing him and his management company Laurel Canyon Ltd. in Federal Court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, breach of trust, and undue influence. Appel counter-sued on 29 Jul 1976 in New York State Supreme Court, asking the court to prohibit Springsteen and Jon Landau from working together in studio. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were slated to enter the studio that year for the recording of a new album, except that on 15 Sep 1976 the judge in the lawsuits case ruled that Springsteen was enjoined from any further recording with Columbia Records until Appel's suit was resolved. This would drag for about a year. Meanwhile, Springsteen continued gigging, and in the process broke his self-imposed rule of not playing the larger arenas. This was basically because he was not able to put a record out, and it was the only way his fans would be able to hear him at all. The tour became known as "The Lawsuit Tour" (62 know dates, August 1976 to March 1977).

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of BACKSTREETS on this website:

BACKSTREETS [Album version]
BACKSTREETS [Unofficial studio version 1]
BACKSTREETS [Unofficial studio version 2]
BACKSTREETS [Unofficial studio version 3]
BACKSTREETS [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 22 Aug 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 29 Sep 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 30 Sep 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 09 Oct 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 25 Oct 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 28 Oct 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 29 Oct 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 30 Oct 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 02 Nov 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 03 Nov 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 04 Nov 1976 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 13 Feb 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 22 Feb 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 06 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 13 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 19 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 22 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 23 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 24 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 25 Mar 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 31 Dec 1977 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 23 May 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 31 May 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 09 Jun 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 16 Jun 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 04 Aug 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 09 Aug 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 01 Sep 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 19 Sep 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 30 Sep 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 15 Dec 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 19 Dec 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 20 Dec 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 28 Dec 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 31 Dec 1978 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 01 Jan 1979 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 28 Aug 1981 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 25 Aug 1984 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 13 Jun 1985 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 21 Jun 1985 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 17 Mar 1988 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 20 Mar 1988 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 23 Apr 1988 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 03 May 1988 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 21 Feb 1995 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 31 Jan 1998 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 15 Mar 1999 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 01 Jul 2000 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 16 Sep 2003 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 22 Nov 2005 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 17 Oct 2007 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 22 Apr 2008 version]
BACKSTREETS [Live 21 Jul 2009 version]

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