BACKSTREETS

Live 31 Dec 1977 version


[Spoken intro:] I don't know if I'll remember all the words to this. It's been so long since we played. We'll give it a try.

Hmmm
Whoa-whoa-whoaaa-whoa
Heyyy-hey
Heyyy-hey
Baby we could steal away
Steal away
In the backstreets
In the backstreets
In the backstreets
Hmmm
Hmmm
I got love
I found a love
I found a love
So sweet and so fine
I swear I'd drive all night
Just to make, just to make, just to make that pretty thing mine
I swear I'd drive all night
Just to buy that, just to buy you baby some shoes
I swear I'd drive all night
Just to taste, just to taste your tender charms
Just to hold you, just to hold you, just to hold you close
Just to hold you in my arms
Yes I would
I swear darling
I promise
I swear I would
I swear I would
I swear I would

Hey, oh! Hey, oh, alright! Hey, alright! Hey, alright! Hey keep it cool! Hey alright! Oh no

One soft infested summer me and Terry became friends
Trying in vain to breathe the fire we were born in
Rockin' to the beat, well now your body'd sway
Getting wasted, and everyone all went
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
With a love so hard and filled with defeat
Running for our lives at night on them backstreets

Slow dancing in the dark on the beach at Stockton's Wing
Where lovers always park we sat with the last of the Duke Street Kings
Huddled in the dark, with the glory bell that rings
Huddled in the dark, where I thought about the ring
To go running on the backstreets, running on the backstreets
We swore forever friends, say!
On the backstreets until the end
'Til the end

And as you dance and kings out on the streets
Blasting down the streets, on the streets dressed in the drag
Running into the darkness, you would hear somebody cryin'
At night it seemed like you could hear that whole damn city crying
Blame it on the lies that killed us, on the truth that ran us down
Blame it all on me, it don't matter to me now
When the breakdown hit at midnight there was nothing left to say
I hated him and I hated you when you went away
Whoah, whoah

We're layin' in the dark, you're like an angel on my chest
Just another tramp of hearts crying tears of faithlessness
Remember all the movies, Terry, that we'd go see
Trying in vain to move 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 we'd live forever
On the backstreets we'd take it together

On the backstreets we'd take it
Mmmhmm
Mmmhmm
Baby I remember
Baby I remember
And I remember in the weekends
Hitchhiking, hitchhiking outside of town
I remember there was this old abandoned, was this old abandoned car all stripped down
I remember when we were stupid kids and we used to go there in the weekends
We used to hitchhike out there
And we used to sit in the backseat
Yeah baby in the backseat
Baby in the backseat
And I remember
I remember the night those kids set fire to that old abandoned farmhouse
And we could see, we could see the flames rushing towards the sky across the fields
As we sat on the hood, we could see the flames rushing towards the sky across the fields
And I remember you told me
You telling me
You said "Baby"
You said "Billy, I shall always be yours
I will never let you go
I will never let you go baby
I will never let you go
I will never let you go"
And I remember watching the flames rushing towards the sky
And I remember us running
Running across the fields
Running through the fields
Running past that big white house on the hill
Running past them iron gates
Running through them iron gates
Running past that big white house that sat on the hill
Running through the fields
I remember and you said "Baby, I shall never let you go
I swear I'll never let you go"
And I remember waiting
I remember waiting
I remember waiting
I remember you were gonna quit your job and I was gonna quit my job too
I remember we were gonna go
And I remember standing in the rain
I remember waiting, standing in the rain
And I remember the rain came tumbling down
And I remember waiting
And I remember rain came tumbling down
And I remember
I remember that
You told me
I remember what you told me
I remember
You lied!
You lied!
You lied!
You lied!

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 back, say it!
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 tonight, on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, on the backstreets

Yeah!
Yeah, alright!
Ooh, huuhh, whoooaaah, oh, oh


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 31 Dec 1977 performance of BACKSTREETS at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ. The song features the first known version of DRIVE ALL NIGHT in the intro. Introducing the song, Springsteen declared that he "don't know if I'll remember all the words to this. It's been so long since we played." It had been more than nine months since he performed BACKSTREETS, and since this was a unscheduled appearance, the song was not rehearsed. As a result, he forgot much of the lyrics, making them up on the spot.

The 31 Dec 1977 Show

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes were the headliners for the 31 Dec 1977 show at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ. The new year's eve concert was broadcast live on WNEW-FM. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band made an unscheduled appearance at the end of the show, joining the Jukes onstage for a few songs. Springsteen and the band then kicked into a 5-song set of their own. Only the first two songs of this unscheduled portion of the show were broadcast on radio. The remaining three were not broadcast at the request of Springsteen himself, but audience and soundboard recordings of those songs are available.

Promotional poster for the 31 Dec 1977 show at Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ
Promotional poster for the 31 Dec 1977 show at Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ
(Taken from Wolfgang's Vault)
Ticket stub for the 31 Dec 1977 show at Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ
Ticket stub for the 31 Dec 1977 show at Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ
(Taken from Brucebase)

  1. HAVING A PARTY
  2. THE FEVER
  3. I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME
  4. (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER
  5. LITTLE LATIN LUPE LU
  6. YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN
  7. BACKSTREETS
  8. BORN TO RUN
  9. QUARTER TO THREE

The first four tracks feature Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. The remaining five feature only Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.

The Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band portion of the 31 Dec 1977 show at Capitol Theatre was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe.

Bruce Springsteen -- Live At The Capitol Theatre Passaic, NJ December 31st 1977
Bruce Springsteen -- Live At The Capitol Theatre Passaic, NJ December 31st 1977

Digital album - BKC (no catalog number) - UK, 2015

This is a download-only digital album. It contains part of the 31 Dec 1977 show (Springsteen's set with the E Street Band) at Capitol Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen -- Passaic NJ, 1977
Bruce Springsteen -- Passaic NJ, 1977

Digital album - Lilith Records (no catalog number) - UK, 2016

This is a download-only digital album. It contains part of the 31 Dec 1977 show (Springsteen's set with the E Street Band) at Capitol Theatre.

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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