BACKSTREETS

Live 30 Sep 1978 version


One soft infested summer me and Terry became friends
Trying in vain to breathe the fire we was born in
Catching rides to 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, say!
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 us loose from everything
To go running on the backstreets, running on the backstreets
We swore we'd live forever
On the backstreets we'd take it 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, on the truth that ran us down
Blame it all on me Terry, 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

Now laying here 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, 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

Hmmm mmmm
Hey, baby
It's good to see you back again
And honey, you're still looking fine
It's been such a long time
But I remember you
Yeah, I remember you
Standing on the corner
Of Richmond Avenue
With your hair piled all up high
And that crazy look in your eye
For every boy that was passing you by
And I swore
Back then, I swore
That for you
I'd drive all night
Any time, anywhere
I'd drive all night
I'd drive all night
Just to buy you some shoes
And to taste your tender charms
To have you hold me in your arms
For just one kiss
Baby, for just one kiss
And a look from your sad eyes
You had such lonely sad eyes
You had such pretty sad eyes
And baby, they'd cry
Cry all night
Baby, they'd be crying
Crying all night
Baby, like the rains came tumbling down
Whoah, and the tears, they fall
Falling down
Whoah, ah
La la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la ah
And me, I was just your fool
I thought that somehow I could stop
Some of your crying
That maybe I could stop
Your crying
I could stop
Your crying
But I didn't know
That baby'd been lying
Baby, you were lying
Weren't you though
Baby'd been lying
You were so young
And you could tell such pretty lies
And you know I wanted so bad
I wanted to believe it so bad
I wanted to believe it so bad
I wanted to believe it so bad
I wanted to believe it so bad
And now you're back
So now you've come back
Well baby, I'm back too
And I've been out,
And I've seen some things
About me
And about you
And it's time we stopped
It's time we stopped
Little girl, we stopped
Little girl, we've got to stop
Little girl, you've got to stop
Little girl, we've got to stop
Little girl, you've got to stop
Little girl, we've got to stop
It's time
To stop
Stop
Stop
Stop
Stop
Stop
Stop

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
On the backstreets, on the backstreets
On the backstreets, on the backstreets
On the backstreets, on the backstreets

Whoah

Whoah
Whoah, whoah, oh, oh, oh, oh


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 30 Sep 1978 performance of BACKSTREETS at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA, during the Darkness On The Edge OF Town Tour.

The 30 Sep 1978 Show

The 30 Sep 1978 show at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA, was broadcast by about twenty FM radio stations throughout the Southeastern United States. This was a make-up show that was originally slated for 23 Jul 1978 (see ad and ticket below) but was postponed due to Springsteen coming down with a throat infection. On the audio recording, Springsteen can be heard apologising for being sick and missing the original date.

Promotional ad for the postponed 30 Sep 1978 show at Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Promotional ad for the postponed 30 Sep 1978 show at Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
(Taken from Brucebase)
Ticket stub for the postponed 30 Sep 1978 show at Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Ticket stub for the postponed 30 Sep 1978 show at Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA

  1. GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT
  2. BADLANDS
  3. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  5. INDEPENDENCE DAY
  6. THE PROMISED LAND
  7. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  8. RACING IN THE STREET
  9. THUNDER ROAD
  10. JUNGLELAND
  11. SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN
  12. NIGHT TRAIN
  13. FIRE
  14. CANDY'S ROOM
  15. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  16. POINT BLANK
  17. SHE'S THE ONE
  18. BACKSTREETS
  19. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  20. BORN TO RUN
  21. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  22. DETROIT MEDLEY
  23. RAISE YOUR HAND

The 30 Sep 1978 broadcast from Fox 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 & The E Street Band -- The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia USA 30th September 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia USA 30th September 1978

3xCD - Echoes (ECHO3CD2031) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 30 Sep 1978 broadcast from Fox Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia USA 30th September 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia USA 30th September 1978

4xLP - Echoes (ECHO4LP2031) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 30 Sep 1978 broadcast from Fox Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978

3xCD - Live Wire (LW2006) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 30 Sep 1978 broadcast from Fox Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Foxy Night 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Foxy Night 1978

3xCD - Leftfield Media (LFM3CD537) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 30 Sep 1978 broadcast from Fox Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts

15xCD - Sound Stage (SSCDBOX10) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 09 Aug 1978 broadcast from The Agora, the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre, the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre, the 30 Sep 1978 broadcast from Fox Theatre, and the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.

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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