BACKSTREETS

Live 15 Dec 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 street 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 came 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
And 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

Till the end
Hello, baby
It's good to see you back again
Honey, you're still looking fine
It's been such a long, long time
But baby, I remember you
Baby, I remember you
And I know you remember me too
And I know you remember
Hitchhiking outside of town on a summer night
I know you remember that stripped down Cadillac
The one you used to take me riding in back
Yeah, the one you used to take me riding in back
And I know you remember
Oh, going down and down and down, on the inside
Slipping down and down and down, to the inside
Slipping down and down and down, to the inside
Slipping down and away
And I know you remember, on the outside
You'd hear them crying in the street
And on the inside, slipping down and down and down
On the outside, the cop's on the corner
On the inside, slipping down and down and down
And I remember I swore, a long, long time ago,
I swore that, for you, I'd drive all night
Any time, any place
I'd drive all night
Just to buy you some shoes
Just to buy you a Christmas present
Just to check you out
Just to see how you were doing
Just to – just for one sweet kiss
Just for one
Just to hear you say that you love me
And I remember that you promised that you'd never leave without me
I remember, way back then, you promised you'd never leave without me
I remember, way back then, you promised
And like everything else from those days, you promised
And you lied
Didn't you?
You lied
Little girl, you lied
Little girl, you lied
And so now you've come back, and I want to know why
I want to know why
I want to know why
I want to know why
And I want to know just what makes you think
I mean, just what makes you think it's so easy?
I mean, just what makes you think
Just what makes you think it's so easy to
To stop
To stop
To stop
To stop
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
Hey!

Whoah, whoah, whoah, oh, whoah


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 15 Dec 1978 performance of BACKSTREETS at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour.

The 15 Dec 1978 Show

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed two concerts at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, on 15 and 16 Dec 1978. The 15 Dec 1978 concert was broadcast live on local radio station KSAN-FM.

Promotional poster for the 15 and 16 Dec 1978 shows at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Promotional poster for the 15 and 16 Dec 1978 shows at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Ticket stub for the 15 Dec 1978 show at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Ticket stub for the 15 Dec 1978 show at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
(Taken from Brucebase)

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

Notes: TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT, RAISE YOUR HAND, and QUARTER TO THREE were not part of the radio broadcast, but they are on the soundboard tapes that circulate among fans. TWIST AND SHOUT remains unconfirmed – a fan who was present recalls with a certain degree of certainty that when the show was over and the stage was cleared, Springsteen and the band returned some minutes later to perform one more song for of those who remained.

The 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom 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 -- Winterland Night 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978

3xCD - Leftfield Media (LFM3CD532) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978

3xCD - Echoes (ECHO3CD2001) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978

4xLP - Echoes (ECHO4LP2001) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume One
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume One

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV257LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 1 of three of the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Two
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Two

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV258LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 2 of three of the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Three
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Three

LP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV259LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 3 of three of the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978

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

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
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 / References

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

Some of the above info about the 15 Dec 1978 show is taken from Brucebase.

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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