BACKSTREETS

Live 31 Jan 1998 version


One soft infested summer me and Terry became friends
Trying in vain to breathe the fire we was born in
Catching rides, outskirts, tying faith between our teeth
Sleeping in that old abandoned beach house, getting wasted in the heat
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
With a love so hard and filled with defeat
Running for our lives at night out on those 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 the whole damn city crying
Blame it on the lies that killed us, on the truth that ran us down
You can 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
But I hated him and I hated you when you went away
Say it!

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
But 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

(Hey!)
(Hey!)
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
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets

Whoah, whoah


Info

The above lyrics are for live 31 Jan 1998 performance of BACKSTREETS at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during the "Come Together: Jon Bon Jovi & Friends" benefit concert.

The song was also rehearsed the previous day at Count Basie Theatre.

The 31 Jan 1998 Show

The "Come Together: Jon Bon Jovi & Friends" benefit concert was organized by the Long Branch Police Department, The Asbury Park Press, and FPI Concerts, along with Jon Bon Jovi. The concert was to honor slain Long Branch police officer Sgt. Patrick King and raise money for the Sgt. Patrick King Memorial Fund to provide for his family. King, 45-year-old father of two young boys, was fatally shot on 20 Nov 1997 by a fugitive who had vowed to kill himself and a police officer rather than be captured and returned to jail.

Twenty musicians with ties to the Jersey shore music scene answered Jon Bon Jovi's call, including Bruce Springsteen and several members of the then-disbanded E Street Band (Clarence Clemons, Danni Frederici, Patti Scialfa, Steven Van Zandt, and Max Weinberg), Southside Johnny, Bobby Bandiera, and Richie Sambora among others. Actor Danny DeVito was the event's MC. Tickets, which were priced at $125, went on sale on 17 Jan 1998 noon and sold out in just eight minutes. The concert that was organized in short order raised more than $112,000 for King's widow and his two sons.

Promotional poster for the 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
Promotional poster for the 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
Ticket stub for the 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
Ticket stub for the 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

"It was a chance to forget about [the murder] a little bit," Long Branch police Sgt. Bruce Johantgen, one of about 50 city police officers who attended the show, told The Asbury Park Press. "The outpouring of love from the performers to the audience was unbelievable". Johantgen said he found it ironic that Bon Jovi and other performers thanked the audience for coming to the sold-out show. "From the police perspective, I kept thinking, 'We should be thanking you for giving your time'," Johantgen said.

This was a near-reunion of the fabled E Street Band and Springsteen's first full-length electric gig following the acoustic The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour. Springsteen spent much (or possibly all) of the night onstage, singing or playing guitar only. Soundboard recording for the complete concert is available among collectors.

  1. THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL (with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, and Steven Van Zandt)
  2. TWO HEARTS (Bruce Springsteen with Steven Van Zandt)
  3. BAD MEDICINE (Jon Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny)
  4. UNTIL THE GOOD IS GONE (Steven Van Zandt)
  5. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (Bruce Springsteen with Jon Bon Jovi)
  6. BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN (Southside Johnny and Bon Jovi)
  7. HARD TIMES COME EASY (Richie Sambora)
  8. LOVE'S GLORY (Patti Scialfa)
  9. THERE GOES MY BABY (Southside Johnny)
  10. THIS TIME BABY'S GONE FOR GOOD (Bruce Springsteen with Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt)
  11. YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME (Bruce Springsteen with Jon Bon Jovi)
  12. THE PROMISED LAND (Bruce Springsteen)
  13. ALL I NEEDED WAS YOU (Southside Johnny and Van Zandt)
  14. SOMEDAY I'LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT (Jon Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny)
  15. BOBBY JEAN (Bruce Springsteen)
  16. BLOOD ON BLOOD (Jon Bon Jovi)
  17. THE FEVER (Bruce Springsteen with Southside Johnny and Clarence Clemons)
  18. I'VE BEEN WORKING TOO HARD - LITTLE QUEENIE (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi)
  19. I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME (Bruce Springsteen with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, and Steven Van Zandt)
  20. IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME (Bruce Springsteen with Southside Johnny and Van Zandt)
  21. WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE (Bruce Springsteen with Jon Bon Jovi)
  22. BACKSTREETS (Bruce Springsteen)
  23. FOREVER (Steven Van Zandt)
  24. LIVIN' ON A PRAYER (Jon Bon Jovi)
  25. BADLANDS (Bruce Springsteen)
  26. I PLAYED THE FOOL (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi)
  27. KEEP THE FAITH (Jon Bon Jovi)
  28. BORN TO RUN (Bruce Springsteen)
  29. ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD (Bruce Springsteen with all performers)
  30. TREAT HER RIGHT (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi with all performers)
  31. THUNDER ROAD (Bruce Springsteen with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Van Zandt, and all performers)

The 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie Theatre was commercially released in the UK. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels 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 the UK.

Bruce Springsteen & Bon Jovi -- Live On Air
Bruce Springsteen & Bon Jovi -- Live On Air

2xCD - Laser Media (1143272) - UK, 2016

This release contains part of the 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie 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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