Official studio version 2
Your scrapbook's filled with pictures of all your leading men
Well baby don't put my picture in there with them
Don't make us some little girl's dream that can't ever come true
That only serves to hurt and make you cry like you do
Well baby don't do it to me and I won't do it to you
You see all the romantic movies, you dream and take the boys home
But when the action fades you're left all alone
You deserve better than this, little girl can't you see you do
Do you need somebody to prove it to you
Well baby you prove it to me and I'll prove it to you
Now every night you go out looking for true love's satisfaction
But in the morning you end up settling for just li- li- li- lights, camera, action
Uh hu hu
And another cameo role with some bit player you're befriending
You're gonna go broken-hearted looking for that happy ending
Well girl you're gonna end up just another lonely ticket sold
Crying alone in the theatre as the credits roll
You say I'll be like those other guys
Who filled your head with pretty lies
And dreams that can never come true
Well baby you be true to me and I'll be true to you
Ooh hoo hoo...
Ooh hoo hoo...
Ooh hoo hoo...
Ooh hoo hoo...
The above lyrics are for a studio take of BE TRUE recorded on 18 Jul 1979 or 21 Jul 1979 at The Power Station in New York City, NY. It is very similar to official studio version 1 but the arrangement is a little bit different and features double-tracked lead vocal. The lyrics are almost identical.
This studio version of BE TRUE was planned for release on Springsteen's 1979 album had it seen the light. See "The Ties That Bind" section below for more details. It was included on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen wrapped up the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour on the first day of 1979. For the next few months, he altered between composing and practicing solo demos at his home in Holmdel, NJ (between January and June 1979), rehearsing with the band at his Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ (between March and May 1979), and recording in studio at The Power Station in New York City, NY (from March to late August 1979).
By the end of August, enough quality material had been recorded at The Power Station, and it was looking like an album might be released in Christmas 1979. A title, "The Ties That Bind", and tracks were selected and wheels put in motion to produce artwork for the cover. Around September, at least ten tracks were mixed to completion. On 04 Oct 1979, the ten selected tracks were dubbed to two half-track reel-to-reel tapes at The Power Station, and labeled "side one" and "side two". The producer was Jon Landau and the engineers were Neil Dorfsman and Bob Clearmountain. These selected tracks were as follows:
Mock covers with "The Ties That Bind" title were roughed out early in the planning. The cover shot was to be a picture of Bruce Springsteen in front of a barn, with the back cover being a shot of his face behind a screen door. In late September 1979, and for reasons never fully explained, The Ties That Bind album was scrapped as Springsteen's writing process continued.
The Ties That Bind: The River Collection is a Bruce Springsteen box set released in 2015 on Columbia Records to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The River album. The 10"x12" box set contains four CDs, two Blu-Ray discs or three DVDs, and a hardcover 148-page coffee table book featuring 200 mostly unseen studio and live photographs, pages from Springsteen's notebooks, single covers, images and outtakes from the original album package, and other memorabilia documenting the album, plus a new essay by Mikal Gilmore. The box set was announced on 16 Oct 2015 and released to retail on 04 Dec 2015.
The first two discs consist of the 2014 remastered version of The River album. The third disc contains The River: Single Album, a 10-track album originally planned for release in 1979, under the title "The Ties That Bind". "The songs lacked the kind of unity and conceptual intensity I liked my music to have. So we went back in the studio," Springsteen wrote in his 1998 book Songs. He scrapped the project and went on to rework some of the songs and write and record some others, leading to the double-disc release the following year. All but one of these ten tracks were previously released.
|1.||THE TIES THAT BIND||Different version previously released on The River|
|3.||HUNGRY HEART||Previously released on The River|
|4.||STOLEN CAR||Previously released on Tracks|
|5.||BE TRUE||Previously released as a B-side and on Tracks|
|6.||THE RIVER||Previously released on The River|
|7.||YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)||Different version previously released on The River|
|8.||THE PRICE YOU PAY||Different version previously released on The River|
|9.||I WANNA MARRY YOU||Previously released on The River|
|10.||LOOSE ENDS||Previously released on Tracks|
The fourth discs contains The River: Outtakes, a 22-track album collection consisting of outtakes from the 1979-1980 sessions that didn't make the cut for either the single- or double-album versions of The River. The CD is divided into two parts, "Record One" (the first 11 tracks) and "Record Two" (the remaining 10 tracks). The former consists of unreleased songs while the latter consists of previously released songs.
|1.||MEET ME IN THE CITY||Previously unreleased|
|2.||THE MAN WHO GOT AWAY||Previously unreleased|
|3.||LITTLE WHITE LIES||Previously unreleased|
|4.||THE TIME THAT NEVER WAS||Previously unreleased|
|5.||NIGHT FIRE||Previously unreleased|
|7.||CHAIN LIGHTNING||Previously unreleased|
|8.||PARTY LIGHTS||Previously unreleased|
|9.||PARADISE BY THE "C"||Live version previously released on Live/1975-85|
|10.||STRAY BULLET||Previously unreleased|
|11.||MR. OUTSIDE||Previously unreleased|
|12.||ROULETTE||Previously released on Tracks|
|13.||RESTLESS NIGHTS||Previously released on Tracks|
|14.||WHERE THE BANDS ARE||Previously released on Tracks|
|15.||DOLLHOUSE||Previously released on Tracks|
|16.||LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD||Previously released on Tracks|
|17.||TAKE 'EM AS THEY COME||Previously released on Tracks|
|18.||RICKY WANTS A MAN OF HER OWN||Previously released on Tracks|
|19.||I WANNA BE WITH YOU||Previously released on Tracks|
|20.||MARY LOU||Previously released on Tracks|
|21.||HELD UP WITHOUT A GUN||Previously released as a B-side|
|22.||FROM SMALL THINGS (BIG THINGS ONE DAY COME)||Previously released on The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 3-disc edition)|
The fifth disc contains the 60-minute documentary, The Ties That Bind, produced and directed by Grammy and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny. The documentary features an intimate interview with Bruce Springsteen as he reflects on writing and recording of The River. The film transitions between Springsteen telling the stories behind the music — and illustrating them with solo acoustic guitar performances — interspersed with period concert footage and rare photos of him and the band in and out of the studio.
The sixth disc (on the Blu-Ray release) or sixth and seventh disc (on the DVD release) feature(s) The River Tour, Tempe 1980, a new professionally shot film consisting of 24 songs from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's 05 Nov 1980 concert at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. The film uses four cameras and is recorded in multitrack audio and clocks at 2 hours and 40 minutes. The tapes were edited by Thom Zimny and the audio was mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig.
The ten songs that are not included on The River Tour, Tempe 1980 (DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, INDEPENDENCE DAY, FACTORY, RACING IN THE STREET, CANDY'S ROOM, THE TIES THAT BIND, STOLEN CAR, WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY, POINT BLANK, and BACKSTREETS) were later officially released on Live.BruceSpringsteen.net.
The last disc also contains The River Tour Rehearsals, which consists of a 5-song 20-minute bonus footage from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's private rehearsals in late September 1980 at Clair Brothers Audio in Lititz, PA. Springsteen and the band can be seen working through live arrangements of what was then unreleased material from the upcoming album.
Prior to its release on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, this studio version of BE TRUE appeared on several bootlegs, including The Ties That Bind (unknown label) [track 05], The Definitive River Outtakes Collection Volume 1 (E. St. Records) [disc 2, tracks 05 and 07], and The Lost Masters Vol. 6 (Labour Of Love) [track 10].
On The Ties That Bind and The Lost Masters Vol. 6 bootlegs, the song is listed under the title "To Be True", just like on The Power Station reel-to-reel tapes (see "The Ties That Bind" section above). The Definitive River Outtakes Collection Volume 1 bootleg contains two different mixes of this same studio version.
List of available versions of BE TRUE on this website:BE TRUE [Official studio version 1]