BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN

Live 31 Jan 1998 version


Southside Johnny (spoken):One, a two, a one two
Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi:Baby, baby, without your love

Southside Johnny:Ow!
Southside Johnny:Saw my baby, yes I did

Jon Bon Jovi:Take a look at me, darling
Southside Johnny:Tell me what you see now, baby
Jon Bon Jovi:I'm only half the man now, honey
Southside Johnny:That I used to be, Lord have mercy
Jon Bon Jovi:Well since you been gone now, baby
Southside Johnny:My life ain't nothin' but an empty shell
Jon Bon Jovi:What say you come back to me, darling
Southside Johnny:You've got to come back and make this lonely man well

Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi:'Cause I'm a broke down piece of man
I'm a broke down piece of man
I'm just a broke down piece of man
Jon Bon Jovi:Without your love
Southside Johnny:Oh yes I am, baby

Southside Johnny:Heartache and misery, darling
Jon Bon Jovi:Are walking right down by my side now, baby
Southside Johnny:Sadness came and got a hold on me
Jon Bon Jovi:Get on over here before I cry
Southside Johnny:You've got to give our love now, baby
Jon Bon Jovi:Give our love one more chance
Southside Johnny:Well that's the only way darling
Jon Bon Jovi:This old heart of mine will last

Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi:'Cause I'm a broke down piece of man
I'm a broke down piece of man
I'm a broke down piece of man
Southside Johnny:Without your love
Jon Bon Jovi:I am

Jon Bon Jovi:No one knows the troubles I've got
Southside Johnny:It's your love I need and I need it a lot, babe
Uh ha ha
Uh ha ha
This old heart

Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi:'Cause I'm a broke down piece of man
I'm a broke down piece of man
Southside Johnny:baby
Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi:I'm a broke down piece of man
Without your
Southside Johnny:I'm trying baby
Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi:Without your love
Southside Johnny:Ooh yeah
Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi:Without your love
Jon Bon Jovi:Baby, baby
Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi:Without your love
Southside Johnny:Yes I did, yes I did, yes I did
Jon Bon Jovi:Baby, baby
Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi:Without your love, baby baby
Without your love, baby baby
Without your love, baby baby
Without your love, baby baby
Without

Southside Johnny:Everything gonna be alright
Yes it is

Intro

BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN is a 1967 song by Sam & Dave. See the original Sam & Dave version for more details.

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes covered the song and released it on their 1976 album I Don't Want To Go Home.

Live 31 Jan 1998 version

The above lyrics are for live 31 Jan 1998 performance of BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during the "Come Together: Jon Bon Jovi & Friends" benefit concert. Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi traded lead vocals on this song. Bruce Springsteen did not sing, but he probably was onstage playing guitar during this and all the other songs on which he did not sing.

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.

Live History

BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN was performed off-tour on 31 Jan 1998 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during the "Come Together: Jon Bon Jovi & Friends" benefit concert.

  1. 31 Jan 1998 at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

Credits

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

Available Versions

List of available versions of BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN on this website:

BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN [Live 31 Jan 1998 version]
BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN [Original Sam & Dave version]

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