Official studio rehearsal version
[Spoken:] Miami looking good! Ready?
In Candy's room, there are pictures of her savior on the wall
But to get to Candy's room, you got to walk the darkness of Candy's hall
Strange men from the city call Candy's number and bring Candy toys
But when I come knocking she smiles pretty, because she knows tonight I'm gonna be Candy's boy
Now in the olden days when the Mongolian gangs roamed on route nine
We go running scared in the shivering rain, settle down south through the pines
Dark weekends in the sun in that cheap motel out by the Dynamo
We loved each other till there was nothing left, and we drove that old car as hard and fast as she would go
Well I got a cool summer wind, oh Candy you know I needed you
But now Candy's got a man who takes care of her better than I do
Well there's machines and there's fire watching at night in Candy's eyes
And there's some bad boys for hire, they're gonna blow us because Candy lies
We'll get them to the worse because when it's all done and we're in the street
I'll come knocking and you'll smile pretty because I'll be Candy's boy if she wants me to be
Guess I will forever be Candy's boy if she wants me to be
Video footage of Bruce Springsteen rehearsing CANDY'S BOY with the band at his 1976-1981 residence on Telegraph Hill Road in Holmdel Township, NJ, in Autumn 1976 was released on the Thrill Hill Vault 1976-1978 DVD in 2010 (read below). The above lyrics are for that rehearsal version of the song. At this stage, CANDY'S BOY was still a work-in-progress and featured some different lyrics from the later-recorded official studio version.
Thrill Hill Vault 1976-1978 is a collection of archival footage from Springsteen's personal vault that was released on 16 Nov 2010 exclusively as part of the The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats. The video clocks at about 56 minutes, and is combined with Darkness On The Edge Of Town: Paramount Theater, Asbury Park 2009 on one disc.
Thrill Hill Vault 1976-1978 consists of an about-an-hour's worth of home rehearsals footage from 1976, studio sessions footage from 1978, and live in concert footage from 1978. It was produced and edited by Emmy- and Grammy-winner Thom Zimny and the audio for the live 1978 footage and some of the 1978 studio footage was mixed by Bob Ludwig. Zimny re-edited the 1978 concert footage making use of previously unseen camera angles. The home rehearsals and studio session footage was originally produced and directed by Barry Rebo, while the live in concert footage was originally directed by Arnold Levine.
List of available versions of CANDY'S BOY on this website:CANDY'S BOY [Official studio version]