In Candy's room, there are pictures of her heroes on the wall
But to get to Candy's room, you gotta walk the darkness of Candy's hall
Strangers from the city call my baby's number and they bring her toys
When I come knocking, she smiles pretty, she knows I wanna be Candy's boy
There's a sadness hidden in that pretty face
A sadness all her own, from which no man can keep Candy safe
We kiss, my heart's rushes to my brain
And the blood rushes in my veins, the fire rushes towards the sky
And then we go driving, driving deep into the night
I go driving deep into the light, in Candy's eyes
She says, "baby if you wanna be wild, you got a lot to learn
Close your eyes, let them melt, let them fire, let them burn"
'Cause in the darkness, there'll be hidden worlds that shine
When I hold Candy close she makes these hidden worlds mine
She has fancy clothes and diamond rings
She has men who give her anything she wants, but they don't see
That what she wants is me
Oh and I want her so, I'll never let her go, no no no
She knows that I'd give all that I got to give
All that I want, all that I live to make Candy mine
CANDY'S ROOM is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1978 album Darkness On The Edge Of Town. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of CANDY'S ROOM as released in 1978.
According to Sony's database of Springsteen recording sessions, CANDY'S ROOM was cut on 27 Sep 1977, 12 Dec 1977, and 03-05 Mar 1978 at The Record Plant in New York City, NY. In his 2012 book E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days Of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Clinton Heylin wrote that Springsteen worked extensively on the song in late September 1977 and that he "spent a further three days in early March 1978 working through some seventy-nine 'takes' ‒ surely a series of vocal overdubs."
Despite the marvelous reception received by both Born To Run and the tour which followed, the relationship between Bruce Springsteen and his now former manager and producer Mike Appel was deteriorating. In July 1976 the storm broke; Mike Appel wrote to Springsteen saying that he would not allow Jon Landau (Springsteen's friend and co-producer of Born To Run) to produce the next album, citing a particular paragraph from their original agreement. Bruce replied on 27 Jul 1976 by firing manager Mike Appel and suing him and his management company Laurel Canyon Ltd. in Federal Court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, breach of trust, and undue influence. Appel countersued on 29 Jul 1976 in New York State Supreme Court, asking the court to prohibit Springsteen and Jon Landau from working together in studio. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band were slated to enter the studio that year for the recording of a new album, except that on 15 Sep 1976 the judge in the lawsuits case ruled that Springsteen was enjoined from any further recording with Columbia Records until Appel's suit was resolved. This would drag for about a year.
Meanwhile, Springsteen continued gigging, and in the process broke his self-imposed rule of not playing the larger arenas. This was basically because he was not able to put a record out, and it was the only way his fans would be able to hear him at all.
Springsteen reached a final settlement in his yearlong litigation with Mike Appel on 28 May 1977. Effectively this meant that for the first time in a year Springsteen was able to go into a studio and record. The Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions kicked off in early June 1977 at Atlantic Record Studios, New York City, NY. Springsteen had a considerable amount of new material, but the songs were in various stages of writing completion. Consequently many of the songs were shaped over the course of numerous sessions spanning several months.
The sessions at Atlantic Studios were only two or three weeks old when problems surfaced. Springsteen didn't like the sound he was getting from the studio, particularly the drums. On top of that Atlantic Studios did not offer a particularly comfortable or livable environment for the musicians. A decision was taken to shift operations to the nearby Record Plant where most of the Born To Run album had been recorded. However financial commitments to Atlantic Studios were already made, and on such short notice it was hard to find un-booked studio time at the popular Record Plant. Consequently the Jul-Aug 1977 period saw Springsteen and the band recording at both studios, but mostly Atlantic Studios. From September to late December, all the recording seems to have taken place at The Record Plant, where all the recordings issued on the original album emanate from.
The actual recording sessions for Darkness On The Edge Of Town were completed by early January 1978. The mixing sessions began in early January 1978 and dragged on until late March. There was a tremendous amount of different mixes considered, with Springsteen changing his mind on the mix of THE PROMISED LAND as late as early April.
Darkness On The Edge Of Town was released on Columbia Records on 02 Jun 1978. It was produced by Bruce Springsteen and Jon Landau.
The album features 10 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 42:55.
A different mix of the album version of CANDY'S ROOM, with reverb and delay added to the lead vocal, have been in circulation on bootlegs, including The Original Darkness Mixes (E. St. Records) [track 03].
CANDY'S ROOM was used as the B-side to BADLANDS uniquely on a single made in Holland for export to France. This is now among the rarest and most thought after Springsteen records.
The album version of CANDY'S ROOM can be also found on two Bruce Springsteen promo-only samplers.
Other versions of CANDY'S ROOM were also officially released.
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Bruce Springsteen's album version of CANDY'S ROOM appears in one movie.
A few artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's CANDY'S ROOM.
List of available versions of CANDY'S ROOM on this website:CANDY'S ROOM [Album version]