CHIMES OF FREEDOM

Live 15 Oct 1988 version


Bruce Springsteen:Far between sundown's finish and midnight's broken toll
We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing
As majestic bells of bolts struck shadows in the sound
Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing
Tracy Chapman:Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight
Flashing for the refugees on an unarmed road of flight
And for each and every underdog a soldier in the night
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Sting:In the city's melted furnace, unexpectedly we watched
With faces hidden around the walls were tightening
Well as the echo of the wedding bells before the blowing rain
Dissolved into the bells of lightning
Peter Gabriel:Tolling for the rebel, oh tolling for the rake
Tolling for the luckless, the abandoned and forsaked
Tolling for the outcast, burning constantly at stake
We gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Youssou N'dour:Whoaa laaa looo
Ley la-la la-laaa

Youssou N'dour:Even though cloud white curtain in a far-off corner flashed
And the hypnotic splattered mist was slowly lifting
An electric light still struck like arrows, fired but for the ones
Condemned to drift or else be kept from drifting
Sting and Peter Gabriel:Tolling for the searching ones, on their speechless seeking trail
For the lonesome-hearted lovers with too personal a tale
For each unharmful gentle soul misplaced inside a jail
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Bruce Springsteen:Starry-eyed and laughing, I recall as we were caught
Trapped by no track of hours for they hanged suspended
As we listened one last time and we watched with one last look
Spellbound and swallowed as the tolling ended
Everybody:Tolling for the aching ones whose wounds cannot be nursed
For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones and worse
And for every hung-up person in the whole wide universe
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Everybody:Whoa whoa whoa
Whoa whoa whoa whoa
Whoa whoa whoa
Whoa whoa whoa whoaaa

Info

The above lyrics are for the live 15 Oct 1988 performance of CHIMES OF FREEDOM at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour. Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Youssou N'dour all joined Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band onthis song.

Ticket stub for the 15 Oct 1988 show at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ticket stub for the 15 Oct 1988 show at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The 15 Oct 1988 Show

The Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour was a worldwide series of twenty benefit concerts on behalf of Amnesty International that took place over six weeks in September and October 1988. The concerts were held not to raise funds but to increase awareness of Amnesty International and to publicize the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights (UDHR). They were billed as "A Concert For Human Rights Now!" and featured Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Youssou N'dour.

Promotional poster for the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour
Promotional poster for the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour

The 15 Oct 1988 show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was the last date of the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour. It took place at River Plate Stadium and was broadcast worldwide live on the radio. Video segments were broadcast as part of "The Human Right Now Tour" documentary which debuted on 10 Dec 1988 on HBO in the United States, WDR in West Germany, and other TV channels around the world.

Promotional poster for the 10 Dec 1988 HBO broadcast of
Promotional poster for the 10 Dec 1988 HBO broadcast of "The Human Right Now Tour" documentary

  1. GET UP STAND UP (with Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour, León Gieco, and Charly García)
  2. EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE (with Sting)
  3. BORN IN THE U.S.A.
  4. THE PROMISED LAND
  5. COVER ME
  6. I'M ON FIRE
  7. THE RIVER (with Sting and L. Shankar)
  8. CADILLAC RANCH (with David Sancious)
  9. WAR
  10. MY HOMETOWN
  11. DANCING IN THE DARK
  12. GLORY DAYS (with David Sancious)
  13. RAISE YOUR HAND (with Branford Marsalis and David Sancious)
  14. TWIST AND SHOUT (with Branford Marsalis, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour, David Sancious, León Gieco, Charly García, Jack Healey, and all)
  15. CHIMES OF FREEDOM (with Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Youssou N'Dour)
  16. GET UP STAND UP (with Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour, León Gieco, and Charly García)

The 15 Oct 1988 broadcast from Buenos Aires (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's set) was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly 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 Europe.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Human Rights Broadcast
Bruce Springsteen -- The Human Rights Broadcast

CD - Sonic Boom (SON0323) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 15 Oct 1988 broadcast of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's set from Buenos Aires.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Estadio River Plate, Buenos Aires, Argentina Oct 15, 1988
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Estadio River Plate, Buenos Aires, Argentina Oct 15, 1988

Digital album - BKC (no catalog number) - UK, 2015

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 15 Oct 1988 broadcast of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's set from Buenos Aires.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Human Rights Broadcast
Bruce Springsteen -- The Human Rights Broadcast

2xLP - Parachute (PARA014LP) - UK, 2016

This release contains the 15 Oct 1988 broadcast of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's set from Buenos Aires.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Human Rights Now! Tour - Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10/15/88
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Human Rights Now! Tour - Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10/15/88

Digital album - Lilith Records (no catalog number) - UK, 2016

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 15 Oct 1988 broadcast of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's set from Buenos Aires.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At Estadio River Plate 1988
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live At Estadio River Plate 1988

LP - Payless (KXLP 16) - Australia, 2017

This release contains part of the 15 Oct 1988 broadcast of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's set from Buenos Aires.

Official Releases

The 15 Oct 1988 show was partially released in 2013 on various CD and DVD releases benefiting Amnesty International. The released songs on which Bruce Springsteen appears are his performance of EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE with Sting during Sting's set, his performances of BORN IN THE U.S.A., I'M ON FIRE, THE RIVER, and RAISE YOUR HAND with the E Street Band, plus the joint renditions of TWIST AND SHOUT, CHIMES OF FREEDOM, and GET UP STAND UP.

Various artists -- ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1988
Various artists -- ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1988

2xCD - Shout! Factory (826663-13568) - USA, 2013

Includes the live 15 Oct 1988 versions of EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, BORN IN THE U.S.A., and CHIMES OF FREEDOM and the live 10 Dec 1998 versions of NO SURRENDER and GET UP STAND UP.
Various artists -- Get Up! Stand Up! Highlights From The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998
Various artists -- Get Up! Stand Up! Highlights From The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998

2xCD - Eagle Records (EDGCD505) - Europe (made in Germany), 2013
3xCD - Eagle Records / Ward Records (VQCD-10336/8) - Japan, 2013

Includes the live 15 Oct 1988 versions of BORN IN THE U.S.A. and I'M ON FIRE and the live 10 Dec 1998 versions of NO SURRENDER and GET UP STAND UP. The Japanese edition includes four bonus songs not available on the European edition, but none of these feature Bruce Springsteen.
Various artists -- ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1988: Human Rights Now!
Various artists -- ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1988: Human Rights Now!

2xCD - Eagle Records (EDGCD518) - Europe (made in Germany), 2013
2xCD - Eagle Records / Ward Records (VQCD-10356/7) - Japan, 2013

Includes the live 15 Oct 1988 versions of EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, BORN IN THE U.S.A., I'M ON FIRE, THE RIVER, RAISE YOUR HAND, TWIST AND SHOUT, CHIMES OF FREEDOM, and GET UP STAND UP.
Various artists -- ¡Released! Highlights Of The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1988
Various artists -- ¡Released! Highlights Of The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1988

DVD - Shout! Factory ‎(826663-14648) - USA, 2013

Includes the live 15 Oct 1988 versions of EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, BORN IN THE U.S.A., and CHIMES OF FREEDOM, and the live 10 Dec 1998 versions of NO SURRENDER and GET UP STAND UP.
Various artists -- ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1988
Various artists -- ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1988

6xDVD - Shout! Factory ‎(826663-13562) - USA, 2013
6xDVD - Eagle Vision ‎(EREDV929) - Europe (made in Germany), 2013
6xDVD - Eagle Vision / Ward Records ‎(VQBD-10163/8) - Japan, 2013

Includes the live 15 Oct 1988 versions of EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, BORN IN THE U.S.A., I'M ON FIRE, THE RIVER, RAISE YOUR HAND, TWIST AND SHOUT, CHIMES OF FREEDOM, and GET UP STAND UP and the live 10 Dec 1998 versions of GET UP STAND UP, NO SURRENDER, BORN IN THE U.S.A., and WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY. Also includes interviews with Bruce Springsteen. The US and European editions have identical content. The Japanese edition includes four bonus songs not available on the US and European editions, but none of these feature Bruce Springsteen.
Various artists -- Get Up! Stand Up! Highlights From The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998
Various artists -- Get Up! Stand Up! Highlights From The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998

DVD - Eagle Vision ‎(EREDV981) - Europe (made in Germany), 2013
2xDVD - Eagle Vision / Ward Records (VQBD-10137/8) - Japan, 2013
2xDVD + 3xCD - Eagle Vision / Ward Records (VQBD-10135/6) - Japan, 2013

Includes the live 15 Oct 1988 versions of BORN IN THE U.S.A. and I'M ON FIRE and the live 10 Dec 1998 versions of NO SURRENDER and GET UP STAND UP. The Japanese edition includes four bonus songs not available on the European edition, but none of these feature Bruce Springsteen. The 2-DVD/3-CD issue of the Japanese edition includes the same tracks on both the DVDs and the CDs.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of CHIMES OF FREEDOM on this website:

CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 01 Sep 1978 version]
CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 19 Jul 1988 version]
CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 15 Oct 1988 version]
CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Original Bob Dylan version]

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