Official studio version
I pick you up with flowers when you get off of work
It's like you don't even care, it's like I'm some kind of jerk
I take you out on a date and then you won't even kiss me
Boy, when I ain't around I'll bet you don't even miss me
I don't know why, I love you like I do
I try and try, you treat me like a fool
It makes me wanna cry, it makes me feel so blue
But I just do, baby, I just do
I call you up just to pass the time
Soon as you hear my voice you disconnect the line
And when I call you back your mother says you ain't home
Cindy I know that's you on the other end of this phone
Now in this world there ain't another like you
My little candy girl, so hard-hearted and cruel
I think that's what keeps me coming back
I'm a fool for you Cindy and I like it like that
I came to get you last night, Cindy, at quarter to six
Your daddy came to the door, he said Cindy got sick
She got sent home from work with a note from the nurse
And that my very own presence would make your condition worse
But it ain't your health, 'cause honey you sure look fine
Little girl it's something else that's on my mind
But whatever you've got, well you can give it to me
'Cause if it's good enough for you, it's good enough for me
I don't know why, I love you like I do
You make me cry and feel like such a fool
I guess I like it when you hurt me this way
You dish it out and I just put it away
CINDY is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015. The above lyrics are for the official studio version of CINDY as released in 2015.
CINDY was recorded during The River sessions and was planned for release on Springsteen's 1979 album had it seen the light. See "The Ties That Bind" section below for more details.
According to Sony's database of Springsteen recording sessions, CINDY was recorded on 16-17 Jul 1979 and 11-12 Apr 1980 at The Power Station in New York City, NY. Two studio takes of the song are in circulation, both from the 16-17 Jul 1979 sessions. The official studio version was released in 2015 and is the one that was planned for releases in 1979. The unofficial studio version is circulating on bootlegs in two different mixes. Both are finished takes, so the song was likely mixed or overdubbed (not recorded again) during the 16-17 Jul 1979 sessions.
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, 2 Blu-Ray discs or 3 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 official studio version of CINDY appeared on several bootlegs, including The Ties That Bind (unknown label) [track 02] and The Definitive River Outtakes Collection Volume 2 (E. St. Records) [disc 1, track 04].
As far as it's known, Bruce Springsteen has never performed CINDY live.
CINDY was reportedly sound-checked prior to the 18 Jan 1985 show in Greensboro, NC, (as far as it's known) but it was not performed on any of the Born In The U.S.A. Tour's regular shows.
As far as it's known, only two artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's CINDY:
Some of the above info about the studio recordings is taken from Brucebase.
List of available versions of CINDY on this website:CINDY [Official studio version]