COMING HOME

Live 23 Oct 1971 version


Whoah, living ain't easy on this side of the highway
Tryin' to get a holdout line
The thing you want is to have your fun
First they show you the gun and then they show you the line
Ah, but things are gonna change
Things are changin' every day

I'm just a lone boy travelin'
A'travelin' on that road
I'm just a lone boy travelin' mama
I ain't got no damn place to go
Mama, I'm coming home

Well, I don't wanna go back to Kansas
I don't wanna go there no more
I don't think I could stand it
First they show you their guns and then they show you the door
But things are gonna change
Things are changin' every day

I'm just a lone boy travellin'
Travellin' on that road
I'm just a lone boy travellin'
Lord, I gotta carry such a heavy load
Mama, I'm coming home
Ah, can't ya hear your daddy knockin'

Yeah, living ain't easy on this side of the highway
Tryin' to get to her alright
The thing that you want is to have your fun
First they show you the gun and then they show you the line
Yeah, but things are gonna change
Oh, things are changin' every day

I don't wanna go back to Kansas
I don't wanna go there no more
I don't think I could stand it
It's a long time tryin' to find a home
Mama, I'm coming home

Yeah, papa's comin' home
Yeah, papa's comin' home to mama
Oh won't you get me home


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 23 Oct 1971 performance of COMING HOME at University Of Richmond in Richmond, VA, with The Bruce Springsteen Band.

The Bruce Springsteen Band played a triple-bill show 23 Oct 1971 at University Of Richmond in Richmond, VA. The show was held at the university's Keller Hall Gymnasium. The Bruce Springsteen Band was the headliner and Tumbleweed and Black Forrest Rhodes were the undercards. The Bruce Springsteen Band's trumpet player Harvey Cherlin and backup singers Barbara Dinkins and Delores Holmes were not present. The band comprised only of its five core members: Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Garry Tallent, David Sancious, and Vini Lopez.

Promotional poster for the 23 Oct 1971 show at University Of Richmond, Richmond, VA
Promotional poster for the 23 Oct 1971 show at University Of Richmond, Richmond, VA

An excellent quality soundboard recording of The Bruce Springsteen Band set from this show is in the possession of a private collector. It consists of 12 songs, clocks at about 127 minutes, and is certainly the complete set. Ten songs from the recording, including COMING HOME, have been circulating among collectors since the early eighties, but in inferior quality and incorrectly dated. The remaining two songs remain in the private collector's hands.

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) and Audio2575 (from Rare Springsteen) for the lyrics help.

Most of the above info about the 23 Oct 1971 show is taken from Brucebase.

Request

Some of the above lyrics might be guessed or not correct, and they are open for revisions and corrections. If you can assist, please contact me via the below form or by email: . You will be credited. Thanks in advance.

Available Versions

List of available versions of COMING HOME on this website:

COMING HOME [Studio rehearsal version]
COMING HOME [Live 23 Oct 1971 version]
COMING HOME [Live 11 Dec 1971 version]

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