DANCING IN THE DARK

Live 15 Oct 1988 version


Come on Nils!
Hey man!
One, two, three, four, come on Roy!
Hey!
Hey!

I get up in the evening and I ain't got nothing to say
I come home in the morning, I go to bed feelin' the same way
I ain't nothing but tired, man I'm just tired and bored with myself
Hey there baby, I could use just a little help

You can't start a fire, you can't start a fire without a spark
This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark

Come on now yeah

Message just keep getting clearer, radio's on and I'm moving 'round the place
I check my look in the mirror, I wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face
Man, I ain't getting nowhere, just living in a dump like this
There's something happening somewhere, baby, sugar I just know that there is

You can't start a fire, you can't start a fire without a spark
This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark
Come on!

Come on now yeah
Yeah!

You sit around getting older, there's a joke here somewhere and it's on me
I'll shake the world off my shoulders, come on baby have a laugh on me

Stay on the streets of this town and they'll be carving you up alright
You say you gotta stay hungry, baby, man I'm just about starving tonight
I'm dying for some action, I'm sick of sitting 'round here tryin' to write this book
I need a love reaction, come on now baby gimme just one look

You can't start a fire sitting 'round cryin' over a broken heart
This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark
You can't start a fire worryin' about your little world fallin' apart
This gun's for hire even if we're just dancing in the dark
(Even if we're just dancing) even if we're just dancing in the dark
(Even if we're just dancing) even if we're just dancing in the dark
(Even if we're just dancing) even if we're just dancing in the dark
(Even if we're just dancing now) alright

Hey well sometimes I feel, I get feeling so lonely
That's when I wanna reach out for a little help from somebody
I'm searching, I'm searching, I'm searching for my baby
Yeah I'm looking, I'm looking, I'm looking for my baby
I said I'm searching, I'm searching, I'm searching for my baby
Well I'm looking, I'm looking, I'm looking for my baby
I said I'm searching, I'm searching, I'm searching for my baby
I'm looking, I'm looking, I'm looking for my baby
Come on girl
Well I'm searching, I'm searching, I'm searching for my baby


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 15 Oct 1988 performance of DANCING IN THE DARK at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour.

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.

Available Versions

List of available versions of DANCING IN THE DARK on this website:

DANCING IN THE DARK [Album version]
DANCING IN THE DARK [Live 26 Jul 1984 version]
DANCING IN THE DARK [Live 21 Jun 1985 version]
DANCING IN THE DARK [Live 10 May 1988 version]
DANCING IN THE DARK [Live 15 Oct 1988 version]
DANCING IN THE DARK [Live 10 Jul 1992 version]
DANCING IN THE DARK [Live 23 Jul 1992 version]
DANCING IN THE DARK [Live 29 Aug 2002 version]
DANCING IN THE DARK [Live 16 Oct 2002 version]
DANCING IN THE DARK [Live 14 Jun 2003 version]
DANCING IN THE DARK [Live 04 Oct 2003 version]
DANCING IN THE DARK [Live 01 Nov 2016 version]
DANCING IN THE DARK [Live 07 Nov 2016 version]

Page last updated: 05 Aug 2015