DANCING IN THE DARK

Live 16 Oct 2002 version


[Spoken intro:] Keep those cameras rolling, one more for the folks out in TV-land.

One, two, one two three four

I get up in the evening and I ain't got nothing to say
Come home in the morning, go to bed feelin' the same way
I ain't nothing but tired, 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

Message just keep getting clearer, radio's on and I'm moving 'round the place
Check my look in the mirror, 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, I just know that there is

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

You sit around getting older, there's a joke here somewhere, it's on me
Shake the world off my shoulders, come on baby (come one baby)
Come on baby (come one baby), come on baby (come one baby), have a laugh on me

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

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
Can't start a fire worryin' about your little world fallin' apart
This gun's for hire (this gun's for hire), this gun's for hire (this gun's for hire)
This gun's for hire (this gun's for hire) even if we're just dancing in the dark

Hey baby! (Hey baby)
Hey baby! (Hey baby)
Hey baby! (Hey baby)
Heyyyyy!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 16 Oct 2002 performance of DANCING IN THE DARK at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, during The Rising Tour. The song was the last on the TV broadcast (see the below section).

Bruce Springsteen performing DANCING IN THE DARK on 16 Oct 2002 at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain (from the "Live In Barcelona" DVD)
Bruce Springsteen performing DANCING IN THE DARK on 16 Oct 2002 at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain (from the "Live In Barcelona" DVD)

Video for the complete 16 Oct 2002 concert was released in 2003 on the Live In Barcelona DVD (see the below section).

Live In Barcelona

Two month into The Rising Tour, the first half of the 16 Oct 2002 concert at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, was broadcast live at the time across Europe on MTV Europe and VH1 UK. A tape of the broadcast was later aired by CBS in the United States on 28 Feb 2003. The entire concert was released on 18 Nov 2003 on the Live In Barcelona DVD. This was the first time that an entire Springsteen concert was documented with an official release in either audio or video. The video is directed by Chris Hilson and produced by Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, and George Travis. Audio is recorded and mixed by Brendan O'Brien and the video is edited by Thom Zimny.

Promotional poster for the 16 Oct 2002 show at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
Promotional poster for the 16 Oct 2002 show at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
(Taken from Brucebase)
Ticket stub for the 16 Oct 2002 show at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
Ticket stub for the 16 Oct 2002 show at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
(Taken from Brucebase)
Handwritten setlist for the 16 Oct 2002 show at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
Handwritten setlist for the 16 Oct 2002 show at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain

No equivalent audio-only album release was made, but SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT from this show was officially released as a bonus track on the Lonesome Day European maxi single in 2002, and SHE'S THE ONE and BORN TO RUN were officially released on the US-only promotional CD sampler Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band PBS Exclusive in late 2005. Videos of WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY, MARY'S PLACE, and DANCING IN THE DARK were also included on the "Tour Edition" of The Rising album in 2003.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live In Barcelona
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live In Barcelona

Disc 1:

  1. Program Start
  2. THE RISING
  3. LONESOME DAY
  4. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  5. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  6. EMPTY SKY
  7. YOU'RE MISSING
  8. WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY
  9. THE PROMISED LAND
  10. WORLDS APART
  11. BADLANDS
  12. SHE'S THE ONE
  13. MARY'S PLACE
  14. DANCING IN THE DARK
  15. COUNTIN' ON A MIRACLE
  16. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  17. INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET
  18. INTO THE FIRE

Disc 2:

  1. NIGHT
  2. RAMROD
  3. BORN TO RUN
  4. MY CITY OF RUINS
  5. BORN IN THE U.S.A.
  6. LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS
  7. THUNDER ROAD
  8. Credits
  9. "Drop The Needle And Pray: The Rising On Tour"

Notes:

  • The TV broadcast concluded with DANCING IN THE DARK
  • "Drop The Needle And Pray: The Rising On Tour" is a documentary featuring footage from shows on the Summer 2003 leg of The Rising Tour at Fenway Park and Giants Stadium, interviews with Springsteen and band members, and unpublished photographs.

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on the Live In Barcelona DVD, video for the live 16 Oct 2002 performance of DANCING IN THE DARK was also included on a bonus 5-track DVD that came with The Rising album "Tour Edition", which was issued in Europe and Australia. The 5-track DVD was also issued separately in Europe for promotional use only.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Rising (European Tour Edition)
Bruce Springsteen – The Rising

CD+DVD - Columbia (508000 3) - Austria, 2003

European tour edition.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Rising (Australian Tour Edition)
Bruce Springsteen – The Rising

CD+DVD - Columbia (5080003000) - Australia, 2003

Australian tour edition.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Rising (European promo DVD)
Bruce Springsteen – The Rising

DVD - Columbia (SMPDVD 12840 9) - Austria, 2003

European 5-track promo DVD.

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]

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