Take #2

[spoken:] One, Two, Three

I'm rumblin' outta town 'cross the West side tracks
Drivin' my pa's flat bed with a load of chickens in the back
I'm a little illegal but I ain't on fire
I got them hens tied down with rope and chicken wire
Up in the cab me and Wilson we gotta shout
Between the noise from the engine and them chickens squawking all about
There's a low bridge comin' up on 105
And if we don't make it man them feathers gonna fly, yeah

Now Wilson ain't bad lookin', 'cept he's kinda shy
And I got him a girl in rails tonight
Well she goes by the name of Beverly Jean
She got eyes like a jack rabbit starin' dead in your high beams
On her bureau the World Trade Centers glow
When she turns 'em upside down, well they're covered in snow
All Wilson says is, "I don't know, Wayne, I don't know"

I took a hard turn just South of the Kokomo, our rope
Gave out, my load shifted, we was all over the road
Pens bustin' on the blacktop, chickens scatterin' all about
Runnin' hellbent 'cross the highway, gettin' turned inside out
By the local commuters at sixty miles per hour
In five minutes it was all over, except for the flowers

Well that flatbed was sideways in a drainage ditch
There weren't no way she was movin' without a crane and a hitch
When the highway patrol came in and set up a block
We was chasin' some survivors 'cross the parkin' lot
Well I stood up and checked the situation at hand
Lord don't let me spend my life as a delivery man

This is a Born In The U.S.A. outtake of which two recordings are in circulation. The above lyrics are for Take #2, which has an additional verse ("Now Wilson ain't bad lookin'..."). Check out Take #1 for more info and details about the song.

Take #2 can be found on The Lost Masters Vol. 17 (Labour Of Love) bootleg.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Vol. 17 (Labour Of Love)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Vol. 17 (Labour Of Love)

Liner notes from The Lost Masters Vol. 17 bootleg:

Alternate acoustic take to above [take #1] with a different intro, some lyrics changes and a different, extended intro.

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