Live 02 Mar 1973 version
[Spoken intro:] This is a song about New York City... 82nd Street bus. Come on!
Well, hey bus driver, keep the change, bless your children, give them names
Don't trust men who walk with canes
Drink this and you'll grow wings on your feet
Well, advertiser on a downtown train
Christmas crier busting cane, she's in love again
Where dock worker's dreams mix with panther's schemes to someday own the rodeo
Tainted women in VistaVision perform for out-of-state kids at the late show
Hey, wizard imps and sweat sock pimps, interstellar mongrel nymphs
Rex said that lady left him limp
Oh, love's like that
Sure it is
And Queen of Diamonds, Ace of Spades, newly discovered lovers of the Everglades
Take out a full page ad in the trades to announce their arrival
[Hammond organ break]
And Mary Lou, she found out how to cope, she rides to heaven on a gyroscope
The Daily News asked her for the dope
She say, "Man, the dope's that there's still hope"
Senorita, Spanish rose, wipes her eyes and blows her nose
Uptown in Harlem she throws a rose to some lucky young matador
Oh la la la, oh la la, oh la
(Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, ohhh)
[Spoken outro:] Thank you.
The above lyrics are for the live 02 Mar 1973 performance of DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? at Berkeley Community Theatre in Berkeley, CA, during what is considered the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour. Springsteen performed the song in a full-band arrangement with a guitar-and-saxophone-led introduction
This was a double-bill show, with Bruce Springsteen opening for headliners Blood, Sweat & Tears. A 7-song soundboard recording in circulation among collectors is believed to be the complete 02 Mar 1973 performance.
The 02 Mar 1973 show at Berkeley Community Theatre 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.
Some of the above information is taken from Brucebase.
List of available versions of DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? on this website:DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET? [Album version]