DON'T LOOK BACK

Live 22 Mar 1977 version


One, two, three, four!

Cold rain running down the front of my shirt
I'm flat on my back, wheels in the dirt
Angel makes her face up down on Baker Street
Straddling the shifter in my front seat
There's nothing to lose, it's a setup, the deck is stacked
Put your foot to the floor and darling don't look back

Making night tracks through the blazing rain
Blowing pistons, working the fast lanes
White heat burning, pocket full of cash
Writes her name in lipstick on my dash
There's nothing to lose, it's a setup, the deck is stacked
Put your foot to the floor and darling don't look back

We held it in the lonely rain
Made it in the heart of the hurricane
Tore it apart and put it together again-hey-hey-hey

Far down in the valley to the river night
We wanna rock it, roll it, feel alright
Move with the city in the dark
You gotta walk it, talk it in your heart
There's nothing to lose, it's a setup, the deck is stacked
Put your foot to the floor and darling
Blow off the doors now darling
Put your foot to the floor and darling don't look

Don't look back
Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa
Don't look back
Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa
Don't look back
Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa
Don't look back
Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa
Don't look


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 22 Mar 1977 performance of DON'T LOOK BACK at Music Hall in Boston, MA, during what is known as The Lawsuit Tour. This was the first of four consecutive shows at the venue that concluded the tour. The lyrics for this version of DON'T LOOK BACK are becoming more and more similar to the studio versions.

Promotional ad for the March 1977 four-night at Music Hall, Boston, MA
Promotional ad for the March 1977 four-night at Music Hall, Boston, MA
(Taken from Brucebase)
Ticket stub for the 22 Mar 1977 show at Music Hall, Boston, MA
Ticket stub for the 22 Mar 1977 show at Music Hall, Boston, MA
(Thanks Steve Hopkins)

Despite the marvelous reception received by both Born To Run and the tour which followed, the relationship between Bruce Springsteen and his now former manager and producer Mike Appel was deteriorating. In July 1976 the storm broke; Mike Appel wrote to Springsteen saying that he would not allow Jon Landau (Springsteen's friend and co-producer of Born To Run) to produce the next album, citing a particular paragraph from their original agreement. Springsteen replied on 27 Jul 1976 by firing manager Mike Appel and suing him and his management company Laurel Canyon Ltd. in Federal Court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, breach of trust, and undue influence. Appel counter-sued on 29 Jul 1976 in New York State Supreme Court, asking the court to prohibit Springsteen and Jon Landau from working together in studio. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were slated to enter the studio that year for the recording of a new album, except that on 15 Sep 1976 the judge in the lawsuits case ruled that Springsteen was enjoined from any further recording with Columbia Records until Appel's suit was resolved. This would drag for about a year. Meanwhile, Springsteen continued gigging, and in the process broke his self-imposed rule of not playing the larger arenas. This was basically because he was not able to put a record out, and it was the only way his fans would be able to hear him at all. The tour became known as "The Lawsuit Tour" (62 know dates, August 1976 to March 1977).

Available Versions

List of available versions of DON'T LOOK BACK on this website:

DON'T LOOK BACK [Official studio version]
DON'T LOOK BACK [Instrumental take #1]
DON'T LOOK BACK [Instrumental take #2]
DON'T LOOK BACK [Outtake version]
DON'T LOOK BACK [Live 10 Mar 1977 version]
DON'T LOOK BACK [Live 11 Mar 1977 version]
DON'T LOOK BACK [Live 13 Mar 1977 version]
DON'T LOOK BACK [Live 14 Mar 1977 version]
DON'T LOOK BACK [Live 19 Mar 1977 version]
DON'T LOOK BACK [Live 22 Mar 1977 version]
DON'T LOOK BACK [Live 23 Mar 1977 version]
DON'T LOOK BACK [Live 24 Mar 1977 version]
DON'T LOOK BACK [Live 25 Mar 1977 version]
DON'T LOOK BACK [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
DON'T LOOK BACK [The Knack's Cover version]

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