DOWN THE ROAD APIECE

Live Feb 1972 version


Well if you wanna hear some boogie like I'm gonna play
Just will you take me out and I'll knock out play
The drummer is a cat they call Charlie McCoy
You all see that rubber-legged boy
C'mon everybody won't you lose your lease
Down the road, down the road, down the road apiece

Well there's a place where you can get your kicks
It's open every night about twelve to six
If wanna hear some boogie you can get your fill
And shoot that thing through you like an old steam drill
Mama cookin' chicken fried in bacon grease
Down the road, down the road, down the road apiece

Well there's a place that you can get your kicks
Open every night about twelve to six
If you wanna hear some boogie you can get your fill
Shoot that thing through you like an old steam drill
Mama cookin' chicken fried in bacon grease
Down the road, down the road, down the road apiece


Intro

DOWN THE ROAD APIECE is a 1940 song by Will Bradley Trio. See the Original Will Bradley Trio version for more details.

Live Feb 1972 version

The above lyrics are for a live performance of DOWN THE ROAD APIECE at The Back Door in Richmond, VA, with The Bruce Springsteen Band. The exact date is unknown, but it's from the February 1972 residency at The Back Door (see section below).

1972 Residency at The Back Door

The Bruce Springsteen Band played nine shows at The Back Door in Richmond, VA, during three of the four weekends of February 1972 (04, 05, 06, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 Feb 1972). They played one show each night and they were the sole act on the bill. Soundboard and audience recordings from these shows circulate among collectors.

Soundboard recordings for 8 tracks, taken directly from Tinker West's original reel tapes, are in circulation. The exact dates for the 8 tracks are not known but it is more likely that all of them come from the same show, probably from the final weekend of the residency. Audience recordings for 13 more tracks are also in circulation. The exact dates are not know but it is more likely that most of them come from the final weekend's performances. A soundboard recording consisting of 14 more tracks is currently in very limited circulation. The recording comes from the 25 Feb 1972 show and is likely the complete show. An audience recording consisting of 5 more tracks is also in circulation and, according to Brucebase, can be identified with some confidence to date from the 26 Feb 1972 show.

  1. DOWN THE ROAD APIECE
  2. MAKE UP YOUR MIND
  3. LIKE A STRANGER
  4. I REMEMBER
  5. I'M INTO SOMETHING GOOD
  6. TAKE OUT SOME INSURANCE
  7. DOWN TO MEXICO
  8. WHEN YOU DANCE
  1. MAGIC KIND OF LOVIN'
  2. LOVE IS A CRAZY THING
  3. THE BAND'S JUST BOPPING THE BLUES
  4. I JUST CAN'T CHANGE
  5. ALL I WANNA DO IS DANCE
  6. DOWN TO MEXICO
  7. BLESS MY SOUL
  8. DOWN TO MEXICO
  9. DARKNESS, DARKNESS
  10. SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD
  11. BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY
  12. IT'S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE
  13. COWBOYS OF THE SEA
  1. BLESS MY SOUL
  2. SOMETHING YOU GOT
  3. COWBOYS OF THE SEA
  4. MAGIC KIND OF LOVIN'
  5. WALKING THE DOG
  6. DOWN TO THE RIVERSIDE
  7. ALL I WANT TO DO IS DANCE
  8. LIKE A STRANGER
  9. ROUTE 66
  10. IT'S ALL OVER NOW BABY BLUE
  11. MAKE UP YOUR MIND
  12. COMING HOME
  13. COWBOYS OF THE SEA
  14. WHEN YOU DANCE

A reel-to-reel tape containing the soundboard recording of the 25 Feb 1972 show was auctioned in June 2014 on Sotheby's (see photo below). According to the auction house, the tape comes directly from the collection of John Hammond, "perhaps requested in an attempt to ascertain if the performer that he was so taken by as a solo acoustic act could similarly engage a live audience fronting an electric band." The tape features a printed label with hand-written setlist, but some of the songs are misidentified.

Reel-to-reel tape containing the soundboard recording of the 25 Feb 1972 show in Richmond, VA
Reel-to-reel tape containing the soundboard recording of the 25 Feb 1972 show in Richmond, VA

Official Releases

Other versions of DOWN THE ROAD APIECE were also officially released.

Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers -- Down the Road Apiece - Live (album cover art)
The live 20 Oct 1995 version of DOWN THE ROAD APIECE was first released on the Down the Road Apiece - Live album in 1999.

Live History

DOWN THE ROAD APIECE is known to have been performed at least 4 times in Bruce Springsteen's early years (pre-October 1972). Very little is known about shows from this early period, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates.

  1. 10 Jul 1971 at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ (with The Bruce Springsteen Band)
  2. 23 Jul 1971 at Lincoln Center, New York City, NY (with The Bruce Springsteen Band)
  3. Feb 1972 at The Back Door, Richmond, VA (with The Bruce Springsteen Band)
  4. 02 Sep 1972 at Huddy Park, Highlands, NJ (with Odin)

DOWN THE ROAD APIECE was performed 6 times during the 6-date-long October Assault Tour with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers. The live 20 Oct 1995 version was first officially released in 1999.

  1. 17 Oct 1995 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  2. 18 Oct 1995 at Tramps, New York City, NY
  3. 19 Oct 1995 at Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
  4. 20 Oct 1995 at Nick's Fat City, Pittsburgh, PA
  5. 21 Oct 1995 at Nick's Fat City, Pittsburgh, PA
  6. 24 Oct 1995 at Park West, Chicago, IL

DOWN THE ROAD APIECE was performed during the first (2000) annual Light Of Day benefit. The song was played with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers.

  1. 03 Nov 2000 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (during the first annual Light Of Day benefit)

Springsteen also performed DOWN THE ROAD APIECE on several other occasions from 1995 onward, mostly with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers.

  1. 09 Jul 1995 at Cafe Eckstein, Berlin, Germany (with Wolfgang Niedecken and Leopardefellband)
  2. 02 Mar 1998 at Nick's Fat City, Pittsburgh, PA (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  3. 06 Nov 1998 at Club 251, West Palm Beach, FL (with Clarence Clemons)
  4. 17 Jul 2004 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  5. 04 Nov 2010 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  6. 03 Nov 2011 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  7. 04 Nov 2011 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  8. 23 Nov 2014 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Much of the above information about the 1972 residency at The Back Door is taken from Brucebase.

Available Versions

List of available versions of DOWN THE ROAD APIECE on this website:

DOWN THE ROAD APIECE [Live Feb 1972 version]
DOWN THE ROAD APIECE [Live 20 Oct 1995 version]
DOWN THE ROAD APIECE [Original Will Bradley Trio version]

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