GOIN' BACK

Live 17 Oct 1975 (early show) version


[Spoken intro:] Alright. Here's a song... I first heard this band – this is the first one, the first L.A. bands I ever heard, heard it when I was about 15 and I fell in love with 'em and I been in love with 'em ever since. So I wanna dedicate this to, uh, Roger McGuinn, wherever he is. 'Cause this is his instrument.

Well I think I'm goin' back to the things I learned so well in my youth
I think I'm returning to the days when I was young enough to know the truth
Now there are no games to only pass the time
No more electric trains, no more trees to climb
But thinking young and growing older is no sin
So catch me if you can, I'm goin' back again

I can recall the time when I wasn't afraid to reach out to a friend
Well now I think I've got a lot more than all my toys to lend
Well now there's more to do than watch my sailboat glide
But every day can be a magic carpet ride
A little bit of courage is all we lack
So catch me if you can, 'cause I'm goin' back, whoa!

La la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la
Now there's more to do than watch my sailboat glide
'Cause every day can be a magic carpet ride
A little bit of courage is all we lack
So catch me if you can, I'm goin' back

La la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la


Intro

GOIN' BACK is a song originally released by Dusty Springfield in 1966. See the original Dusty Springfield version for more details.

Not to be confused with Bruce Springsteen's 1977 studio outtake I'M GOIN' BACK.

Live 17 Oct 1975 (early show) version

The above lyrics are for the live 17 Oct 1975 (early show) performance of GOIN' BACK at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA, during the Born To Run Tour. Springsteen dedicated the song to Roger McGuinn of The Byrds who covered and released GOIN' BACK in 1967.

The 17 Oct 1975 Early Show

During the Born To Run Tour, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed a series of six shows over the period of four days at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA: one show on 16 Oct 1975, two shows on 17 Oct 1975, two shows on 18 Oct 1975, and one show on 19 Oct 1975. The early 17 Oct 1975 show was broadcast live on Los Angeles' KWST-FM.

Promotional poster for the October 1975 four-night residency at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
Promotional poster for the October 1975 four-night residency at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA

  1. THUNDER ROAD
  2. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  3. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  4. PRETTY FLAMINGO
  5. SHE'S THE ONE
  6. BORN TO RUN
  7. 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
  8. BACKSTREETS
  9. KITTY'S BACK
  10. JUNGLELAND
  11. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  12. GOIN' BACK
  13. DETROIT MEDLEY

The 17 Oct 1975 early show at The Roxy Theatre was commercially released in the UK. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels 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 the UK.

Bruce Springsteen -- Live At The Roxy
Bruce Springsteen -- Live At The Roxy

2xCD - FM In Concert (FMIC015) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 17 Oct 1975 early show broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete Bottom Line And Roxy Theater Broadcasts 1975
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete Bottom Line And Roxy Theater Broadcasts 1975

4xCD - Air Cuts (AC4CD7010) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 15 Aug 1975 early show broadcast from Bottom Line and the 17 Oct 1975 early show broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete Roxy Theater Broadcast 1975
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete Roxy Theater Broadcast 1975

3xLP - Air Cuts (AC3LP7010B) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 17 Oct 1975 early show broadcast from Bottom Line.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Freeze Out
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Freeze Out

LP - Bad Joker (BOSS 5-2009) - EU, 2016

This release contains part of the 17 Oct 1975 early show broadcast from Bottom Line.

Live History

GOIN' BACK is known to have been performed at least 6 times during the Born To Run Tour: 6 times during the 1st leg (73 know dates / 81 known shows, between July and December 1975) and zero times during the 2nd leg (35 know dates, between March and May 1976). Some of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during the 1st leg of the Born To Run Tour.

  1. 16 Oct 1975 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  2. 17 Oct 1975 (early show) at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  3. 17 Oct 1975 (late show) at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  4. 18 Oct 1975 (early show) at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  5. 18 Oct 1975 (late show) at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  6. 19 Oct 1975 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA

GOIN' BACK was sound-checked prior to the 04 Mar 1988 show in Chapel Hill, NC, (as far as it's known) but it was not performed on any of the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour's regular shows.

Available Versions

List of available versions of GOIN' BACK on this website:

GOIN' BACK [Live 17 Oct 1975 (early show) version]
GOIN' BACK [Original Dusty Springfield version]

Page last updated: 04 Sep 2015