HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES

Live 03 Sep 1978 version


[Spoken intro:] (tuning his guitar) Well my guitar is all out of tune now (chuckles). I can't, I can never do this under the, under the pressure of performance, you know. Doing the best I can, right (chuckles). How about shouting like, "Let the roadie do it." Let's try... (chuckles) Let's try that. The band is shouting that (chuckles). I have to take a little walk into the back of the stage for a few minutes. Uh, I'll be right back, don't worry. Oh, nice out tonight, yeah. Oh, Detroit, Detroit was good, Detroit was great, we had a great time there (cheers). Yeah, yeah. (chuckles) I got one, oh I got one, we'll do uh, while... while my guitar is resting, alright? The guitar has to rest every few songs. It's... (chuckles) Great, great. Yeah I saw Bob last night, Bob Seger, he was terrific. Oh, let's do uh, let's do the one we practised this afternoon. "Ba ba ba, momma told me, ba ba ba ba." Alright? Alright here we go, we got a special surprise for you. ???, it's the biggest surprise if we can play it to the end, alright? (chuckles) I have to start. Alright, alright. A little echo, echo (chuckles). Here we go.

A one, two, three, four!

My momma told me she don't like that rock and roll
I said please momma, please, momma you don't know
I don't wanna hang up my rock and roll shoes
When that beat starts to move me, well I shake these blues

The kids they're all dancing from eight to eighty-five
??? a beat that keeps a man alive
I don't wanna hang up my rock and roll shoes
When that beat gets to me, momma I shake them blues

Alright, bring it

Well momma I'll do my homework, I swear I'll clean the yard
I'll shine up daddy's machine, well I'll do any little thing you want

Well some people say that rock and roll will fade away
I don't care what they say, rock and roll is here to stay
I don't wanna hang up my rock and roll shoes
When that beat starts to move me, I can shake them blues

Take the solo, Steve!

???

Well momma I'll do my homework and I swear I'll clean the yard
I'll shine daddy's Cadillac, well I'll do any little thing you want

Now, some people say rock and roll will fade away
But I don't give a damn, rock and roll is here to stay
I don't wanna hang up my rock and roll shoes
When that beat starts to move me, I get rid of these blues

Whoa!
Well I don't wanna hang up my rock and roll shoes
To the A!
No I don't wanna hang up my rock and roll shoes
Once more, to the A!
Well I don't wanna hang up my rock and roll shoes
Once more, to the A!
No I don't wanna hang up my rock and roll shoes
B!
When that beat starts to move me, I get rid of these blues


Info

HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES is a song originally released by Wilson Pickett in 1966. See the original Chuck Willis version for more details.

Live 03 Sep 1978 version

The above lyrics are for the live 03 Sep 1978 performance of HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES at 03 Sep 1978 show at Saginaw Civic Center in Saginaw, MI, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour.

Ticket stub for the 03 Sep 1978 show at Saginaw Civic Center, Saginaw, MI
Ticket stub for the 03 Sep 1978 show at Saginaw Civic Center, Saginaw, MI
(Taken from Brucebase)

Official Releases

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009
The live 22 Nov 2009 version of HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES was released on the HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009 official live download in 2016.

Live History: on-tour

HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES is known to have been performed at least once during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour (111 dates, May 1978 to January 1979), on 03 Sep 1978 in Saginaw, MI. A few of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, but that's very unlikely.

  1. 03 Sep 1978 at Saginaw Civic Center, Saginaw, MI

HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES was performed once during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009), on 22 Nov 2009 in Buffalo, NY. The live 22 Nov 2009 version of HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES was released on the HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009 official live download in 2016.

Live History: off-tour

HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES was performed off-tour on 09 Aug 1987 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, with the E Street Band.

  1. 09 Aug 1987 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

Available Versions

List of available versions of HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES on this website:

HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES [Live 03 Sep 1978 version]
HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES [Live 22 Nov 2009 version]
HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES [Original Chuck Willis version]

Page last updated: 10 Feb 2016