I'M A ROCKER

Album version


I got a 007 watch and it's a one and only
It's got a I-Spy beeper that tells me when you're lonely
I got a Batmobile so I can reach you in a fast shake
When your world's in crisis of an impending heartbreak

Now don't you call James Bond or Secret Agent Man
'Cause they can't do it like I can
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) every day
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker)

If you're hanging from a cliff or you're tied to the tracks, girl
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker)
Columbo split and you can't find Kojak
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker)
And true love is broken and your tears are falling faster
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker)
You're suffering from a pain in your heart or some other natural disaster
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker)

Now I don't care what kind of shape you're in
If they put up a roadblock, I'll parachute in
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) I'm in love
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) every day
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) with you
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) yeahhh

Alright

Come on!
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So you fell for some jerk who was tall, dark and handsome
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker)
Then he kidnapped your heart and now he's holding it for ransom
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker)
Well like a mission impossible I'm gonna go and get it back
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker)
You know I would'a taken better care of it, baby, than that
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker)

Sometimes I get so hot girl, well, I can't talk
But when I'm with you I cool off
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) and I walk
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) and I talk
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) every day
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) every day
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) every day
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) yeah yeah every day
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) every day
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) yeah yeah every day
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) every day
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) every day
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) every day
(I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker) whoaaa


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Info

Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, I'M A ROCKER is the third track on side 3 of his 1980 double album The River. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's studio version of I'M A ROCKER as released in 1980.

Composition and Recording

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Circulating Takes

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The River

Bruce Springsteen wrapped up the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour on the first day of 1979. For the next few months, he altered between composing and practicing solo demos at his home in Holmdel, NJ (between January and June 1979), rehearsing with the band at his Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ (between March and May 1979), and recording in studio at The Power Station in New York City, NY (from March to late August 1979).

By the end of August, enough quality material had been recorded at The Power Station, and it was looking like an album might be released in Christmas 1979. A title, "The Ties That Bind", and tracks were selected and wheels put in motion to produce artwork for the cover. Around September, at least ten tracks were mixed to completion. On 04 Oct 1979, the ten selected tracks were dubbed to two half-track reel-to-reel tapes at The Power Station, and labeled "side one" and "side two". The producer was Jon Landau and the engineers were Neil Dorfsman and Bob Clearmountain. These selected tracks were as follows:


Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #1, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #1, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #2, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #2, front)

Mock covers with "The Ties That Bind" title were roughed out early in the planning. The cover shot was to be a picture of Bruce Springsteen in front of a barn, with the back cover being a shot of his face behind a screen door. In late September 1979, and for reasons never fully explained, The Ties That Bind album was scrapped as Springsteen's writing process continued.

A second phase of recording sessions was scheduled. Again, for the next few months, Springsteen altered between composing and practicing solo demos at his home in Holmdel, NJ (between September 1979 and February 1980), rehearsing with the band at his Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ (between September 1979 and February 1980), and recording in studio at The Power Station in New York City, NY (from October 1979 to June 1980).

The combined sessions from March 1979 to June 1980 produced the double album The River that was eventually released in October 1980. The studio sessions to some extent extended into August 1980 due to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's involvement in the recording of Gary U.S. Bonds' album Dedication, which was released April 1981).

Bruce Springsteen -- The River
Bruce Springsteen -- The River

The album features 20 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 83:47. It was produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, and Steven Van Zandt, engineered by Neil Dorfsman, and mixed by Bob Clearmountain, Chuck Plotkin, and Toby Scott. Track list:

According to recording engineer Neil Dorfsman, about 50 songs were recorded to a completed state during The River sessions. 20 were released on The River and 14 were released as B-sides and on official compilations. 14 songs are circulating via the unofficial route, but the majority of them are poor recordings of band rehearsals at the Telegraph Hill Road property, though it is likely that most of them exist as completed takes from The Power Station.

Other Official Releases

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Bruce Springsteen -- "The Ties That Bind / I'm A Rocker"
Bruce Springsteen -- "The Ties That Bind / I'm A Rocker"

7" single - CBS (SSC 5207) - South Africa, 1981

Comes in a die-cut CBS company sleeve.

A1- THE TIES THAT BIND
B1- I'M A ROCKER

Other versions of I'M A ROCKER were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
The live 05 Nov 1980 version of I'M A ROCKER was released on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015.

Live History

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Covers

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References

Some of the above info about the studio recording and the live performances is taken from Brucebase.

Available Versions

List of available versions of I'M A ROCKER on this website:

I'M A ROCKER [Album version]

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