INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET

Live 20 Sep 1978 version


[Spoken intro:] This is for all the folks that have been, uh, throwin' stuff at me, and uh... (chuckles) And sending this stuff up here. All right, something from The Wild & The Innocent. Incident On 57th Street.

Spanish Johnny drove in from the underworld last night
With bruised arms and broken rhythm in a beat-up old Buick but dressed just like dynamite
He tried sellin' his heart to the hard girls over on Easy Street
But they sighed, "Johnny, it falls apart so easy and you know hearts these days are cheap"
And the pimps swung their axes, said, "Johnny, you're a cheater"
And the pimps swung their axes and said, "Johnny, you're a liar"
From out of the shadows came a young girl's voice -- "Johnny!"
Said, "Johnny, don't cry"
Then Johnny sighed, "Puerto Rican Jane, oh, won't you tell me what's your name
I want to ride you down to the other side of town
Where paradise ain't so crowded, there'll be action goin' down on Shanty Lane tonight
All them golden-heeled fairies in a real bitch fight, pull thirty-eights and kiss the girls goodnight"

And Johnny sighed, "Goodnight, it's all right, Jane
Ah, let the black boys in to light the soul flame
We may find it out on the street tonight, baby
Or we may walk 'til the morning light, maybe"

Well, like a cool Romeo he made his move, yeah, she looked so fine
And like a late Juliet she knew he'd never be true, she did not really mind
Upstairs the band was playin', the singer was singin' something about going home
She whispered, "Spanish Johnny, you can leave me tonight, but just don't leave me alone"
And Johnny sighed, "Puerto Rican Jane, word is down the cops have found the vein"
Them little barefoot boys left their homes for the woods
Them barefoot street boys, they say homes ain't no good
They left the corners and they threw away all of their switchblade knives
And kissed each other bye-bye

Well, Johnny sat on the fire escape watchin' the kids playin' down in the street
And he called down, "Hey, little heroes, summer's long, but I guess it ain't so sweet around here no more"
Janey sleeps in sheets damp with sweat; Johnny sits up all night and watches her dreamin' on
And her sister breaks down in the chapel late at night after everybody's gone
Janey wakes up, moves over to share her pillow, sees Johnny up and out of bed, putting his clothes on
And she sighs, "Them romantic young boys (them romantic young boys), all they ever want to do is fight"
Them romantic young boys (them romantic young boys), they call in the window:
"Hey, Johnny, why don't you come on out and make a little easy money tonight?"
And Johnny sighed, "Goodnight, it's all right, Jane
I swear I'll meet you tomorrow night on Lover's Lane
We may find it out on the street tonight, baby
Or we may walk 'til the morning light, maybe"
Well, goodnight, it's all right, Jane
I swear I'll meet you tomorrow night on Lover's Lane
We may find it out on the street tonight, baby
Or we may walk 'til the morning light, maybe
Well, goodnight, it's all right, Jane
I swear I'll meet you tomorrow night on Lover's Lane
We may find it out on the street tonight, baby
Or we may walk 'til the morning light, maybe
Say it!
Goodnight, it's all right, Jane
Well, goodnight, it's all right, Jane
Goodnight, it's all right, Jane
Goodnight, it's all right, Jane


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 20 Sep 1978 performance of INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. The song was played in a straight-forward full-band arrangement.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed a series of three concerts at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, on 19, 20, and 21 Sep 1978. The three shows were recorded live in the Record Plant Remote truck, both on multi-track and live-to-two track.

Promotional poster for the September 1978 three-night residency at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
Promotional poster for the September 1978 three-night residency at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
Ticket stub for the 20 Sep 1978 show at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
Ticket stub for the 20 Sep 1978 show at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
(Taken from Brucebase)

Credits

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

Available Versions

List of available versions of INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET on this website:

INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Album version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Early draft]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Jan 1974 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 05 Feb 1975 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 11 Oct 1975 (late show) version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 07 Apr 1976 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 25 Mar 1977 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 20 Sep 1978 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 23 Oct 1999 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 08 Dec 2001 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 16 Oct 2002 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 27 Oct 2002 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 11 Aug 2003 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 08 Nov 2005 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 06 Oct 2007 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 31 Jul 2008 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 07 Nov 2009 version]
INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 26 Feb 2014 version]

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