INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET

Live 07 Nov 2009 version


[Spoken intro to The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle album performance:]

Thank you, everybody, thanks for being here tonight! We got the last eight shows of our, of our tour going now. We've been on the road for, uh, between these two records, for a couple of years, we appreciate everybody coming out and supporting us, and, uh, as we've gotten toward the close here we were trying to think what we could do that'd be a nice treat for the fans and fun for us. So we've been, uh, playing a variety of different records a night, we've played Born To Run, we've played Born In The U.S.A., Darkness On The Edge Of Town, but tonight, we're gonna do something that's never been done before! Never! Ever! I hope we can do it! (laughs) This was a record, this was the second record that I made, and, uh, it came out, it didn't do that well, um, but it was an interesting record, it was sort of, half of the songs are kind of about, are sort of set in New Jersey and around our little, our little street corner: uh, E Street Shuffle, Sandy, uh, Wild Billy's Circus Story, uh, Rosie, those are all our New Jersey songs. And the other half were sort of my romantic ideas and fantasies of New York City, of Kitty's Back, and New York City Serenade, and Incident. So, uh, here we go! This is, uh, this is The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle!

[Performs THE E STREET SHUFFLE]

[Performs 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)]

[Performs KITTY'S BACK]

[Performs WILD BILLY'S CIRCUS STORY]

[INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET:]

[P]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
They sighed, "Johnny, it falls apart so easy and you know that hearts these days are cheap"
And the pimps swung their axes, said, "Johnny, you're a cheater"
Yeah, the pimps swung their axes and said, "Johnny, you're a liar"
And from out of the shadows came a young girl's voice
Said, "Johnny, don't cry"
Johnny sighed, "Puerto Rican Jane, oh, won't you tell me what's your name
I want to drive 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, they pull thirty-eights and they kiss the girls goodnight"

Goodnight, it's all right, Jane
Now, let the black boys in to light the soul flame
We may find it out on the street tonight, baby
Yeah, or we may walk 'til the morning light, maybe

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

Now, Johnny was sitting 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 alone and watches her dream on, dreamin' on
And the sister prays for lost souls and breaks down in the chapel after everybody's gone
Janey moves over to share her pillow, but opens her eyes to see Johnny up and putting his clothes on
She sighs, "Those romantic young boys (those romantic young boys), all they ever want to do is fight"
Those romantic young boys (those romantic young boys), they call in through the window:
"Hey, Spanish Johnny, you wanna make a little easy money tonight?"
And Johnny sighed, "Goodnight, it's all right, Jane
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
Yeah, 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
Goodnight, it's all right, Jane
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 07 Nov 2009 performance of INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during the Working On A Dream Tour. The song was played in a full-band arrangement.

Ticket stub for the 07 Nov 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Ticket stub for the 07 Nov 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist stub for the 07 Nov 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist stub for the 07 Nov 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

On this show, Bruce Springsteen and the band played the entire The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle album from start to finish and in sequence.

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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