IT'S TIME TO GO HOME

Live 01 Sep 1971 version


Empty tin cans cover the ground
Empty love bands bled the last chords down
Stoned out people running wild
Someone announces they lost that night

Then you know, then you know
Oh, how you know
When you're standing in the middle of a crowd and you feel so alone
The party's over, it's time to go home

Every two-bit junky in the world
Every psychedelisised little girl
You find too late there's no room to breathe
You're feeling sick, you know you gotta leave

Because you know, yes you know
Oh how you know
When you're standing in the middle of a crowd and you feel so alone
The party's over, it's time to go home

Sometimes I think I was born too late
To be what I wanna be
Because when I look around me I can't relate
There's no room, there's no place for me

The band stops, there's no electricity
We can hassle the cops or go watch TV
And off behind some crazy tree
There's a little girl and she's crying so silently

Because she knows, yes she knows
Oh God she knows
When you're standing in the middle of a crowd and you feel so alone
The party's over, it's time to go home

Yes when you're standing in the middle of a crowd and you feel so alone
The party's over and it's time to go home
Time to go home


Info

IT'S TIME TO GO HOME is an unreleased song written by Bruce Springsteen. He performed it live in 1971. The song is also known under the title "Festival".

According to Brucebase, IT'S TIME TO GO HOME was probably written in mid 1971. No studio recording of the song is known to exist.

The adjective "two-bit" in the line "Every two-bit junky in the world" means cheap. A dollar was originally a Spanish coin worth 8 Reales, originally an 8 with lines through it, hence the dollar symbol. A "bit" was one Real. However, the expression is virtually only used in the form "two bits" (= "a quarter") or in its adjectival form "two-bit" (= "cheap").

Live 01 Sep 1971 version

The above lyrics are for a live 01 Sep 1971 performance of IT'S TIME TO GO HOME at Garfield Park in Long Branch, NJ, with The Bruce Springsteen Band. Bruce Springsteen performed the song solo on piano.

This was a triple-bill show, headlined by The Bruce Springsteen Band. The support acts for this show were originally Sweet Chariot and Tumbleweed, but it appears that the latter were replaced at the last minute by The Joe Hagstrom Squeak Band. This was an outdoor show orchestrated by Tinker West's Blah Productions. A 66-minute audience recording of fair quality is in circulation among collectors. However this performance apparently lasted nearly two hours, so there's quite a bit missing and discernible edits can be heard in between songs on the audio source.

Live History

IT'S TIME TO GO HOME is known to have been performed at least once in Bruce Springsteen's early years (pre-October 1972), on 01 Sep 1971 in Long Branch, NJ. Very little is known about shows from this early period, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates. The song was played in a solo piano arrangement.

  1. 01 Sep 1971 at Garfield Park, Long Branch, NJ (with The Bruce Springsteen Band)

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's IT'S TIME TO GO HOME.

Credits / References

Thanks Chris at born2run.de and Ian (Kentboss) for the help. Much of the above information about the 01 Sep 1971 show is taken from Brucebase.

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Available Versions

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IT'S TIME TO GO HOME [Live 01 Sep 1971 version]

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