Band rehearsal #2

Three, four

Well, she drives down on her street
She turns the corner and drives down her street
In a row of houses, fade away
Like the scenery in another man's play

And have tried all, all, all night
To be judged and handed light
You've been handed light

Every day ends in wasted motion
Crossed swords on the killing floor, yeah
To settle back is to settle without knowing
The hard edge that you're settling for

Babe, if you do it right
Say, girl, while you're dancing the night away
Babe, and you don't know

There's nights when I dream of a better world
You don't, you don't, you don't know
Ooh, ooh

Oh, oh

Sometimes in the early evening
You dance and go out, oh, tonight
Oh, oh, going out, girl

But there is something I must say
That you've been left to fade away
Into the night

Oh, little girl, come
Oh, little girl, come


[Spoken outro:] What'd you think?


The above lyrics are for a band rehearsal workout of JACKSON CAGE recorded on 05 Feb 1980 at Springsteen's Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ, nicknamed "Telegraph Hill Studios". This wasn't a true studio; it was a converted barn that Springsteen and the band used to practice songs around the time The River was being cut in studio. Working out arrangements cuts down pricey hours at The Power Station where the album was recorded.

A significant amount of The River sessions audio that has surfaced unofficially comes from these Telegraph Hill sessions. Unfortunately the audio quality leaves much to be desired. It sounds as if a single boom recording mike was used and Springsteen's vocals are buried under the instruments on virtually all these recordings.

Bootleg Releases

This band rehearsal of JACKSON CAGE can be found on The Lost Masters Vol. 15 (Labour Of Love) bootleg. It's one of two different band rehearsal takes of the song found on this bootleg.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Vol. 15 (Labour Of Love)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Vol. 15 (Labour Of Love)

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help. Some of the above info is taken from Brucebase.


Some of the above lyrics are guessed and might be incorrect. If you have any corrections, additions, or comments, please contact me via the below form or by email: . You will be credited. Thanks in advance.

Available Versions

List of available versions of JACKSON CAGE on this website:

JACKSON CAGE [Album version]
JACKSON CAGE [Home demo]
JACKSON CAGE [Vocal snippet]
JACKSON CAGE [Band rehearsal #1]
JACKSON CAGE [Band rehearsal #2]
JACKSON CAGE [Live 12 Feb 2014 version]
JACKSON CAGE [John Wesley Harding's cover version]

Page last updated: 31 Aug 2011