JACKSON CAGE

Home demo


Ah, in the Jackson Cage
Down in the Jackson Cage
Down in the Jackson Cage
Down in the Jackson Cage

[Recording stopped/resumed]

You take the chances that you've got to take
You drive hard and you stay awake
Keep what you get... you take what you can get and keep what you hold
Get used to being bought and... pound for pound, you're bought and sold
You sit crying, dirty on stage
You learn to cool your temper and collect your rage
To use it well down in Jackson Cage
Men down in Jackson Cage
Down in Jackson Cage


Info

The above lyrics are for a short solo acoustic guitar demo of JACKSON CAGE recorded at Springsteen's home in Holmdel, NJ, sometime between September and December 1979. Springsteen recorded many demos at his home around the time The River was being cut in studio. These home demos were not professionally recorded; it seems that Springsteen used a regular cassette recorder. They were just song fragments, and there is much stopping and starting heard as Springsteen records bits and pieces, manually stops the recorder, and then returns sometime later to add more ideas.

Bootleg Releases

This home demo recording of JACKSON CAGE can be found on The Lost Masters Vol. 7 (Labour Of Love) and The Definitive River Outtakes Collection Volume 2 (E. St. Records) bootlegs.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Vol. 7 (Labour Of Love)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Vol. 7 (Labour Of Love)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Definitive River Outtakes Collection Volume 2 (E. St. Records)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Definitive River Outtakes Collection Volume 2 (E. St. Records)

Credits

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

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