Oh Jesse, you better start thinking about saving you neck
Oh Jesse, you put on that leather jacket like you put on respect
You got cleats on your boots and a woman who shoots every time you shuffle out the stage door
Darling Jesse, ah do you know what it's all for
Ah Jesse, your manager brought by them eight-by-ten glossies of your band
Oh Jesse, he says you wear a cross 'round your neck and come on with nails in your hands
With your insides showing and your New York band blowing them old Chicago blues
Ah Jesse, can't you see you're the one, Jesse
Ah sonny, this time it's you
Well Jesse, your child is slobbering all over your pants
And Jesse, your wife has fallen into a trance
She's got eyes that tell no lies, she's seen so many wars
Ah be a good boy, Jesse, tell her she don't have to look no more
Well Jesse, he knows all the tricks to get the crowd reeling
Oh and Jesse, yeah he rocks 'em with that old soul feeling
And he walks off the stage in a self-adoring haze and gets shoved right out the door
Whoa Jesse, can't you see now boy that that's what it's all about, Jesse
Not even time to do that old played out encore
JESSE is a song written by Bruce Springsteen who recorded it in mid-1972. The song has not yet been officially released. The above lyrics are transcribed from the only known studio version of JESSE.
There is no indication to when JESSE was written. One studio version of the song is in circulation among collectors. It's a studio take likely recorded around May-Jun 1972 at Jim Cretecos' apartment in New York City, NY. It features Springsteen solo on vocals and acoustic guitar. The May-Jun 1972 sessions at Jim Cretecos' apartment were produced by Cretecos who also took the role of recording engineer. The above lyrics transcribed from that circulating studio version of JESSE.
JESSE appears on a Springsteen handwritten song list that was put up for
auction in July 2012 on
GottaHaveRockAndRoll.com. Although the auction site claims it to be a setlist, this is most probably a list of songs that Springsteen was considering taking into the studio at the very early stages of the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. recording sessions (July 1972).
The studio version of JESSE was released on the briefly-legal albums The Early Years (Early Records), Unearthed (Masquerade Music, both issues), and Before The Fame (Pony Express Records, all three issues). See PRODIGAL SON for more details.
As far as it's known, Bruce Springsteen has never performed JESSE live.
As far as it's known, only two artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's JESSE.
List of available versions of JESSE on this website:JESSE [Studio version]