JUNGLELAND

Album version


The rangers had a homecoming in Harlem late last night
And the Magic Rat drove his sleek machine over the Jersey state line
Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a Dodge drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain
The Rat pulls into town rolls up his pants, together they take a stab at romance and disappear down Flamingo Lane

Well the Maximum Lawman run down Flamingo chasing the Rat and the barefoot girl
And the kids 'round here look just like shadows, always quiet, holding hands
From the churches to the jails tonight all is silence in the world
As we take our stand down in Jungleland

The midnight gang's assembled and picked a rendezvous for the night
They'll meet 'neath that giant Exxon sign that brings this fair city light
Man, there's an opera out on the Turnpike, there's a ballet being fought out in the alley
Until the local cops, Cherry Tops, rips this holy night

The street's alive as secret debts are paid, contacts made, they vanished unseen
Kids flash guitars just like switch-blades hustling for the record machine
The hungry and the hunted explode into rock and roll bands
They faced off against each other out in the street down in Jungleland

In the parking lot the visionaries dress in the latest rage
Inside the backstreet girls are dancing to the records that the deejay plays
Lonely-hearted lovers struggle in dark corners desperate as the night moves on
Just one look and a whisper, they're gone

Beneath the city two hearts beat, soul engines running through a night so tender
In a bedroom locked, in whispers of soft refusal and then surrender
In the tunnels uptown, the Rat's own dream guns him down as shots echo down them hallways in the night
No one watches when the ambulance pulls away or as the girl shuts out the bedroom light

Outside the street's on fire in a real death waltz between what's flesh and what's fantasy
And the poets down here don't write nothing at all, they just stand back and let it all be
And in the quick of the night they reach for their moment and try to make an honest stand
But they wind up wounded, not even dead, tonight in Jungleland


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Info

JUNGLELAND is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1975 album Born To Run. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of JUNGLELAND as released in 1975.

The album version of JUNGLELAND was included on The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition) compilation album.

Composition and Recording

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Born To Run

The Born To Run recording sessions can be divided into two phases: the 1974 sessions and the 1975 sessions. The first phase consisted of scattered sessions conducted between May and October 1974 at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, NY, while Springsteen and the band were still in the midst of The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle Tour. When the lengthy tour came to an end in March 1975, the recording sessions continued at The Record Plant in New York City, NY, in March 1975 and lasted till July. 914 Sound Studios was Mike Appel's studio of choice, but The Record Plant was advised by Springsteen's friend and future manager Jon Landau. All tracks on the Born To Run album, except the title track, were recorded during these Mar-Jul 1975 sessions.

Born To Run was commercially released on Columbia Records 01 Sep 1975. Note that a small quantity of blank label, advanced promo copies (known as the "Script Covers") were issued to VIPs on or around 12 Aug 1975, and normal promo copies were sent to radio stations on or around 24 Aug 1975. The album peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard 200. It also reached #36 on the UK Album Chart. The album re-entered the Billboard 200 in the eighties, reaching #66 in 1980 and #101 in 1985. The 30th anniversary reissue reached #18 in 2005.

Bruce Springsteen -- Born To Run
Bruce Springsteen -- Born To Run

The album features 8 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 39:26. It is produced by Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel, and Jon Landau.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen

The Essential Bruce Springsteen is a compilation album released as part of Sony BMG'S (previously Sony Music Entertainment) series of "Essential" sets. According to Springsteen's liner notes comments, the collection was intended as an introduction to his music for new fans who attended shows on The Rising Tour.

The collection is fundamentally a 2-disc set (clocking at 153:37) compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Live In New York City release. A 3-disc limited edition (clocking at 201:04) was also released. It includes a bonus third disc comprising of a selection of rarities and previously unreleased recordings.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was released on 11 Nov 2003 on Columbia Records. It debuted and peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart where it spent 13 weeks. It also reached #28 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was awarded certified gold and platinum records by the RIAA on 16 Dec 2003.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was reissued on 16 Oct 2015, this time as a 2-disc set (clocking at 156:25) with an updated track list, compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Greatest Hits (1995 edition) collection. This 2015 reissue features remastered tracks not found in that form on other Springsteen releases.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)

Other Official Releases

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Other versions of JUNGLELAND were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Tower Theater, Philadelphia 1975
The live 31 Dec 1975 version of JUNGLELAND was released on the Tower Theater, Philadelphia 1975 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Palace Theatre, Albany 1977
The live 07 Feb 1977 version of JUNGLELAND was released on the Palace Theatre, Albany 1977 official live download in 2017.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY 1977
The live 08 Feb 1977 version of JUNGLELAND was released on the Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY 1977 official live download in 2017.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Agora, Cleveland 1978
The live 09 Aug 1978 version of JUNGLELAND was released on The Agora, Cleveland 1978 official live download in 2014.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
The live 05 Nov 1980 version of JUNGLELAND was released on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980
The live 31 Dec 1980 version of JUNGLELAND was released on the Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey 1984
The live 05 Aug 1984 version of JUNGLELAND was released on the Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey 1984 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO 8/23/2008
The live 23 Aug 2008 version of JUNGLELAND was released on the Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO 8/23/2008 official live download in 2017.

Live History

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Appearance in Movies

Bruce Springsteen's album version of JUNGLELAND appears in one movie.

Promotional poster for the film "Baby It's You"
It was used in the 1983 film Baby It's You, directed John Sayles and starring Rosanna Arquette and Vincent Spano.

Director John Sayles used five Bruce Springsteen songs in the soundtrack of Baby It's You. These were IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY, THE E STREET SHUFFLE, JUNGLELAND, SHE'S THE ONE, and ADAM RAISED A CAIN. Sayles told Backstreets magazine in 1983, "We sent him the script and he really liked it. He sent his manager to see it and then Bruce said we could have [the songs]. We didn't even have to pay a whole bunch of money for them. I was really honored." The relation continued through the years, as Sayles would direct Springsteen's videos for BORN IN THE U.S.A. in 1984 and I'M ON FIRE and GLORY DAYS in 1985. Springsteen would later record LIFT ME UP for Sayles' 1999 film Limbo.

Contrary to common beliefs, Baby It's You was not the first theatrical film ever to feature the music of Bruce Springsteen. The first was Dead End Street (Kvish L'Lo Motzah in Hebrew), a 1982 Israeli film directed by Yaky Yosha.

Covers

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John Bayless -- Greetings From John Bayless
John Bayless -- Greetings From John Bayless

CD - Megaforte Digital / Atlantic Records (81906-2) - USA, 1988

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Cory Arcangel -- The Bruce Springsteen Born To Run Glockenspiel Addendum
Cory Arcangel -- The Bruce Springsteen Born To Run Glockenspiel Addendum

12" EP - no label (GA001) - USA, 2006

Contains glockenspiel arrangements of five songs from Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run.
Mount Pleasant -- Born To Run
Mount Pleasant -- Born To Run

Digital album - no label (no catalog number) - New New Zealand, 2010

This is a free download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Jonathan Rado -- Born To Run
Jonathan Rado -- Born To Run

LP - Sounds Delicious (SD002) - USA, 2017

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Available Versions

List of available versions of JUNGLELAND on this website:

JUNGLELAND [Album version]

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