KITTY'S BACK

Live 19 Sep 1978 version


[Spoken intro:] Since all the folks in Philadelphia are listening, baby, hit 'em with Kitty's Back!

Catlong sighs holding Kitty's black tooth
She left to marry some top cat, ain't it the cold truth
There hasn't been a tally since Sally left the alley
Since Kitty left with Big Pretty things have got pretty thin
It's tight on this fence since them young dudes are muscling in

Jack Knife cries 'cause baby's in a bundle
She goes running nightly, lightly through the jungle
Them tin cans are exploding out in the ninety-degree heat
Cat somehow lost his Kitty out on Bleecker Street
Well, it's sad, but it sure is true
Cat just shrugs his shoulders, sits back and sighs
Oh, what can I do?
Whoa, what can I do?
Oh, what can I do?
Ooh, what can I do?
Hey!

Here we go!

Catlong lies back bent on a trash can
Flashing lights cut the night, dude in white says he's the man
You better learn to move fast when you're young or you're not long 'round
Cat somehow lost his Kitty down in the city pound
Now, listen!
Get right, get tight, get down

Here she comes
Here she comes, (here she comes)
Here she comes, (here she comes)
Here she comes, (here she comes)
Here she comes, (here she comes)
Here she comes, (here she comes)
Here she comes, (here she comes)
Here she comes, here she comes, here she comes, here she comes, here she comes, here she comes, here she comes, here she comes
(Here she comes, here she comes, here she comes, here she comes, here she comes)
Kitty's back in town (here she comes, now)
Kitty's back (oh, oh, all right)
Kitty's back in town (here she comes, now)
Kitty's back (oh, oh, all right)
Kitty's back in town (here she comes, now)
Kitty's back (oh, oh, all right)
Kitty's back in town (here she comes, now)
Kitty's back (oh, oh, all right)

Cat knows his Kitty's been untrue
Well, and that she left him for a city dude
But she's so soft, she's so blue
When he looks into her eyes
He just sits back and sighs
Oh, what can I do?
Ooh, what can I do?
Ooh, ooh, what can I do?
Ooh, what can I do?

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, (oh, it's all right)
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, (oh, it's all right)
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)
Say it again!
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, oh, it's all right)
Say it, say it again!
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, it's all right)
Just a little bit louder!
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, well, it's all right)
Say it, say it, say it again!
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, it's all right)
Yes, I gotta get it louder!
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, it's all right) Bring it up! Say it up!
Just one more time!
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, it's all right) Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!
Say it, say it, say it, say it again!
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, it's all right)
Oh yeah, take it, man!
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, it's all right)
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, it's all right)
It's all right!
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, it's all right)
It's all right, it's all right
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, it's all right)
Let's go!

Where are you, Philadelphia? Kitty's back!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 19 Sep 1978 performance of KITTY'S BACK at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. The song was played in a straight-away full-band version that would more-or-less become the "traditional" arrangement.

The 19 Sep 1978 Show

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed a series of three sold-out concerts at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, on 19, 20, and 21 Sep 1978. In its 07 Oct 1978 issue, Billboard reported that a total of 10,518 tickets were sold for the three nights, grossing $85,791 (ticket prices ranged between $7.50 and $8.50).

The Capitol Theatre was known for its in-house video system which resulted in a number of good quality, professionally shot black-and-white video bootlegs. So far, video footage has surfaced from the first two nights of Springsteen's residency. Moreover, the three shows were recorded live by the Record Plant's remote truck, both on multi-track and live-to-two-track. Soundboard tapes of all three nights have eventually made their way into the hands of fans.

The Capitol Theatre was a 3,200-seat entertainment venue located at the intersection of Monroe Street and Central Avenue in Passaic, NJ. Built in 1926 as a vaudeville house, it later served as a movie theater and in its later years a porn movie theater. In December 1971 legendary concert promoter John Scher and partner Al Hayward took over the theater. They bought the property and transformed into a concert venue, which became a tour stop for almost every major artist in the 1970s. Hayward left in 1973 to form his own company and Scher remained and produced concerts of some of the biggest and most important performers in rock history. The theater closed in 1989 and was demolished two years later.

A series of "John Scher Presents" concert programs were created for specific events at Capitol Theatre and some other venues in New Jersey and New York and were distributed to the audience free of charge. Churchmouse/Moyssi produced "John Scher Presents" concert programs in 1975 and from 1977 through 1984. Most of these programs feature an original cover illustration by James D. Moyssiadis (a.k.a. Moyssi), who was also the resident stage lighting director at the Capitol Theatre from 1971-1986, created specifically for each concert. A 12-page program was created for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's famous three-night stand at the Capitol in 1978. It features an illustration by Moyssi on page 1 (see scan below left), a biography, ads, and an illustration by Arlen Schumer on page 3 (see scan below center). Schumer's illustration on page 3 was inspired by a marquee he designed for the three-night stand at the request of Scher (see photo below right). Arlen Schumer was the art director of the first Springsteen magazine Thunder Road between 1978 and 1982 and later became a longtime contributor to Backstreets magazine for which he did the cover illustration for issue #47 (Fall 1994). He also guest-DJ'ed on Sirius XM's E Street Radio channel.

Concert program for the 19-21 shows at Capitol Thatre, Passaic, NJ (page 1)
Concert program for the 19-21 shows at Capitol Thatre, Passaic, NJ (page 1)
Concert program for the 19-21 shows at Capitol Thatre, Passaic, NJ (page 3)
Concert program for the 19-21 shows at Capitol Thatre, Passaic, NJ (page 3)
Marquee for the 19-21 shows at Capitol Thatre, Passaic, NJ
Marquee for the 19-21 shows at Capitol Thatre, Passaic, NJ

The 19 Sep 1978 concert was broadcast live on ten FM radio stations in the Northeastern United States, including WNEW (now WWFS) in New York City, NY, WBCN in Boston, MA, WCOZ in Boston, MA, WIOQ in Philadelphia, PA, and WIYY in Baltimore, MD.

Ticket stub for the 19 Sep 1978 show at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
Ticket stub for the 19 Sep 1978 show at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
(Taken from Brucebase)

  1. BADLANDS
  2. STREETS OF FIRE
  3. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  5. INDEPENDENCE DAY
  6. THE PROMISED LAND
  7. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  8. RACING IN THE STREET
  9. THUNDER ROAD
  10. MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER
  11. JUNGLELAND
  12. KITTY'S BACK
  13. FIRE
  14. CANDY'S ROOM
  15. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  16. POINT BLANK
  17. SHE'S THE ONE
  18. BACKSTREETS
  19. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  20. 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
  21. BORN TO RUN
  22. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  23. DETROIT MEDLEY
  24. RAISE YOUR HAND

The 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe.

Bruce Springsteen -- Live At The Capitol Theather, Passiac, NJ September 19th, 1978
Bruce Springsteen -- Live At The Capitol Theather, Passiac, NJ September 19th, 1978

3xCD - Klondike (KL3CD5001) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen -- Capitol Theather, Passiac, NJ September 19, 1978
Bruce Springsteen -- Capitol Theather, Passiac, NJ September 19, 1978

3xCD - Rox Vox (RV3CD1002) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen -- Capitol Theather, Passiac, NJ September 19, 1978
Bruce Springsteen -- Capitol Theather, Passiac, NJ September 19, 1978

4xLP - Rox Vox (RV4LP1002) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Passaic Night 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Passaic Night 1978

3xCD - Leftfield Media (LFM3CD533) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Passaic Night 1978 Volume One
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Passaic Night 1978 Volume One

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV315LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 1 of three of the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Passaic Night 1978 Volume Two
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Passaic Night 1978 Volume Two

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV316LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 2 of three of the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Passaic Night 1978 Volume Three
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Passaic Night 1978 Volume Three

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV317LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 3 of three of the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts

15xCD - Sound Stage (SSCDBOX10) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 09 Aug 1978 broadcast from The Agora, the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre, the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre, the 30 Sep 1978 broadcast from Fox Theatre, and the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.

Credits

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

Available Versions

List of available versions of KITTY'S BACK on this website:

KITTY'S BACK [Album version]
KITTY'S BACK [Outtake version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 06 Dec 1973 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 13 Jul 1974 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 05 Feb 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 08 Aug 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 14 Aug 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 27 Sep 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 11 Oct 1975 (late show) version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 05 Dec 1975 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 19 Sep 1978 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 17 Dec 2000 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 08 Dec 2001 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 06 Oct 2002 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 11 Dec 2002 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 29 Apr 2003 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 31 Aug 2003 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 08 Dec 2003 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 20 Mar 2008 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 07 May 2008 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 15 Aug 2008 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 29 Apr 2009 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 23 May 2009 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 03 Oct 2009 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 07 Nov 2009 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 03 Nov 2010 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Live 05 Feb 2014 version]
KITTY'S BACK [Strange Fruit's cover version]

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