KITTY'S BACK

Live 07 Nov 2009 version


[Spoken intro to The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle album performance:]

Thank you, everybody, thanks for being here tonight! We got the last eight shows of our, of our tour going now. We've been on the road for, uh, between these two records, for a couple of years, we appreciate everybody coming out and supporting us, and, uh, as we've gotten toward the close here we were trying to think what we could do that'd be a nice treat for the fans and fun for us. So we've been, uh, playing a variety of different records a night, we've played Born To Run, we've played Born In The U.S.A., Darkness On The Edge Of Town, but tonight, we're gonna do something that's never been done before! Never! Ever! I hope we can do it! (laughs) This was a record, this was the second record that I made, and, uh, it came out, it didn't do that well, um, but it was an interesting record, it was sort of, half of the songs are kind of about, are sort of set in New Jersey and around our little, our little street corner: uh, E Street Shuffle, Sandy, uh, Wild Billy's Circus Story, uh, Rosie, those are all our New Jersey songs. And the other half were sort of my romantic ideas and fantasies of New York City, of Kitty's Back, and New York City Serenade, and Incident. So, uh, here we go! This is, uh, this is The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle!

[Performs THE E STREET SHUFFLE]

[Performs 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)]

[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 down on Bleecker Street
It's sad, but it sure is true
Cat shrugs his shoulders, sits back and sighs
Oh, what can I do?
Oh, oh, what can I do?
Oh, what can I do?
Oh, oh, what can I do?

Catlong lies back bent on a trash can
Flashing lights cut the night, dude in white says he's the man
Well, 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
Get right, get tight, get down

Who's that down the end of the alley?
Light 'em up back there!
Who's that way down the end of the alley?
Wa-ba-da-dwa-ba-ba-bi-ba-ba, who's that calling?
Who's that calling way down the end of the alley?
Steve!
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 come, here she come, here she come, here she come, here she come, here she come
Max!
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
That she left him for a city dude
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?
Whoa, oh, what can I do?
Oh, what can I do?
Whoa, oh, what can I do?
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, all right, well, it's all right
New York City!
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right)
Yeah, everybody, now
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right)
Come on, everybody, now
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right)
A little bit louder, now
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right)
Yeah, everybody
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right) All right! Yeah!
Play it for a minute, C!
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right)
Yeah, everybody, now
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right)
Swing it, horns!
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right)
Yeah, everybody, now
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right)
Come on, Max!
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right)
(Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right)
Bring those horns up!
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right)
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right)
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right, well, it's all right)
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, all right)

Kitty's back


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 07 Nov 2009 performance of KITTY'S BACK at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during the Working On A Dream Tour. The song was played in a full-band arrangement and featured a full five-man horn section led by Curt Ramm.

Ticket stub for the 07 Nov 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Ticket stub for the 07 Nov 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist stub for the 07 Nov 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist stub for the 07 Nov 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

On this show, Bruce Springsteen and the band played the entire The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle album from start to finish and in sequence.

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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