LOOK TOWARDS THE LAND

Live 23 Oct 1971 version


Well I dreamed I was a gypsy riding the land
With a tambourine and a gypsy queen and a rainbow caravan
Just an old land sailor, that's what I wanna be
Stealing diamonds from the rich men to throw in the sea

Singing look towards the land
'Cause the land is the key
Keep an eye on the land
And an eye on me

Well I dreamed I was the cabin boy on an American clipper line
Bringing cargo down in the colony of South Caroline
Watering flowers for the captain that they may not wilt
On the best ol' clipper Donald McKay ever built

Singing look towards the land
'Cause the land holds
Keep an eye on the land
And an eye on the sea

Yes I dreamed I was the captain of a river queen
Caressing Mississippi waters down to New Orleans
Just a riverboat captain, that's all I wanna be
Won't you all come on down, I'll let you ride my mama for free

Singing look toward the river
'Cause the river is the key
Keep an eye on the river
And an eye on the sea

And don't you know that a ???

Where the river flows, I will follow
Where the sun shines, I will go
Mama take my hand, I wanna bring you to the land
Where the wild wind blows
And the mountains grow
And the people know
Yes they know
You gotta let the river flow
Let the

Where the river flows, I will follow
Where the sun shines, I will go
And mama take my hand, I wanna bring you the land
Where the wild wind blows
And the mountains grow
And the people know
Yes they know
Must that river flow
Gotta let them rivers flow

And I dreamed I was a bird flying high
And I drift down to the earth and I let myself fly
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??? and I wonder wonder why

Look toward
And the sky is the key
Keep an eye on the river
And an eye on the sea

Well I dreamed I was your lover 'cause that's what I wanna be
I dreamed that every night you dreamed only of me
We walked together along the beach, a hand held in hand
I told you you were my only woman and I'd be your only man

Singing look towards the lovers
For they are the key
Keep an eye on the lovers
And an eye on the war machine


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 23 Oct 1971 performance of LOOK TOWARDS THE LAND at University Of Richmond in Richmond, VA, with The Bruce Springsteen Band.

The Bruce Springsteen Band played a triple-bill show 23 Oct 1971 at University Of Richmond in Richmond, VA. The show was held at the university's Keller Hall Gymnasium. The Bruce Springsteen Band was the headliner and Tumbleweed and Black Forrest Rhodes were the undercards. The Bruce Springsteen Band's trumpet player Harvey Cherlin and backup singers Barbara Dinkins and Delores Holmes were not present. The band comprised only of its five core members: Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Garry Tallent, David Sancious, and Vini Lopez.

Promotional poster for the 23 Oct 1971 show at University Of Richmond, Richmond, VA
Promotional poster for the 23 Oct 1971 show at University Of Richmond, Richmond, VA

An excellent quality soundboard recording of The Bruce Springsteen Band set from this show is in the possession of a private collector. It consists of 12 songs, clocks at about 127 minutes, and is certainly the complete set. Ten songs from the recording, including LOOK TOWARDS THE LAND, have been circulating among collectors since the early eighties, but in inferior quality and incorrectly dated. The remaining two songs remain in the private collector's hands.

References

Most of the above info about the 23 Oct 1971 show is taken from Brucebase.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of LOOK TOWARDS THE LAND on this website:

LOOK TOWARDS THE LAND [Studio rehearsal version]
LOOK TOWARDS THE LAND [Live 15 May 1971 version]
LOOK TOWARDS THE LAND [Live 23 Oct 1971 version]

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