MAN AT THE TOP

Nils Lofgren's cover version


Here comes a fireman, here comes a cop
Here comes a wrench, here comes a car hop
It's been going on forever and it ain't ever gonna stop
Everybody wants to be the man at the top

Everybody wants to be the man at the top
Everybody wants to be the man at the top now
Aim your gun, son, and shoot your shot
Everybody wants to be the man at the top

Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief
Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief
One thing in common they all got
Everybody wants to be the man at the top

Everybody wants to be the man at the top
Everybody wants to be the man at the top now
Aim your gun, son, and shoot your shot
Everybody wants to be the man at the top

Singing alright
Oh oh oh oh yeah
Singing oh oh yeah
Oh oh oh yeah

Man at the top says it's lonely up there
Well if it is, man, I don't care
From the big white house to the parking lot
Everybody wants to be the man at the top

Here comes a banker, here comes a businessman
Here comes a kid with a guitar in his hand
Dreaming of his record in the number one spot
Everybody wants to be the man at the top

Everybody wants to be the man at the top
Everybody wants to be the man at the top now
Aim your gun, son, and shoot your shot
Everybody wants to be the man at the top


Info

The above lyrics are for Nils Lofgren's cover version of MAN AT THE TOP. The song was released in 2003 on the various artists tribute album Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen.

Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - Schoolhouse Records (SHR0022-2) - USA, 2003
3xCD - Good Sounds (DM 797-02) - Spain, 2003
2xCD - Good Sounds (DM 797E-02) - Spain, 2003
2xCD - Revolver (REV XD244) - UK, 2004
2xCD - Sony (MHCP-928/9) - Japan, 2005
2xCD - Sony Records (MHCO 928-929) - Japan, 2007

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. There are six issues of this album (with three track configurations) and this track was included on all six issues listed above.

Nils Lofgren's cover version of MAN AT THE TOP was recorded and mixed by Otto D'Agnolo at Chaton Studios in Phoenix, AZ, and pre-mastered By Billy Wolf at Wolf Productions, Inc. The track features Nils Lofgren solo on vocals and acoustic guitar.

Liner notes from the Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen album booklet:

I fell in love with "Man At The Top" on the Born In The U.S.A. tour. I think we only performed it twice but the sentiment hooked me and the message hit home. I've been performing it ever since in my own acoustic shows and welcomed the opportunity to record it and have it heard. I am very grateful to be able to help The Kristen Ann Carr Fund and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

- Nils Lofgren

Available Versions

List of available versions of MAN AT THE TOP on this website:

MAN AT THE TOP [Official studio version]
MAN AT THE TOP [Live 12 Jul 1984 version]
MAN AT THE TOP [Live 05 Aug 1985 version]
MAN AT THE TOP [Live 28 Jul 2013 version]
MAN AT THE TOP [Nils Lofgren's cover version]

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