MEET ME IN THE CITY

Official studio version


A one two three four, one two three four!

Hey girl I'm calling all stations, blowing down the wire tonight
I'm singing through these power lines, I'm running on time and feeling alright
Skipping over the currents in the air, reaching to see if you're out there
Coming across your radio station, calling out nation to nation
If you can hear me then say alright
And if you can, meet me in the city tonight

I was busted for feeling no pain
Charged with doing things I can't explain
Picked up for parole violation
Locked with the boys in the subway station
Handcuffed on the killing floor
Transmitting from behind these jailhouse doors
If you're sick, if you're tired, if you're bored
Then check the line, check the time, check the action, check the score
Come and get me if I ain't right
But if I am, meet me in the city tonight

Everybody's lost in romance
Do you feel the way I feel, oh-oh
I'm just searching, girl
For the blood, for the bone, for the muscle, for what's real

[Sax solo]

I was busted for feeling no pain
Charged with doing things I can't explain
Picked up for parole violation
Locked with the boys in the subway station
I pushed my way through the heart of the crowd
I shoved my way through the heart of the crowd
Past the sign saying this is not allowed
To where someone's standing straight and shouting out loud

Handcuffed to the jailhouse door
Transmitting from the gallows floor
And if you're sick, if you're tired, if you're bored
Check the line, check the time, check the action, check the score

If you can holler, then say alright (alright)
If you can holler, then say alright (alright)
If you can holler, then say alright (alright)
If you can holler, then say alright (alright)
If you can holler, then say alright (alright)
And if you can, meet me in the city tonight
Meet me in the city tonight
Meet me in the city tonight
In the city, meet me in the city tonight
In the city, meet me in the city tonight
In the city, meet me in the city tonight
In the city, meet me in the city tonight


Info

MEET ME IN THE CITY is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015. The above lyrics are for the official studio version of MEET ME IN THE CITY as released in 2015.

MEET ME IN THE CITY debuted on 15 Oct 2015, the same day when The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set was announced. The song was posted on both Bruce Springsteen's official website and Bruce Springsteen's VEVO YouTube channel.


Studio Recording

Only one studio take of MEET ME IN THE CITY is in circulation, released in 2015. This official studio version features modern lead vocals (with the exception of Springsteen's count-in), probably recorded in 2015, but the inclusion of both Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici in the credits suggests that some of the backing music was recorded during the 1979-1980 sessions at The Power Station in New York City, NY. However, according to Sony's database of Springsteen recording sessions, MEET ME IN THE CITY was not cut in studio at the time The River was being recorded at The Power Station. Since the song was not completed during The River sessions, it seems likely that at least some of the backing music is modern.

MEET ME IN THE CITY is known to have been practiced with the band, in late March 1979 during rehearsal sessions at Springsteen's Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ. Eight takes from these rehearsal have appeared on bootlegs. See band rehearsal #1, band rehearsal #2, band rehearsal #3, band rehearsal #4, band rehearsal #5, band rehearsal #6, band rehearsal #7, and band rehearsal #8.

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection is a Bruce Springsteen box set released in 2015 on Columbia Records to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The River album. The 10"x12" box set contains four CDs, 2 Blu-Ray discs or 3 DVDs, and a hardcover 148-page coffee table book featuring 200 mostly unseen studio and live photographs, pages from Springsteen's notebooks, single covers, images and outtakes from the original album package, and other memorabilia documenting the album, plus a new essay by Mikal Gilmore. The box set was announced on 16 Oct 2015 and released to retail on 04 Dec 2015.

The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (box set cover art)
The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (box set cover art)

The first two discs consist of the 2014 remastered version of The River album. The third disc contains The River: Single Album, a 10-track album originally planned for release in 1979, under the title "The Ties That Bind". "The songs lacked the kind of unity and conceptual intensity I liked my music to have. So we went back in the studio," Springsteen wrote in his 1998 book Songs. He scrapped the project and went on to rework some of the songs and write and record some others, leading to the double-disc release the following year. All but one of these ten tracks were previously released.

1.THE TIES THAT BINDDifferent version previously released on The River
2.CINDYPreviously unreleased
3.HUNGRY HEARTPreviously released on The River
4.STOLEN CARPreviously released on Tracks
5.BE TRUEPreviously released as a B-side and on Tracks
6.THE RIVERPreviously released on The River
7.YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)Different version previously released on The River
8.THE PRICE YOU PAYDifferent version previously released on The River
9.I WANNA MARRY YOUPreviously released on The River
10.LOOSE ENDSPreviously released on Tracks

The fourth discs contains The River: Outtakes, a 22-track album collection consisting of outtakes from the 1979-1980 sessions that didn't make the cut for either the single- or double-album versions of The River. The CD is divided into two parts, "Record One" (the first 11 tracks) and "Record Two" (the remaining 10 tracks). The former consists of unreleased songs while the latter consists of previously released songs.

1.MEET ME IN THE CITYPreviously unreleased
2.THE MAN WHO GOT AWAYPreviously unreleased
3.LITTLE WHITE LIESPreviously unreleased
4.THE TIME THAT NEVER WASPreviously unreleased
5.NIGHT FIREPreviously unreleased
6.WHITETOWNPreviously unreleased
7.CHAIN LIGHTNINGPreviously unreleased
8.PARTY LIGHTSPreviously unreleased
9.PARADISE BY THE "C"Live version previously released on Live/1975-85
10.STRAY BULLETPreviously unreleased
11.MR. OUTSIDEPreviously unreleased
12.ROULETTEPreviously released on Tracks
13.RESTLESS NIGHTSPreviously released on Tracks
14.WHERE THE BANDS AREPreviously released on Tracks
15.DOLLHOUSEPreviously released on Tracks
16.LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLDPreviously released on Tracks
17.TAKE 'EM AS THEY COMEPreviously released on Tracks
18.RICKY WANTS A MAN OF HER OWNPreviously released on Tracks
19.I WANNA BE WITH YOUPreviously released on Tracks
20.MARY LOUPreviously released on Tracks
21.HELD UP WITHOUT A GUNPreviously released as a B-side
22.FROM SMALL THINGS (BIG THINGS ONE DAY COME)Previously released on The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 3-disc edition)

The fifth disc contains the 60-minute documentary, The Ties That Bind, produced and directed by Grammy and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny. The documentary features an intimate interview with Bruce Springsteen as he reflects on writing and recording of The River. The film transitions between Springsteen telling the stories behind the music — and illustrating them with solo acoustic guitar performances — interspersed with period concert footage and rare photos of him and the band in and out of the studio.

The sixth disc (on the Blu-Ray release) or sixth and seventh disc (on the DVD release) feature(s) The River Tour, Tempe 1980, a new professionally shot film consisting of 24 songs from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's 05 Nov 1980 concert at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. The film uses four cameras and is recorded in multitrack audio and clocks at 2 hours and 40 minutes. The tapes were edited by Thom Zimny and the audio was mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig.

  1. BORN TO RUN
  2. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  3. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  4. JACKSON CAGE
  5. TWO HEARTS
  6. THE PROMISED LAND
  7. OUT IN THE STREET
  8. THE RIVER
  9. BADLANDS
  10. THUNDER ROAD
  11. NO MONEY DOWN
  12. CADILLAC RANCH
  13. HUNGRY HEART
  14. FIRE
  15. SHERRY DARLING
  16. I WANNA MARRY YOU
  17. CRUSH ON YOU
  18. RAMROD
  19. YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)
  20. DRIVE ALL NIGHT
  21. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  22. I'M A ROCKER
  23. JUNGLELAND
  24. DETROIT MEDLEY

The ten songs that are not included on The River Tour, Tempe 1980 (DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, INDEPENDENCE DAY, FACTORY, RACING IN THE STREET, CANDY'S ROOM, THE TIES THAT BIND, STOLEN CAR, WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY, POINT BLANK, and BACKSTREETS) were later officially released on Live.BruceSpringsteen.net.

The last disc also contains The River Tour Rehearsals, which consists of a 5-song 20-minute bonus footage from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's private rehearsals in late September 1980 at Clair Brothers Audio in Lititz, PA. Springsteen and the band can be seen working through live arrangements of what was then unreleased material from the upcoming album.

  1. RAMROD
  2. CADILLAC RANCH
  3. FIRE
  4. CRUSH ON YOU
  5. SHERRY DARLING

Live History

MEET ME IN THE CITY was performed off-tour on 19 Dec 2015 at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City, NY, during a TV appearance on Saturday Night Live. The song was played in its full-band album arrangement. See the live 19 Dec 2015 version for more details.

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's MEET ME IN THE CITY.

Credits

Thanks Gianluca (aka Badlands69) and Stu for the lyrics help.

Request

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Available Versions

List of available versions of MEET ME IN THE CITY on this website:

MEET ME IN THE CITY [Official studio version]
MEET ME IN THE CITY [Band rehearsal #1]
MEET ME IN THE CITY [Band rehearsal #2]
MEET ME IN THE CITY [Band rehearsal #3]
MEET ME IN THE CITY [Band rehearsal #4]
MEET ME IN THE CITY [Band rehearsal #5]
MEET ME IN THE CITY [Band rehearsal #6]
MEET ME IN THE CITY [Band rehearsal #7]
MEET ME IN THE CITY [Band rehearsal #8]
MEET ME IN THE CITY [Live 19 Dec 2015 version]

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