MY HOMETOWN

Album version


I was eight years old and running with a dime in my hand
Into the bus stop to pick up a paper for my old man
I'd sit on his lap in that big old Buick and steer as we drove through town
He'd tousle my hair and say son take a good look around
This is your hometown
This is your hometown
This is your hometown
This is your hometown

In '65 tension was running high at my high school
There was a lot of fights between the black and white, there was nothing you could do
Two cars at a light on a Saturday night, in the back seat there was a gun
Words were passed in a shotgun blast, troubled times had come
To my hometown
My hometown
My hometown
My hometown

Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores
Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more
They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back
To your hometown
Your hometown
Your hometown
Your hometown

Last night me and Kate we laid in bed talking about getting out
Packing up our bags maybe heading south
I'm thirty-five, we got a boy of our own now
Last night I sat him up behind the wheel and said son take a good look around
This is your hometown


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Info

MY HOMETOWN is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1984 album Born In The U.S.A.. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of MY HOMETOWN as released in 1984.

The album version of MY HOMETOWN was included on the Greatest Hits (1995 edition) compilation album.

Composition and Recording

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In the liner notes of his 1995 Greatest Hits album, Springsteen wrote: "The harshness of Reganism, post-industrial America, memories of my childhood + my Town."

Born In The U.S.A.

Born In The U.S.A. is Bruce Springsteen's seventh studio album. It was released on 04 Jun 1984 on Columbia Records. It was recorded between January 1982 and February 1984 at The Hit Factory and The Power Station in New York City, NY.

Bruce Springsteen -- Born In The U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen -- Born In The U.S.A.

The album features 12 tracks and clocks at 46:57. It is produced by produced by Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Bruce Springsteen, and Steven Van Zandt.

Greatest Hits 1995 Edition

Greatest Hits (1995 edition) is a collection of some of Bruce Springsteen's hit singles and popular album tracks through the years, in addition to four previously unreleased songs, three of which were recorded with the E Street Band in 1995 – Springsteen's first release with his backing band since the late eighties. Some of the songs on Greatest Hits are shorter versions of the original album releases.

In 1994 Bruce Springsteen recorded an album that was never released. His manager Jon Landau wasn't a fan of the project and recommended shelving it and focusing more on a "career overview". This lead to the Greatest Hits sessions with the E Street Band in 1995. Springsteen called the band in early January to record some new songs for the album and they assembled for the recording sessions on 09 Jan 1995 at The Hit Factory in New York City, NY. The sessions, which lasted about ten days, were the band's first studio reunion in 11 years (since the Born In The U.S.A. sessions) and their first ever with Nils Lofgren.

Bruce Springsteen -- Greatest Hits
Bruce Springsteen -- Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits was released on 27 Feb 1995 on Columbia Records. It was commercially successful, debuting at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 where it stayed on the chart for 32 weeks. It also peaked at #1 in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and many European countries. By 2008 the album had sold more than four million copies in the United States.

In 2013, Sony Music reissued the album in Venezuela as part of its Star Collection series, which was made exclusively for the Venezuelan market via Sony Music Venezuela in 2013. The album is titled after the series and features totally different artwork. Just like on Greatest Hits, the songs are shorter versions of the original album releases.

Bruce Springsteen -- Star Collection
Bruce Springsteen -- Star Collection

CD - Sony Music (001) - Venezuela, 2013

Single Release

The album version of MY HOMETOWN was released as a single in November 1985, with the live 12 Dec 1975 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TOWN on the B-side. It peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and at #6 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart. The single was reissued on cassette and CD in 1998.

Bruce Springsteen -- "Dancing In The Dark / My Hometown"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Dancing In The Dark / My Hometown"

7" single - CBS (7012843) - Costa Rica, 1984

Sunburst labels version, comes in a CBS company sleeve.

A1- DANCING IN THE DARK
B1- MY HOMETOWN
Bruce Springsteen -- "Dancing In The Dark / My Hometown"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Dancing In The Dark / My Hometown"

7" single - CBS (7012843) - Costa Rica, 1984

Pink labels version, comes in a CBS company sleeve.

A1- DANCING IN THE DARK
B1- MY HOMETOWN
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (BA 3394) - Australia, 1985

A white label promo counterpart was also issued.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - Columbia (38 05728) - Canada, 1985

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (A 6773) - Holland, 1985

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

12" single - CBS (A 12.6773) - Holland, 1985

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (A 6773) - Italy, 1985

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS / Sony (07SP 935) - Japan, 1985

Comes with a picture insert. Promotional copies have regular stock orange labels with "NOT FOR SALE / SAMPLE" (in Japanese) printed above the catalogue number.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"

7" single - CBS (BA 3394) - New Zealand, 1985

Comes in a CBS company sleeve.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Bruce Springsteen -- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

7" single - CBS (A 6773) - Portugal, 1985

The Portuguese pressing of this single has the A-side and the B-side switched and comes in a unique picture sleeve totally different from the remaining pressings of this single.

A1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
B1- MY HOMETOWN
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"

7" single - CBS (SSC 5899) - South Africa, 1985

Comes in a CBS company sleeve.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (A 6773) - Spain, 1985

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (A 6773) - Spain, 1985

Promotional release, one-sided.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- [blank]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (A 6773) - UK, 1985
7" single - CBS (A 6773) - Ireland, 1985

The Irish pressing of this single was issued in UK picture sleeve. There are two versions of the Irish pressing, one with orange/yellow labels and one with red labels.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (38-05728) - USA, 1985

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (38-05728) - USA, 1985

Promotional release, comes in a special promotional picture sleeve.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- MY HOMETOWN
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

12" single - CBS (CAS 2233) - USA, 1985

Promotional release.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- MY HOMETOWN
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"

7" single - Columbia (13-08414) - USA, 1986

Columbia's "Hall Of Fame" series reissue, comes in a "Hall Of Fame" company sleeve.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"

7" single - Columbia (13-08414) - USA, late 1980's

Collectables reissue, comes in a Collectables company sleeve.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"

7" single - Columbia (13-08414) - USA, mid-1990's

Mid-1990's reissue, comes in a white paper sleeve.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

MC single - Columbia (38T 05728) - USA, 1998

A1- MY HOMETOWN
A2- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
B1- MY HOMETOWN
B2- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

CD single - Columbia (38K 5728) - USA, 1998

01- MY HOMETOWN
02- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]

Other Official Releases

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The album version of MY HOMETOWN was included on some various artists albums.

Various artists -- Kuschelrock 11
Various artists -- Kuschelrock 11

2xCD - Sony Music Media (SMM 487444 2) - Germany, 1997
2xCD - Sony Music Media (SMM 487444 9) - Germany, 1997
2xCD - Sony Music Media (SMM CL 36627 8) - Germany, 1997
2xMC - Sony Music Media (SMM 487444 4) - Germany, 1997
2xCD - Sony Music Media (SMM4874440) - Germany, 2004
2xCD - Sony BMG (88697 27177 2) - Germany, 2008
Various artists -- Knuffelrock 6
Various artists -- Knuffelrock 6

2xCD - Sony Music Media (488924-2) - Holland, 1997

Other versions of MY HOMETOWN were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey 1984
The live 05 Aug 1984 version of MY HOMETOWN was released on the Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey 1984 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live/1975-85
The live 30 Sep 1985 version of MY HOMETOWN was released on the Live/1975-85 box set in 1986.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Christic Shows, November 16 & 17, 1990
The live 16 Nov 1990 version of MY HOMETOWN was released on The Christic Shows, November 16 & 17, 1990 official live download in 2016.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Christic Shows, November 16 & 17, 1990
The live 17 Nov 1990 version of MY HOMETOWN was released on The Christic Shows, November 16 & 17, 1990 official live download in 2016.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live
The live 29 Jun 2000 version of MY HOMETOWN was released on the Live promotional single in 2001.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA 10/20/09
The live 20 Oct 2009 version of MY HOMETOWN was released on the Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA 10/20/09 official live download in 2017.

Live History: on-tour

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Live History: off-tour

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Appearance in Movies

Bruce Springsteen's album version of MY HOMETOWN appears in one movie.

Promotional poster for the film "Roger & Me"
It was used in the 1989 documentary film Roger & Me, directed by Michael Moore. No soundtrack album was released for this film.

Covers

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John Bayless -- Greetings From John Bayless
John Bayless -- Greetings From John Bayless

CD - Megaforte Digital / Atlantic Records (81906-2) - USA, 1988

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
American Boys -- Bruce Springsteen - Coverversion
American Boys -- Bruce Springsteen - Coverversion

CD - Azzurra (TBP 1113) - Italy, 2000

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It was reissued in 2003 under the title Bruce Springsteen: The Best - Cover 100%, with catalog number TBP 1152 and with a different artwork.
Studio 99 -- Born In The USA: Springsteen - A Tribute
Studio 99 -- Born In The USA: Springsteen - A Tribute

CD - Going For A Song (GFS402) - UK, 2001

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen: Made In the U.S.A.
Various artists -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen: Made In the U.S.A.

CD - Purple Pyramid (CLP 1049-2) - USA, 2001

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. MY HOMETOWN is performed by Robin McAuley.
Nick White -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen
Nick White -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Millennium Gold (MG2110) - Holland, 2002

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Section -- Hometown: The String Quartet Tribute To Springsteen
The Section -- Hometown: The String Quartet Tribute To Springsteen

CD - Vitamin (CD 8678) - USA, 2002

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Session musicians -- Super Instrumental
Session musicians -- Super Instrumental

CD - O6epir-XXI / Vikkon (no catalog number) - Ukraine, 2003

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
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. MY HOMETOWN is performed by Jason Ringenberg.
New Jersey All Stars -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
New Jersey All Stars -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Cedar (1402) - Europe, 2004

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Studio Group -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol 2
Studio Group -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol 2

Digital album - Charly Records (no catalog number) - unknown country, 2006

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Voices On Tour -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen
The Voices On Tour -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Promo Sound (PS 1723 CD) - Germany, 2006

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Rock Riot -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Rock Riot -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

Digital EP - Vanilla OMP (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2009

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute EP. It was later reissued featuring a different artwork and credited to "The Wanted".
The Wave Pictures -- Play Some Pool
The Wave Pictures -- Play Some Pool

CD-R - Where It's At Is Where You Are (no catalog number) - UK, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It's a free disc included with the label's "Girls In Their Summer Clothes / If I Should Fall Behind" 7-inch single.
Various artists -- Play Some Pool, Skip Some School, Act Real Cool: A Global Pop Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Play Some Pool, Skip Some School, Act Real Cool: A Global Pop Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - Where It's At Is Where You Are (WIACD20) - UK, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. MY HOMETOWN is performed by Travis Elborough.
Starlite Singers -- Glory Days (In The Style Of Bruce Springsteen)
Starlite Singers -- Glory Days (In The Style Of Bruce Springsteen)

Digital album - Starlite / Suite 102 (unknown catalog number) - Canada, 2010

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Hit Co. -- A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set
The Hit Co. -- A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set

Digital album - Planet Music (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2010

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It was also released the same year as three separate volumes: Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 1 1973-1985, Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 2 1980-1989, and Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 3 1990-2009. A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set however includes two tracks not found on the three separate volumes. In 2012, the same tracks found on A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set were distributed over three download-only digital Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp tribute albums: Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 1, Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 2, and Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 3.
The Boss Band -- The Ultimate Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
The Boss Band -- The Ultimate Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Big Eye Music (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2011

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Déjà Vu -- Tribute To Working Class Hero Bruce Springsteen - Vol. 1
Déjà Vu -- Tribute To Working Class Hero Bruce Springsteen - Vol. 1

Digital album - Zulu (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2012

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Heinrich Müller & Band -- On Fire: A Tribute To The Music Of Bruce Springsteen
Heinrich Müller & Band -- On Fire: A Tribute To The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Nation / Carusounds (NB0325) - Switzerland, 2012

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Das Traumstern-Orchester -- Spielt Hits Von Bruce Springsteen
Das Traumstern-Orchester -- Spielt Hits Von Bruce Springsteen

CD - Europa Family Music / Sony Music (88765 47379 2) - Germany, 2013

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Judson Mancebo -- Babies Love Bruce Springsteen
Judson Mancebo -- Babies Love Bruce Springsteen

CD - Sony Music (88765482692) - Brazil, 2013
CD - DIVUCSA (38-534) - Spain, 2015

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Rock Riff Tones -- We Love (A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen)
Rock Riff Tones -- We Love (A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen)

Digital album - Devoted Music (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2013

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
New Tribute Kings -- World Allstars - Bruce Springsteen Tribute Hits
New Tribute Kings -- World Allstars - Bruce Springsteen Tribute Hits

Digital album - Legacy Records (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2014

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Bruce Springsteen Tribute (Rauch Auf Dem Wasser - Edition)
Various artists -- Bruce Springsteen Tribute (Rauch Auf Dem Wasser - Edition)

CD - COAAST-TMP (no catalog number) - Germany, 2014

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. MY HOMETOWN is performed by Phon.
Various artists -- Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A.
Various artists -- Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A.

LP - Lightning Rod Records (LRR25523) - USA, 2014
CD - Lightning Rod Records (LRR25523) - USA, 2014

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. MY HOMETOWN is performed by North Mississippi All-Stars.
Hungry Hearts -- Live In My Hometown
Hungry Hearts -- Live In My Hometown

CD-R - no label (no catalog number) - Italy, 2015

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album, recorded live on 09 Jan 2015 at Inferno Di Dante in Tortona, Italy.
The Waybacks & Friends -- Merlefest Hillside Album Hour 2015: Back In The U.S.A.
The Waybacks & Friends -- Merlefest Hillside Album Hour 2015: Back In The U.S.A.

CD - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2016

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Available Versions

List of available versions of MY HOMETOWN on this website:

MY HOMETOWN [Album version]
MY HOMETOWN [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
MY HOMETOWN [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]

Page last updated: 07 Oct 2017