MY HOMETOWN

Live 29 Jun 2000 version


I was eight years old 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, say son take a good look around
This is your hometown
It's your hometown
Your hometown
It's 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
Yeah to my hometown
Well to my hometown
My hometown
Yeah to my hometown

Now Main Street's whitewashed windows, vacant stores
Seems like there ain't nobody wanna come down here no more
Well they're closing down the textile mill 'cross the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back
To your hometown
Yeah to your hometown
Your hometown
Yeah to 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, said son take a good look around
This is your hometown


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 29 Jun 2000 performance of MY HOMETOWN at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during The Reunion Tour. The song was played in a full-band arrangement. It was officially released on the Live 2-track promo single. See the "Official Releases" section below for more details.

The 29 Jun 2000 Show

The 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, was the ninth of ten consecutive shows at the arena that concluded The Reunion Tour. Some of this show aired as part of HBO's Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live In New York City TV special and more was subsequently included on the Live In New York City album and home video in 2001.

Ticket stub for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Ticket stub for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

  1. CODE OF SILENCE
  2. DON'T LOOK BACK
  3. THE TIES THAT BIND
  4. TWO HEARTS
  5. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  6. MANSION ON THE HILL
  7. MY HOMETOWN
  8. AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS)
  9. THE PROMISED LAND
  10. YOUNGSTOWN
  11. MURDER INCORPORATED
  12. BADLANDS
  13. OUT IN THE STREET
  14. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  15. ANOTHER THIN LINE
  16. THE PROMISE
  17. JUNGLELAND
  18. LIGHT OF DAY
  19. THIS HARD LAND
  20. BORN TO RUN
  21. GROWIN' UP
  22. THUNDER ROAD
  23. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND
  24. LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS

Official Releases

The live 29 Jun 2000 version of MY HOMETOWN was released on Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live, a 2-track promo CD single given away exclusively with copies of the Live In New York City DVD and containing two otherwise unavailable live recordings from the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden. The track was also included on a very rare Columbia Records "in-house" promo CD-R.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live

CD single - Columbia (SAMP 2402) - Australia, 2001

Austrian pressing for the European market.

01- MY HOMETOWN [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
02- THIS HARD LAND [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live

CD single - Columbia (SAMPCS 10881) - Austria, 2001

Austrian pressing for the European market.

01- MY HOMETOWN [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
02- THIS HARD LAND [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live

CD single - Columbia (SAMPCS 10881) - Japan, 2001

As opposed to the rest of the world, the Japanese version of this single was not made available with the Live In New York City DVD in Japan. Instead, the Japanese DVD merely contained a coupon for a competition entry to win copies.

01- MY HOMETOWN [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
02- THIS HARD LAND [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live

CD single - Columbia (CSK 56656) - USA, 2001

01- MY HOMETOWN [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
02- THIS HARD LAND [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Bonus Tracks
Bruce Springsteen -- Bonus Tracks

CD-R EP - Columbia (no catalog number) - USA, 2001

Promo CD-R EP given exclusively to some very few top executives at Columbia Records. See I'LL STAND BY YOU ALWAYS for more info.

01- I'LL STAND BY YOU ALWAYS
02- MY HOMETOWN [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
03- THIS HARD LAND [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]

Credits

Thanks Massimo Truchet for the Japanese single scan.

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]

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