OUT IN THE STREET

Album version


Put on your best dress baby and, darling, fix your hair up right
'Cause there's a party, honey, way down beneath the neon lights
All day you've been working that hard line
Now tonight you're gonna have a good time

I work five days a week, girl, loading crates down on the dock
I take my hard earned money and meet my girl down on the block
And Monday when the foreman calls time
I've already got Friday on my mind

When that whistle blows, girl, I'm down the street
I'm home, I'm out of my work clothes
When I'm out in the street, oh oh oh oh oh, I walk the way I wanna walk
When I'm out in the street, oh oh oh oh oh, I talk the way I wanna talk
When I'm out in the street, when I'm out in the street

Oh oh, oh

When I'm out in the street, girl, well I never feel alone
When I'm out in the street, girl, in the crowd I feel at home
The black and whites they cruise by
And they watch us from the corner of their eye

But there ain't no doubt, girl, down here
We ain't gonna take what they're handing out
When I'm out in the street, oh oh oh oh oh, I walk the way I wanna walk
When I'm out in the street, oh oh oh oh oh, I talk the way I wanna talk
Baby, out in the street I don't feel sad or blue
Baby, out in the street I'll be waiting for you

When the whistle blows, girl, I'm down the street
I'm home, I'm out of my work clothes
When I'm out in the street, oh oh oh oh oh, I walk the way I wanna walk
When I'm out in the street, oh oh oh oh oh, I talk the way I wanna talk
When I'm out in the street, oh oh oh oh oh, pretty girls, they're all passing by
When I'm out in the street, oh oh oh oh oh, from the corner we give them the eye

Baby, out in the street I just feel all right
Meet me out in the street, little girl, tonight
Go!
Meet me out in the street, meet me out in the street

Whoa oh whoa oh oh oh oh

Now meet me out in the street
Now meet me out in the street
Now meet me out in the street
Meet me out in the street
Oh darling out in the street
Meet me out in the street
Oh meet me out in the street
Meet me out in the street
Oh darling out in the street


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Info

OUT IN THE STREET is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1980 album The River. The above lyrics are for Springsteen's album version of OUT IN THE STREET as released in 1980.

The album version of OUT IN THE STREET was included on The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition) compilation album.

Composition and Recording

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The River

Bruce Springsteen wrapped up the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour on the first day of 1979. For the next few months, he altered between composing and practicing solo demos at his home in Holmdel, NJ (between January and June 1979), rehearsing with the band at his Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ (between March and May 1979), and recording in studio at The Power Station in New York City, NY (from March to late August 1979).

By the end of August, enough quality material had been recorded at The Power Station, and it was looking like an album might be released in Christmas 1979. A title, "The Ties That Bind", and tracks were selected and wheels put in motion to produce artwork for the cover. Around September, at least ten tracks were mixed to completion. On 04 Oct 1979, the ten selected tracks were dubbed to two half-track reel-to-reel tapes at The Power Station, and labeled "side one" and "side two". The producer was Jon Landau and the engineers were Neil Dorfsman and Bob Clearmountain. These selected tracks were as follows:


Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #1, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #1, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #2, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #2, front)

Mock covers with "The Ties That Bind" title were roughed out early in the planning. The cover shot was to be a picture of Bruce Springsteen in front of a barn, with the back cover being a shot of his face behind a screen door. In late September 1979, and for reasons never fully explained, The Ties That Bind album was scrapped as Springsteen's writing process continued.

A second phase of recording sessions was scheduled. Again, for the next few months, Springsteen altered between composing and practicing solo demos at his home in Holmdel, NJ (between September 1979 and February 1980), rehearsing with the band at his Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ (between September 1979 and February 1980), and recording in studio at The Power Station in New York City, NY (from October 1979 to June 1980).

The combined sessions from March 1979 to June 1980 produced the double album The River that was eventually released in October 1980. The studio sessions to some extent extended into August 1980 due to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's involvement in the recording of Gary U.S. Bonds' album Dedication, which was released April 1981).

Bruce Springsteen -- The River
Bruce Springsteen -- The River

The album features 20 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 83:47. It was produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, and Steven Van Zandt, engineered by Neil Dorfsman, and mixed by Bob Clearmountain, Chuck Plotkin, and Toby Scott. Track list:

According to recording engineer Neil Dorfsman, about 50 songs were recorded to a completed state during The River sessions. 20 were released on The River and 14 were released as B-sides and on official compilations. 14 songs are circulating via the unofficial route, but the majority of them are poor recordings of band rehearsals at the Telegraph Hill Road property, though it is likely that most of them exist as completed takes from The Power Station.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen

The Essential Bruce Springsteen is a compilation album released as part of Sony BMG'S (previously Sony Music Entertainment) series of "Essential" sets. According to Springsteen's liner notes comments, the collection was intended as an introduction to his music for new fans who attended shows on The Rising Tour.

The collection is fundamentally a 2-disc set (clocking at 153:37) compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Live In New York City release. A 3-disc limited edition (clocking at 201:04) was also released. It includes a bonus third disc comprising of a selection of rarities and previously unreleased recordings.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was released on 11 Nov 2003 on Columbia Records. It debuted and peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart where it spent 13 weeks. It also reached #28 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was awarded certified gold and platinum records by the RIAA on 16 Dec 2003.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was reissued on 16 Oct 2015, this time as a 2-disc set (clocking at 156:25) with an updated track list, compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Greatest Hits (1995 edition) collection. This 2015 reissue features remastered tracks not found in that form on other Springsteen releases.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)

Other Official Releases

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Other versions of RAMROD were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
The live 05 Nov 1980 version of OUT IN THE STREET was released on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980
The live 31 Dec 1980 version of OUT IN THE STREET was released on the Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey 1984
The live 05 Aug 1984 version of OUT IN THE STREET was released on the Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey 1984 official live download in 2015.

Live History

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Appearance in Movies

Bruce Springsteen's album version of OUT IN THE STREET appear in one movie.

Promotional poster for the film "Reign Over Me"
It was used in the 2007 film Reign Over Me, directed by Mike Binder and starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. The song was not included in the film's soundtrack album.

Reign Over Me uses two Bruce Springsteen songs: DRIVE ALL NIGHT and OUT IN THE STREET.

Covers

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References

Some of the above info about the studio recording and the live performances is taken from Brucebase.

Available Versions

List of available versions of OUT IN THE STREET on this website:

OUT IN THE STREET [Album version]
OUT IN THE STREET [Live 05 Nov 1980 version]

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