POINT BLANK

Live 07 Jul 1978 version


[Spoken intro:] This next song is a new song. Uh... nah, it's newer than that. This is uh... this is a song I wrote I guess it was uh... didn't make it, didn't make it on Darkness. I wrote it right after I finished the... that album. And uh... this is a song about, uh... it's called "Point Blank". It's a song about being trapped. It's like, you know... Some friends of mine are working two jobs a day, her husband is working two jobs a day. And uh... they're trying to take her house away and... It's a song about being trapped and not being able to get out... Two, three.

You say your prayers little darling and go to sleep tonight
Pray that come tomorrow everything will be alright
But tomorrow's fall in number, in number one by one
Look up girl, you're dying, you don't even know what from

Well baby point blank
Right between the eyes, they got you point blank
Right between them pretty lies that they sell
Right between the eyes, baby point blank
Right between them pretty lies that they tell

They fed you and they raised you and then one day you learned
All the things that baby wants, baby has to earn
So you work all day until you're broke at bed
And then all them pretty things you like, well you will never have

'Cause darling, pint blank
They shot you from behind, baby point blank
Well the joke's on you, they got you girl this time
They've got you in their sights, baby point blank
One false move and baby the lights go out

Day turns to night time and night turns to day
There's no time, no time for the living, all things just fade away
But you go on and you run, you keep your place, your number, you run for your life
But baby no one survives
Untouched no one survives, untouched no one survives
No whoa whoa whoa

Hearts full of anger, eyes filled with hate
You see them on the street, you try to turn your eyes away but little girl, this time it's too late
You hear their voices at night as you lock the door
There'll be no sleep tonight for baby she don't believe them lies anymore
And she stumbles into the morning trying for her usual fix
But baby them old distractions they just ain't got the kicks no more
And so you pack your pistol and you go out looking for someone
But just, just stuck in the middle, girl you don't know where to aim the gun

They got you caught, point blank
They've got you in their sights, baby point blank
One false move and baby the lights go out, (point blank)
Yeah right between the eyes, baby point blank
Right between them pretty lies that they tell, point blank
They've got you in their sights, baby point blank
One false move and baby the lights go out, point blank
Right between the eyes, whoa whoa point blank
Right between them pretty lies that they sell, point blank
Point blank, point blank
Right between them pretty lies that they sell, point blank
They've got you in their sights, baby point blank
One false move, baby the lights go out


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 07 Jul 1978 performance of POINT BLANK at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour.

The 07 Jul 1978 Show

The 07 Jul 1978 concert at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA, was originally broadcast live on the now-defunct local radio station KMET-FM, and later became one of the main source concerts for the Live/1975-85 box set which includes eight recordings from this show.

  1. RAVE ON
  2. BADLANDS
  3. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  5. CANDY'S ROOM
  6. FOR YOU
  7. POINT BLANK
  8. THE PROMISED LAND
  9. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  10. RACING IN THE STREET
  11. THUNDER ROAD
  12. PARADISE BY THE "C"
  13. FIRE
  14. ADAM RAISED A CAIN
  15. MONA - SHE'S THE ONE
  16. GROWIN' UP
  17. IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY
  18. BACKSTREETS
  19. HEARTBREAK HOTEL
  20. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  21. INDEPENDENCE DAY
  22. BORN TO RUN
  23. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  24. RAISE YOUR HAND
  25. TWIST AND SHOUT

The 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood July 7, 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood July 7, 1978

3xCD - Rox Vox (RV3CD1001) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood July 7, 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood July 7, 1978

4xLP - Rox Vox (RV4LP1001) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Roxy Night 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Roxy Night 1978

3xCD - Leftfield Media (LFM3CD534) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen -- 1978 Roxy Night Volume 1
Bruce Springsteen -- 1978 Roxy Night Volume 1

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV386LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 1 of two of the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen -- 1978 Roxy Night Volume 2
Bruce Springsteen -- 1978 Roxy Night Volume 2

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV387LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 2 of two of the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Roxy 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Roxy 1978

Digital album - Lilith Records (no catalog number) - UK, 2016

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts

15xCD - Sound Stage (SSCDBOX10) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 09 Aug 1978 broadcast from The Agora, the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre, the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre, the 30 Sep 1978 broadcast from Fox Theatre, and the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.

Available Versions

List of available versions of POINT BLANK on this website:

POINT BLANK [Album version]
POINT BLANK [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
POINT BLANK [Live 19 Sep 1978 version]
POINT BLANK [Live 30 Sep 1978 version]
POINT BLANK [Live 15 Dec 1978 version]
POINT BLANK [Live 28 Oct 1995 version]
POINT BLANK [Live 03 Jul 2009 version]
POINT BLANK [Live 13 Apr 2012 version]

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