POINT BLANK

Live 15 Dec 1978 version


[Spoken intro:] This is uh... You think everything's all right and you wake up and find out you've been shot point blank.

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

Well they shot you point blank
They shot you in the back, baby, point blank
You been fooled this time, little girl, that's a fact, point blank
Right between the eyes, they got you point blank
Right between the pretty lies that they sell
And there's nothing you can do about it, baby

They fed you and they raised you, how fast you learned
That all those pretty little things that baby sees, baby has to earn
So you worked your hands down to the bone till they drove you half price
And still that pretty little things that baby wants, she can never have

'Cause they got you point blank
Whoa 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, they got you point blank
Yeah right between the pretty lies that they sell

Day turns to night time and the night turns to day
And all, all of your hopes and your promises somehow they just fade away
Till they've got you, they got you good, holding your number and just try to stay alive
But don't you know girl that no one survives
Baby unhurt no one survives, untouched no one survives
No whoa whoa

Eyes filled with anger, hearts filled with hate
You see their faces on the street and you just turn away, but baby it's too late
You hear them crying to you in the night
Oh you hear them knocking at your door, there's no sleep for baby tonight
And so you stumble out into the morning searching for your usual fix
But girl them old distractions, man, they just don't give the kicks they used to
So you go home and pack your pistol, you go out looking for someone
But girl can't you see they got you caught in the middle, you don't know where to aim your gun

Oh baby aim it point blank
Right between their eyes, baby point blank
Right between the pretty lies that they sell, point blank
They got you in their sights, point blank
One false move and baby the lights go out
They've got you in their sights, point blank
One false move and baby the lights go out, baby point blank
One false move, and baby the lights go out, point blank
One false move, just one false move, girl
They've got you in their sights, baby point blank
One false move, and baby the lights go out


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 15 Dec 1978 performance of POINT BLANK at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour.

The 15 Dec 1978 Show

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed two concerts at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, on 15 and 16 Dec 1978. The 15 Dec 1978 concert was broadcast live on local radio station KSAN-FM.

Promotional poster for the 15 and 16 Dec 1978 shows at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Promotional poster for the 15 and 16 Dec 1978 shows at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Ticket stub for the 15 Dec 1978 show at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Ticket stub for the 15 Dec 1978 show at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
(Taken from Brucebase)

  1. BADLANDS
  2. STREETS OF FIRE
  3. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  5. FACTORY
  6. THE PROMISED LAND
  7. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  8. RACING IN THE STREET
  9. THUNDER ROAD
  10. JUNGLELAND
  11. THE TIES THAT BIND
  12. SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN
  13. THE FEVER
  14. FIRE
  15. CANDY'S ROOM
  16. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  17. POINT BLANK
  18. SHE'S THE ONE
  19. BACKSTREETS
  20. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  21. BORN TO RUN
  22. DETROIT MEDLEY
  23. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  24. RAISE YOUR HAND
  25. QUARTER TO THREE
  26. TWIST AND SHOUT

Notes: TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT, RAISE YOUR HAND, and QUARTER TO THREE were not part of the radio broadcast, but they are on the soundboard tapes that circulate among fans. TWIST AND SHOUT remains unconfirmed – a fan who was present recalls with a certain degree of certainty that when the show was over and the stage was cleared, Springsteen and the band returned some minutes later to perform one more song for of those who remained.

The 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom 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 -- Winterland Night 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978

3xCD - Leftfield Media (LFM3CD532) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978

3xCD - Echoes (ECHO3CD2001) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978

4xLP - Echoes (ECHO4LP2001) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume One
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume One

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV257LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 1 of three of the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Two
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Two

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV258LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 2 of three of the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Three
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Three

LP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV259LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 3 of three of the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978

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

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
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.

References

Some of the above info about the 15 Dec 1978 show is taken from Brucebase.

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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