Official studio version
I had a dream our love would last forever
I had a dream last night, she had a dream too
She'll be there tonight
If I'm down then she'll make me feel right
Haven't I told you, girl, how much I like you
I got a feeling that you like me too
So if you hold me tight
We'll be riders, girl, on the night
We deserve so much more than this, girl
I'm riding on the power and living on the promise in your last kiss
Because I had a dream our love would last forever
I had a dream, tonight she had a dream too
So come on hold me tight
We'll be riders, girl, on the night
Ooohh, ooohh, ooohh, rendezvous, I want to rendezvous
I want to rendez-, I want to rendez-, I want to rendezvous, I want a rendezvous
RENDEZVOUS is a song written by Bruce Springsteen. It was originally recorded during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town sessions. The song was officially released for the first time in a live version on the Tracks box set in 1998. See the live 31 Dec 1980 version for more details.
A studio version of RENDEZVOUS was released in November 2010 on The Promise, an album of previously-unreleased songs from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions. The above lyrics are for that officially released studio version of the song.
RENDEZVOUS was donated to The Greg Kihn Band for their 1979 album With The Naked Eye. See The Greg Kihn Band's cover version for more details. Gary U.S. Bonds also recorded the song for his 1982 album On The Line. See Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version for more details.
Before the release of The Promise in 2010, one unofficial studio take of RENDEZVOUS was in circulation among collectors (see the unofficial studio version for more details). It was cut during the early stages of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions, in June 1977 at Atlantic Studios in New York City, NY. It's a complete take but the circulating audio is marred by vocal drop-out during the first verse. In a 1978 interview Springsteen said that the song was kept off the album because it didn't fit thematically. A live version was released on the Tracks box set which may indicate that he wasn't satisfied with the available studio versions. And what supports that position is that the version officially released on The Promise in 2010 has modern vocals and a completely different arrangement than the previously circulating Darkness On The Edge Of Town sessions outtake. Some believe that the production on the new version of RENDEZVOUS sounds closer to that of the "power pop" material recorded during The River sessions.
In the handwritten lyrics notebook that was reproduced in The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, there are reproductions of two demo tape inlays listing RENDEZVOUS. One contains tracks recorded at Atlantic Studios and dated 01 Jun 1977 (below scan left) and one titled "Bruce Springsteen - Ruffs" and dated June 1977 (below scan right).
The Promise is a Bruce Springsteen album that was released on 16 Nov 2010 as part of The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, and separately as a 2-CD set. The album was also issued on a limited edition 3-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl.
The Promise is a collection of 22 previously-unreleased songs from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions. Depending on their level of completion back in 1977-1978, some were only remastered, some were overdubbed with 2010 vocals or music, and some were completely re-recorded in 2010. The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain.
Disc 1 (2-CD format):
Disc 2 (2-CD format):
Other versions of RENDEZVOUS were also officially released.
Despite the marvelous reception received by both Born To Run and the tour which followed, the relationship between Bruce Springsteen and his now former manager and producer Mike Appel was deteriorating. In July 1976 the storm broke; Mike Appel wrote to Springsteen saying that he would not allow Jon Landau (Springsteen's friend and co-producer of Born To Run) to produce the next album, citing a particular paragraph from their original agreement. Bruce replied on 27 Jul 1976 by firing manager Mike Appel and suing him and his management company Laurel Canyon Ltd. in Federal Court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, breach of trust, and undue influence. Appel countersued on 29 Jul 1976 in New York State Supreme Court, asking the court to prohibit Springsteen and Jon Landau from working together in studio. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band were slated to enter the studio that year for the recording of a new album, except that on 15 Sep 1976 the judge in the lawsuits case ruled that Springsteen was enjoined from any further recording with Columbia Records until Appel's suit was resolved. This would drag for about a year. Meanwhile, Springsteen continued gigging, and in the process broke his self-imposed rule of not playing the larger arenas. This was basically because he was not able to put a record out, and it was the only way his fans would be able to hear him at all. The tour became known as the "Lawsuit Tour".
RENDEZVOUS is known to have been performed at least 43 times during the Lawsuit Tour: 27 times during the 1st leg (29 known dates, between August and November 1976) and 16 times during the 2nd leg (33 known dates, between February and March 1977). Some of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates during the Lawsuit Tour; it may have been a stable number during the 1st leg.
RENDEZVOUS is known to have been performed at least 7 times during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour (111 dates, May 1978 to January 1979), all in the tour's last three weeks. A few setlists from that period are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, but that's unlikely.
RENDEZVOUS is known to have been performed at least 3 times during The River Tour (138 dates, October 1980 to September 1981), all in December 1980. A few setlists from that period are incomplete, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during The River Tour, but that's unlikely. The live 31 Dec 1980 version of RENDEZVOUS was officially released on the Tracks box set in 1998.
RENDEZVOUS was performed 23 times during what is known as The Reunion Tour (132 dates, April 1999 to July 2000).
RENDEZVOUS was performed once during The Rising Tour (120 dates, August 2002 to October 2003), on 03 Oct 2003 in New York City, NY.
In preparation for the Magic Tour, RENDEZVOUS was performed during at least one of the private rehearsals that took place in February 2008 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's second U.S. leg.
RENDEZVOUS was performed 3 times during the Magic Tour (100 dates, October 2007 to August 2008). The song was always played by sign request.
RENDEZVOUS was performed 4 times during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009).
RENDEZVOUS was performed twice during the Wrecking Ball Tour (133 dates, March 2012 to September 2013).
RENDEZVOUS was performed off-tour on 12 May 1977 at Monmouth Arts Center in Red Bank, NJ, with The Asbury Park All-Star Revue.
RENDEZVOUS was performed off-tour on 19 Dec 2004 at Harry's Roadhouse in Asbury Park, NJ, during both holiday jam shows that took place that day.
Between 2002 and 2011, Bruce Springsteen played private benefit shows for schools and colleges that his kids attended — Rumson Country Day School of Rumson, NJ, and Ranney School of Tinton Falls, NJ, and Boston College of Chestnut Hill, MA. RENDEZVOUS was performed at 6 of these fundraisers, always at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, and backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band.
On 17 Oct 1978, Bruce Springsteen made a guest appearance with The Knack during their gig at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. Later, The Knack's drummer Bruce Gary asked Springsteen for songs they might use in their live shows. He offered them two unreleased numbers, RENDEZVOUS and DON'T LOOK BACK. The band then recorded the second and released it in 1979.
Very few artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's RENDEZVOUS, most notably The Greg Kihn Band and Gary U.S. Bonds. See The Greg Kihn Band's cover version and Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version for more details.
List of available versions of RENDEZVOUS on this website:RENDEZVOUS [Official studio version]