RUN, SHAKER LIFE

Live 18 Jan 1971 version


[Spoken intro:] Alright. You people want more, you better show it. I'll make you run for your life right now. Play for me, Stevie. ???.

Oh run, shaker life (run, shake your life)
Shake life eternal (shake life eternal)
Come shake it out of me (shake life out of me)
With all that is carnal (all that is carnal)
I'll be your Moses (I'll be your Moses)
I'll be your David (I'll be your David)
I'll be your Jesus Christ (I'll be your Jesus Christ)
I'll be your savior (I'll be your savior)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)

Oh run, shaker life (run, shake your life)
Shake life eternal (shake life eternal)
Come shake it out of me (come shake life out of me)
With all that is carnal (all that is carnal)
I'll be your Moses (I'll be your Moses)
I'll be your David (I'll be your David)
I'll be your Jesus Christ (I'll be your Jesus Christ)
I'll be your savior (I'll be your savior)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)

Run, shaker life (run, shaker life)
Shake life eternal (shake life eternal)
Come shake it out of me (come shake life out of me)
With all that is carnal (all that is carnal)
I'll be your Moses (I'll be your Moses)
I'll be your David (I'll be your David)
I'll be your Jesus Christ (I'll be your Jesus Christ)
I'll be your savior (I'll be your savior)
Oh yeah
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)

Run, shaker life (run, shaker life)
Shake life eternal (shake life eternal)
Come shake it out of me (come shake life out of me)
With all that is carnal (all that is carnal)
I'll be your Moses (I'll be your Moses)
I'll be your savior (I'll be your savior)
I'll be your Jesus Christ (I'll be your Jesus Christ)
I'll be your savior (I'll be your savior)
I'll be your Jesus Christ (I'll be your Jesus Christ)
I'll be your savior (I'll be your savior)
Oh yeah
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)

Run, shaker life (run, shaker life)
Shake life eternal (shake life eternal)
Come shake it out of me (come shake life out of me)
All that is carnal (all that is carnal)
I'll be your Moses (I'll be your Moses)
I'll be your savior (I'll be your savior)
I'll be your Jesus Christ (I'll be your Jesus Christ)
I'll be your savior (I'll be your savior)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Let me see you all (oh yeah)
Last call (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Oh yeah (oh yeah)
Run, shaker life
Run, shaker life
Run, shake your life
Run, shake your life
Run, shake your life
Run, shake your life
Run, shake your life
Run, shake your life
Run, shake your life
Run, shake your life
Run, shake your life
Run, shake your life
Run, shake your life
Shake life eternal
Come shake it out of me
All that is carnal
All that is evil
All that is painful
???

I just can't
I said I just can't
I said I just can't
I said I just can't make it anymore
Oh I'm dying
Oh I'm ???
Can I squeeze it out
Can I squeeze it out
Can I do it
I want the strength from you
I want the strength from you
I can feel it
I can feel it
I can feel it
I can feel it
I can feel it

Oh alright
Yeah yeah yeah yeah


Info

RUN, SHAKER LIFE 1968 song by Richie Havens. See the original Richie Havens version for more details.

Live 18 Jan 1971 version

The above lyrics are for a live 18 Jan 1971 performance of RUN, SHAKER LIFE at D'Scene in South Amboy, NJ, with Steel Mill.

This was a double-bill show with Steel Mill headlining and Godzilla opening. A very good soundboard recording of the show is in circulation among collectors and is believed to be consist of the entire Steel Mill performance.

Promotional poster for the 18 Jan 1971 show at D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ
Promotional poster for the 18 Jan 1971 show at D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ
(Taken from Lelands)

Live History

RUN, SHAKER LIFE is known to have been performed at least 6 times in Bruce Springsteen's early years (pre-October 1972). Very little is known about shows from this early period, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates.

  1. 20 Nov 1969 Free University, Richmond, VA (with Steel Mill)
  2. 23 May 1970 at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (with Steel Mill)
  3. 17 Jul 1970 at Sunshine In, Asbury Park, NJ (with Steel Mill)
  4. 14 Aug 1970 at 7th And Marshall Street Parking Deck, Richmond, VA (with Steel Mill)
  5. 18 Jan 1971 at D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ (with Steel Mill)
  6. 22 Jan 1971 at The Upstage, Asbury Park, NJ (with Steel Mill)

References

The above info about the live performances is taken from Brucebase.

Request

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Available Versions

List of available versions of RUN, SHAKER LIFE on this website:

RUN, SHAKER LIFE [Live 18 Jan 1971 version]
RUN, SHAKER LIFE [Original Richie Havens version]

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