RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE

Live 29 Apr 1981 version


I thought it was a nightmare
But it was so true
Now you better not walking slow
The devil's on the loose

Better run through this jungle
Better run through this jungle
Better run through this jungle

I thought I heard a rumble
And someone call my name
Two hundred million guns are loaded
Satan cries, "Take aim"

Better run through this jungle
Better run through this jungle
Better run through this jungle

Well over on the mountain
???
He cried, "Let the people seek my wisdom,
Fill this land with smoke"

Better run through this jungle
Better run through ???
Better run through ???
And don't look back ???

Me and Robert Williams
Out on Route Line 3
Last night they dragged him out of his house
And shot him in the street

Better run through this jungle
Better run through this jungle
Better run through this jungle
Baby don't look back

Well now the land's on fire
It's written in blood in the sky
Men they load shotguns out of the truck
The city's burning tonight

Mary wake up, look out your window
I see the tide is turning
'Cause out across the cornfield tonight
I see crosses burning

Better run through this jungle
Better run through this jungle, woah!
Better run through this jungle
Don't look back

I thought it was a nightmare
But it was the truth


Info

RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE is a song originally released by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1970. See the original Creedence Clearwater Revival version for more details.

Live 29 Apr 1981 Version

The above lyrics are for the live 29 Apr 1981 version of RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE at Sportpaleis Ahoy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, during The River Tour. The song was the show opener and was played in a rearranged slower version extended with three Springsteen-penned verses. See the "Springsteen's Verses" section below for more details.

Ticket stub for the 29 Apr 1981 show at Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ticket stub for the 29 Apr 1981 show at Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Pass for the 29 Apr 1981 show at Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Pass for the 29 Apr 1981 show at Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Springsteen's Verses

During The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen used the chorus and the three verses (verse 1, verse 2, and verse 3 below) from the original Creedence Clearwater Revival version, and he added two or three more verses that he wrote. The chorus and the six verses are:

Chorus:Better run through the jungle
Better run through the jungle
Better run through the jungle
Whoa don't look back to see
(from the original Creedence Clearwater Revival version)

Verse 1:Whoa thought it was a nightmare
Lord it was so true
They told me don't go walking slow
The devil's on the loose
(from the original Creedence Clearwater Revival version)

Verse 2:Thought I heard a rumbling
Calling to my name
Two hundred million guns are loaded
Satan cries, "Take aim"
(from the original Creedence Clearwater Revival version)

Verse 3:Over on the mountain
Thunder magic spoke
"Let the people know my wisdom,
Fill the land with smoke"
(from the original Creedence Clearwater Revival version)

Verse 4:Now me and Robert Williams
We were out on Route Line 3
Well last night they pulled him out of his house
And shot him in the street
(example take from the live 08 May 1981 version)

Verse 5:Now baby the land's on fire
It's written in blood in the sky
Men pulling shotguns out of the truck
The city's on fire tonight
(example take from the live 08 May 1981 version)

Verse 6:Baby look out your window
Can't you see the tide's turning
Out across the cornfield
I see something burning
(example take from the live 08 May 1981 version)

When Springsteen performed RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE during The River Tour (see the "Live History" section below), he followed the following sequences:

  • Live 20 Apr 1981 version: "verse 1 / chorus / verse 2 / chorus / verse 3 / chorus / verse 4 / chorus / verse 5 / verse 6 / chorus / verse 1 (partial)"
  • Live 03 May 1981 version: "verse 1 / chorus / verse 2 / chorus / verse 3 / chorus / verse 5 / verse 5 / chorus / verse 1 (partial)"
  • Live 08 May 1981 version: "verse 1 / chorus / verse 2 / chorus / verse 3 / chorus / verse 4 / chorus / verse 5 / verse 6 / chorus / verse 1 (partial)"

The lyrics "Well last night they pulled him out of his house / And shot him in the street" would later be used in THEY KILLED HIM IN THE STREET ("They took him from his house and killed him in the street") and BELLS OF SAN SALVADOR ("Well they took him from his house / killed him in the street").

Live History

RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE was performed at least 3 times during The River Tour (138 dates, October 1980 to September 1981). On this tour, the song was the show opener and was played in a rearranged slower version extended with two or three Springsteen-penned verses.

Credits

Thanks Pete Russell (Peteadmin at Brucebase) for the lyrics correction.

Request

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Available Versions

List of available versions of RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE on this website:

RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE [Live 29 Apr 1981 version]
RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE [Live 03 May 1981 version]
RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE [Live 08 May 1981 version]
RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE [Original Creedence Clearwater Revival version]

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