SEASIDE BAR SONG

Official studio version


(One, two, three, four)

Well, Billy bought a Chevy '40 coupe deluxe
Chrome wheels, stick shift (hey!), give her gas, pop the clutch
Little girls on the corner like a diamond they shine
Someday, Billy, I'm gonna make 'em all mine

Hey girl, you wanna ride in Daddy's Cadillac
Because I love the way your long hair (hey!) falls down your back
Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley at the Seaside Bar
We'll run barefoot in the sand and listen to his guitar

You say your mama's gonna meet you when the morning comes
Yeah, and papa's gonna beat you because he knows you're out on the run
I'm gonna live a life of love and tonight you're the one

The highway is alive tonight so baby do not be frightened
There's something about a pretty girl on a sweet summer night that gets this boy excited
The radio man finally understands and plays you something you can move to
You lay back easy, cut loose your drive power,
your girl leans over, says
"Daddy can you turn that radio up any louder?"

Ah, the juke joints humming, everybody came down
Little Willie and the Soul Brooms (hey!) laying all his stuff down
Well, don't let that daylight steal your soul
Get in your wheels and roll, roll, roll, roll, oh, oh, oh
(Oh-oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh oh oh) Oh that's right now! (Oh-oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh oh oh)
Oh go on, go on, go on! (Oh-oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh oh oh)
(Oh-oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh oh oh)

Oh mama gonna meet you when the morning comes, yeah
And your daddy gonna beat you because he knows you're out on the run
But I don't care, I wanna live a life of love while the night's still young
Alright now!

(Oh-oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh oh oh)
(Oh-oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh oh oh)
(Oh-oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh oh oh)
(Oh-oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh oh oh, oh-oh oh oh, oh)


Info

SEASIDE BAR SONG is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on the Tracks box set in 1998 and the 18 Tracks collection in 1999. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's studio version of SEASIDE BAR SONG as released on Tracks and 18 Tracks.

Composition and Recording

According to Brucebase, SEASIDE BAR SONG was written in late 1972 or early 1973. The song was listed as "Coup Deluxe" on early set lists.

SEASIDE BAR SONG was recorded during the recording sessions of The Wild, The Innocent, And The E Street Shuffle album, which were held at 914 Sound Studio in Blauvelt, NY, between mid-May 1973 and mid-Sept 1973. More specifically, the song was recorded on 28 Jun 1973 according to the Tracks box set liner notes – David Sancious, who's piano and organ are featured on the track, joined the E Street Band on 22 Jun 1973. According to Sony's database of Springsteen recording sessions, SEASIDE BAR SONG was cut on 22 Jun 1973, 26 Jun 1973, 28 Jun 1973, 01 Jul 1973, and 24 Jul 1973 at 914 Sound Studios.

Extra backing vocals and an added count-in (lyrics in bold above) were added on the original mix of the studio version of SEASIDE BAR SONG before it was released on Tracks in 1998. The versions found on earlier bootleg releases lack the extra backing vocals and the added count-in, but include a count-in by Springsteen himself that's omitted on the official release.

Bruce Springsteen sings vocals and plays guitar on this track, and is backed by Danny Federici on organ, glockenspiel, and accordion, Garry Tallent on bass, Vini Lopez on drums, David Sancious on piano and organ, and Clarence Clemons on saxophone. The track was produced by Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos, recorded by Louis Lehav, and mixed by Ed Thacker.

SEASIDE BAR SONG was issued in 1974 on a U.S. 12-inch two-sided acetate for use by Intersong Music, Springsteen's music publishing agency in the UK. The acetate contains six tracks recorded in 1973 but not released on Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. or The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle. Instead, the six songs were used as publishing demos.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band "Intersong Music" acetate (side 1 label)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band "Intersong Music" acetate (side 1 label)

The song was also issued in 1974 on a US 7-inch acetate. The disc was pressed around the same time and for the same purpose as the above-mentioned 12-inch acetate.

Bruce Springsteen "Intersong Music" acetate (side 1 label)
Bruce Springsteen "Intersong Music" acetate (side 1 label)

The lyric "The highway is alive tonight" was later used in THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD.

The Tracks Box Set

In the liner notes of his Tracks box set, Bruce Springsteen introduces the box set as follows:

During long intervals between my record releases, as I was spending more and more time in the studio, when I met a fan out on the street I was often asked, "What are you guys doing in there?" I regularly pondered that question myself.

What we were doing in there was making a lot of music, a lot more music than I could use at any one time. As a result, my albums became a series of choices – what to include, what to leave out? I based my decisions on my creative point of view at the moment – the subject I was trying to focus on, something musical or emotional I was trying to express. In certain instances, as on Darkness on the Edge of Town, Nebraska, and The Ghost of Tom Joad, these choices crystallized the album I was making. On some of my other records the reasons I had for choosing one song over another, in hindsight, feel a good deal less significant. One of the results of working like this was that a lot of music, including some of my favorite things, remained unreleased.

This collection contains everything from the first notes I sang in the Columbia recording studio, my early and later work with the E Street Band, through to my music in the 90s. It's the alternate route to some of the destinations I travelled to on my records, an invitation into the studio on the many nights we spent making music in search of the records we presented to you. I'm glad to finally be able to share this music; here are some of the ones that got away.

- Bruce Springsteen, September 1998

Bruce Springsteen's albums were thematically linked even if they were not strictly concept albums; so some tracks that didn't fit the theme of the album ended up orphaned, not necessarily because they didn't meet his high standards, but because, he says, they didn't fit in with the tone or themes he mined for each set. Many of these unreleased studio outtakes got under the hands of bootleggers. Discussing that issue in 1984, Springsteen told Rolling Stone's Kurt Loder, "We record a lot of material, but we just don't release it all. [...] I always tell myself that some day I'm gonna put an album out with all this stuff on it that didn't fit in. I think there's some good material there that should come out. Maybe at some point, I'll do that."

During a break in The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour, Springsteen thought that "if it's gonna be a year or longer in between records, I have all this music that I know is very good that I never released and I should release some of it whether it was just a CD or something. In that period of time, I should put something out because people would like to have it and I'd like to see it get out." He told Toby Scott (his audio archivist and recording engineer), "send me all the archives, send everything that we recorded". Scott then went to work gathering the potential material from Springsteen's massive audio library (located, along with Sony's sound archives, in the high-tech Iron Mountain facility near Buffalo, NY). "For a week or so," he told Billboard in a Nov 1998 interview, "I just listened to everything that I'd done that we hadn't put out. I made some very brief notes in a notebook, and then I just put it away. It was something that I could do at some point when I get to that place in a new project where I'm not sure how long it's going to take and it would be nice to sort of fill the gap so the fans wouldn't be so long without hearing any music from me".

Springsteen told Mark Hagen in an interview for Mojo magazine published in January 1999, "So it began just with that idea and we listened to about 250 songs, maybe more, I made quick notes in a notebook and put it away. A year went by, more maybe, and I came off the Tom Joad tour and I began to write acoustically again and I wrote about half a record. Then I got stuck and said, 'Well, I'm going to put this aside for a while.' Then I wrote half of an electric record, and hit the same place. So I thought, instead of waiting for another year to put something out I'll put some of this music together. So once again I went back to the archives." According to interview comments made by engineer Toby Scott (Springsteen's audio archivist and recording engineer), it was in February 1998 during solo sessions being conducted at Thrill Hill Recording (Springsteen's home studio) in Colts Neck, NJ, that Springsteen told Scott that the time was right to proceed with the long-anticipated box set of archived, unreleased studio takes. Thrill Hill Recording served as the main operational center for all Tracks project activities. Note that the "Thrill Hill Recording" name is used for whatever home studio Springsteen is recording at, whether it's in Rumson, NJ, Colts, NJ, or Beverly Hills, CA.

Springsteen told Billboard that the songs were culled from between 200 and 300 tunes. According to Toby Scott, the number was down to about 128 songs by late June 1998. It was then narrowed down yet again in July to about 100 songs that were prepped for the Tracks release. Although the project was originally projected to be a 6-disc set, there was a commercial decision made later in the summer to reduce the size of the release to a 4-disc (66-track) set. The package was delivered to Sony in mid-September in order to facilitate the mid-November 1998 release schedule.

Unreleased songs from the Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ sessions were not included on the box set due to ongoing and still-unresolved court proceedings involving most of these unreleased 1972 recordings. The court battle wasn't resolved until in 2001 (April 2001 in the UK and June 2001 in the U.S.), and those recordings are now free for release at any time. The opening four tracks of the box set – which were culled from Springsteen's 03 May 1972 Columbia Records audition – were not part of the court proceedings.

The Tracks box set was released on Columbia Records on 10 Nov 1998, issued on both compact disc and audio cassette formats. It's a 4-disc (or 4-cassette) set consisting of a total of 66 tracks (almost 4.5 hours long), 10 of which were heretofore unavailable single B-sides, 6 were demos and alternate versions of already-released material, and 50 (48 studio and 2 live) were never-before-released songs recorded during the sessions for Springsteen's many albums. Some tracks were treated with a recent touch-up here or there to give the older recordings a fresh polish.

  • Disc 1 consists of material from 1972 to 1980, including Springsteen's very first Columbia Records audition for legendary A & R executive John Hammond. This disc also features additional songs most of which recorded for (but never released on) Springsteen's first four albums.
  • Disc 2 consists of material from 1979 to 1983, taken primarily from the recording sessions of The River, Nebraska, and Born In The U.S.A.. Springsteen describes this disc as "almost the completely other album from 'The River'."
  • Disc 3 consists of material from 1982 to 1987, taken primarily from the recording sessions of Born In The U.S.A. and Tunnel Of Love.
  • Disc 4 consists of material from 1989 to 1998, taken primarily from the recording sessions of Human Touch.
Bruce Springsteen -- Tracks
Bruce Springsteen -- Tracks

Disc 1 (CD format):

1.MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSASRecorded on 03 May 1972 at CBS Studios, New York City, NY
2.IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITYRecorded on 03 May 1972 at CBS Studios, New York City, NY
3.GROWIN' UPRecorded on 03 May 1972 at CBS Studios, New York City, NY
4.DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET?Recorded on 03 May 1972 at CBS Studios, New York City, NY
5.BISHOP DANCEDRecorded live on 31 Jan 1973 at Max's Kansas City, New York City, NY
6.SANTA ANARecorded on 28 Jun 1973 at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY
7.SEASIDE BAR SONGRecorded on 28 Jun 1973 at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY
8.ZERO AND BLIND TERRYRecorded on 28 Jun 1973 at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY
9.LINDA LET ME BE THE ONERecorded on 28 Jun 1975 at The Record Plant, New York City, NY
10.THUNDERCRACKRecorded on 28 Jun 1973 at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY
11.RENDEZVOUSRecorded live on 31 Dec 1980 at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
12.GIVE THE GIRL A KISSRecorded on 10 Nov 1977 at The Record Plant, New York City, NY
13.ICEMANRecorded on 27 Oct 1977 at The Record Plant, New York City, NY
14.BRING ON THE NIGHTRecorded on 13 Jun 1979 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
15.SO YOUNG AND IN LOVERecorded on 06 Jan 1978 at The Record Plant, New York City, NY
16.HEARTS OF STONERecorded on 14 Oct 1977 at The Record Plant, New York City, NY
17.DON'T LOOK BACKRecorded on 02 Jul 1977 at The Record Plant, New York City, NY

Disc 2 (CD format):

1.RESTLESS NIGHTSRecorded on 11 Apr 1980 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
2.A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND (PITTSBURGH)Recorded on 05 May 1982 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
3.ROULETTERecorded on 03 Apr 1978 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
4.DOLLHOUSERecorded on 21 Aug 1979 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
5.WHERE THE BANDS ARERecorded on 09 Oct 1979 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
6.LOOSE ENDSRecorded on 18 Jul 1979 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
7.LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLDRecorded on 07 Dec 1979 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
8.WAGES OF SINRecorded on 10 May 1982 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
9.TAKE 'EM AS THEY COMERecorded on 10 Apr 1980 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
10.BE TRUERecorded on 21 Jul 1979 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
11.RICKY WANTS A MAN OF HER OWNRecorded on 16 Jul 1979 at The Record Plant, New York City, NY
12.I WANNA BE WITH YOURecorded on 31 May 1979 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
13.MARY LOURecorded on 30 May 1979 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
14.STOLEN CARRecorded on 26 Jul 1979 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
15.BORN IN THE U.S.A.Recorded in January 1983 at Thrill Hill Recording, Colts Neck, NJ
16.JOHNNY BYE-BYERecorded in January 1983 at Thrill Hill Recording, Beverly Hills, CA
17.SHUT OUT THE LIGHTRecorded in January 1983 at Thrill Hill Recording

Disc 3 (CD format):

1.CYNTHIARecorded on 20 Apr 1983 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
2.MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWNRecorded on 05 May 1982 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
3.THIS HARD LANDRecorded on 11 May 1982 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
4.FRANKIERecorded on 14 May 1982 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
5.TV MOVIERecorded on 13 Jun 1983 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
6.STAND ON ITRecorded on 16 Jun 1983 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
7.LION'S DENRecorded on 25 Jan 1982 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
8.CAR WASHRecorded on 31 May 1983 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
9.ROCKAWAY THE DAYSRecorded on 03 Feb 1984 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
10.BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGES ('83)Recorded on 04 Sep 1983 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
11.MAN AT THE TOPRecorded on 12 Jan 1984 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
12.PINK CADILLACRecorded on 31 May 1983 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
13.TWO FOR THE ROADRecorded in February 1987 at Thrill Hill Recording, Colts Neck, NJ
14.JANEY DON'T YOU LOSE HEARTRecorded on 16 Jun 1983 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
15.WHEN YOU NEED MERecorded on 10 Jan 1987 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
16.THE WISHRecorded on 22 Feb 1987 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
17.THE HONEYMOONERSRecorded on 22 Feb 1987 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
18.LUCKY MANRecorded on 04 Apr 1987 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY

Disc 4 (CD format):

1.LEAVIN' TRAINRecorded on 27 Feb 1990 at Oceanway Studios, Los Angeles, CA
2.SEVEN ANGELSRecorded on 29 Jun 1990 at Oceanway Studios, Los Angeles, CA
3.GAVE IT A NAMERecorded on 24 Aug 1998 at Thrill Hill Recording, Colts Neck, NJ
4.SAD EYESRecorded on 25 Jan 1990 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA
5.MY LOVER MANRecorded on 04 Dec 1990 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA
6.OVER THE RISERecorded on 07 Dec 1990 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA
7.WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUTRecorded on 06 Dec 1990 at The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA
8.LOOSE CHANGERecorded on 31 Jan 1991 at Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA
9.TROUBLE IN PARADISERecorded on 01 Dec 1989 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA
10.HAPPYRecorded on 18 Jan 1992 at A & M Studios, Los Angeles, CA
11.PART MAN, PART MONKEYRecorded in January 1990 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA
12.GOIN' CALIRecorded on 29 Jan 1991 at A & M Studios, Los Angeles, CA
13.BACK IN YOUR ARMSRecorded on 12 Jan 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
14.BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGERecorded on 22 May 1995 at Thrill Hill Recording, Beverly Hills, CA

18 Tracks

18 Tracks is a Bruce Springsteen compilation album released on Columbia Records in 1999. The album compiles 15 tracks from the Tracks box set, plus 3 previously unreleased recordings. The collection release was intended for the more casual fans who didn't purchase the pricey 4-disc box set. It also served the purpose as a promotional tie-in for the E Street Band's The Reunion Tour that was announced at the same time of the sampler's release.

Bruce Springsteen -- 18 Tracks
Bruce Springsteen -- 18 Tracks

18 Tracks was released on 13 Apr 1999 on Columbia Records. It features 18 Springsteen compositions and clocks at 71:12. The album was released on CD, cassette tape, MiniDisc, and vinyl.

1.GROWIN' UPRecorded on 03 May 1972 at CBS Studios, New York City, NY
2.SEASIDE BAR SONGRecorded on 28 Jun 1973 at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY
3.RENDEZVOUSRecorded live on 31 Dec 1980 at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
4.HEARTS OF STONERecorded on 14 Oct 1977 at Record Plant, New York City, NY
5.WHERE THE BANDS ARERecorded on 09 Oct 1979 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
6.LOOSE ENDSRecorded on 18 Jul 1979 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
7.I WANNA BE WITH YOURecorded on 31 May 1979at The Power Station, New York City, NY
8.BORN IN THE U.S.A.Recorded in January 1982 at Thrill Hill Recording, Colts Neck, NJ
9.MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWNRecorded on 05 May 1982 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
10.LION'S DENRecorded on 25 Jan 1982 at The Power Station, New York City, NY
11.PINK CADILLACRecorded on 31 May 1983 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
12.JANEY DON'T YOU LOSE HEARTRecorded on 16 Jun 1983 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
13.SAD EYESRecorded on 25 Jan 1990 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA
14.PART MAN, PART MONKEYRecorded in January 1990 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA
15.TROUBLE RIVERRecorded on 06 Apr 1990 at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA
16.BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGERecorded on 22 May 1995 at Thrill Hill Recording, Beverly Hills, CA
17.THE FEVERRecorded on 16 May 1973 at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY
18.THE PROMISERecorded on 12 Feb 1999 at Thrill Hill Recording, Colts Neck, NJ

Unofficial Releases

A slightly different mix of the studio version of SEASIDE BAR SONG (but same recording) was released on the briefly-legal albums The Early Years (Early Records) and Unearthed (Masquerade Music, both issues). See PRODIGAL SON for more details.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Early Years (Early Records)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Early Years (Early Records)
Bruce Springsteen -- Unearthed (Masquerade Music, first issue)
Bruce Springsteen -- Unearthed (Masquerade Music, first issue)
Bruce Springsteen -- Unearthed (Masquerade Music, second issue)
Bruce Springsteen -- Unearthed (Masquerade Music, second issue)

Bootleg Releases

Before its release on the above albums, a slightly different mix of the studio version of SEASIDE BAR SONG (but same recording) has been circulating on some bootlegs, including Fire On The Fingertips (LP, unknown label), Forgotten Songs (Traveling Productions), and The Unsurpassed Springsteen Volume 5 (Yellow Dog Records).

Bruce Springsteen -- Fire On The Fingertips (LP, unknown label)
Bruce Springsteen -- Fire On The Fingertips (LP, unknown label)
Bruce Springsteen -- Forgotten Songs (Traveling Productions)
Bruce Springsteen -- Forgotten Songs (Traveling Productions)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Unsurpassed Springsteen Volume 5 (Yellow Dog Records)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Unsurpassed Springsteen Volume 5 (Yellow Dog Records)

Live History: on-tour

SEASIDE BAR SONG is known to have been performed at least once during the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour (October 1972 to September 1973). Many of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour.

  1. 13 Jun 1973 at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY

In preparation for the Magic Tour, SEASIDE BAR SONG is known to have been practiced during at least one of the private rehearsals that took place in September 2007 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's first leg.

  1. 18 Sep 2007 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)

SEASIDE BAR SONG was performed once during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009), on 13 Oct 2009 in Philadelphia, PA. The song featured Curt Ramm on trumpet.

  1. 13 Oct 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

SEASIDE BAR SONG was performed 6 times during the Wrecking Ball Tour (133 dates, March 2012 to September 2013).

  1. 28 Mar 2012 at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
  2. 01 Apr 2012 at Verizon Center, Washington, DC
  3. 23 Jul 2012 at Koengen, Bergen, Norway
  4. 23 Oct 2012 at John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
  5. 01 Nov 2012 at Penn State University, University Park, PA
  6. 26 May 2013 at Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany

Live History: off-tour

SEASIDE BAR SONG was performed during all five 2003 Asbury Park holiday shows and all three 2003 Asbury Park holiday shows. These concerts were billed as "Bruce Springsteen with The Max Weinberg 7 and Friends", with The Max Weinberg 7 serving as the house band, and Springsteen bringing guests on and off the stage throughout the shows.

  1. 03 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  2. 04 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  3. 06 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  4. 07 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  5. 08 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  6. 05 Dec 2003 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  7. 07 Dec 2003 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  8. 08 Dec 2003 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ

SEASIDE BAR SONG 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.

SEASIDE BAR SONG was performed off-tour on 12 Dec 2006 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during "The Bobby Bandiera All Star Holiday Concert".

  1. 19 Dec 2004 (early show) at Harry's Roadhouse, Asbury Park, NJ
  2. 19 Dec 2004 (late show) at Harry's Roadhouse, Asbury Park, NJ
  3. 12 Dec 2006 at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

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. SEASIDE BAR SONG was performed at 3 of these fundraisers, always at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, and backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band.

  1. 10 Apr 2005 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (during a private fundraiser for Rumson Country Day School)
  2. 02 May 2006 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (during a private fundraiser for Rumson Country Day School)
  3. 17 Sep 2006 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (during a private fundraiser for Ranney School)

Covers

Very few artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's SEASIDE BAR SONG.

Little Bob Story -- Come See Me
Little Bob Story -- Come See Me

LP - RCA (PL 37217) - France, 1978

See Little Bob Story's cover version for more details.
Fred Gorhau -- Before The Fame
Fred Gorhau -- Before The Fame

MC - Pony Express Records (C-0949) - USA, 1995

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album containing covers of 15 early songs. As Fred Gorhau told this website, he was "hired for the weekend to record everything".
Various artists -- Mod City
Various artists -- Mod City

CD - Angel Air Records (SJPCD 097) - UK, 2003

SEASIDE BAR SONG is performed by Tich Turner.

References

Some of the above info about the studio recording and the live performances is taken from Brucebase. Scan and info for the 7-inch Intersong acetate is taken from the Lost In The Flood website.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of SEASIDE BAR SONG on this website:

SEASIDE BAR SONG [Official studio version]
SEASIDE BAR SONG [Little Bob Story's cover version]

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