SECRET TO THE BLUES

Live 31 May 1973 (Richmond Coliseum) version


Well here it's just a Thursday night, you're ??? sitting in the seat all alone, save me somebody wherever ???
And now you're feeling kind of tired but you're not tired enough to go on home, go home, no you're not
So sit back and be loose, it's the secret to the blues

Well now Funky Chicken on the bass, ??? on the keys, yeah yeah
Yeah when Big Man plays the saxophone, them teenyboppers fall right to their knees
So sit and be cool, it's the secret to the blues

A little bass, come on!

So it's a Thursday night, and now you're sitting in that seat all alone
And you're feeling kind of tired but not tired enough to go on home
So sit back and be loose 'cause it's the secret to the blues

Right now, one more time

So sit back and be loose 'cause it's the secret to the blues
So sit back and be loose, it's the secret to the blues
So sit back and be loose, it's the secret to the blues


Info

SECRET TO THE THE BLUES is a song written by Bruce Springsteen. He performed it live in 1973 with The E Street Band.

[P_JUSTIFY]According to Brucebase, SECRET TO THE BLUES was written in early 1973. No studio recording of the song is known to exist. The song evolved from THE BAND'S JUST BOPPING THE BLUES, which was performed with The Bruce Springsteen Band in 1971 and 1972.

Live 31 May 1973 (Richmond Coliseum) version

The above lyrics are for the live 31 May 1973 performance of SECRET TO THE BLUES at Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, VA.

This was a double-bill show, with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band opening for headliners Chicago. This was Springsteen's second of thirteen consecutive shows opening for Chicago. A fair quality four-song/35-minute audience recording from the last half of Springsteen's set is in circulation among collectors.

Promotional ad for the 31 May 1973 show at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
Promotional ad for the 31 May 1973 show at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
(Taken from Brucebase)
Ticket stub for the 31 May 1973 show at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
Ticket stub for the 31 May 1973 show at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
(Taken from Brucebase)

Live History

SECRET TO THE BLUES is known to have been performed at least 3 times during what is considered 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. 03 Jan 1973 at The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA
  2. 31 May 1973 at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
  3. 13 Jun 1973 at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's SECRET TO THE BLUES.

References

Much of the above info about the song's live history and the Student Prince recording is taken from Brucebase.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of SECRET TO THE BLUES on this website:

SECRET TO THE BLUES [Live 31 May 1973 (Richmond Coliseum) version]
SECRET TO THE BLUES [Live 13 Jun 1973 version]

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