SELL IT AND THEY WILL COME

Live 19 Apr 1996 version


[Spoken intro:] Gee, I got a, I got a question for you. Do you have those late-night infomercials on, where, you know, there's a, a bunch of Americans in little shorts trying to get you to do push-ups? Yeah (chuckles). I mean, that's unfortunately been imported over here. Uh, did you ever hear of a guy named Tony Little? (no response from the crowd) Oh fuck this song, I can't do that (chuckles). Now, it's sort of, you see, it's, it's this sort of really stupid song about TV commercials (chuckles). Hey, you know, oh shit, alright (chuckles). Ok. Well... alright, I'm gonna do it (chuckles). (cheers) Ah, no, don't, don't applaud it, it, it, it, it may just be ridiculous, alright (chuckles). I, I can't tell, I don't know... you know, I really... oh shit, oh, I got myself into it, alright. Hm, I forget how to play it (chuckles) (Bruce hums) I figured I haven't played it in a while, why I wanna play it now? (Bruce hums again) ah, I got it, alright, here we go (cheers) (chuckles). I, I wouldn't get too excited about it yet, it may, it just may make absolutely no sense, I can't (chuckles). Alright.

Well I fell asleep on the couch last night, and I woke up with the TV on
[Spoken:] It's going pretty good so far. (chuckles)
There was a woman in tight cotton exercise shorts and a big plastic machine she was climbing on
She said "The Abacycle guarantees ten inches off your waist, you lose 50 pounds in just 3 minutes a day"
Well I went to bed knowing the revolution had been postponed and everything was ok

You can try it, you can buy it, it'll help you in bed, but don't be fooled folks, there's only one
I forget that guy's name but somebody said "Sell it and they will come, boys just sell it and they will come"

Well I switched the channels and there was Evel Kenievel, I thought that he was dead
I found myself sitting there quietly, hanging on each and every word that he said
And he said "Now folks, the Stimulator guarantees to remove all pain from your life, and the best day of your life will be when you try this little device out"
The camera moved in as he said, "Let me tell you ladies and gentlemen, pain's something old Evel knows a little bit about"

You can try it, you can buy it, it'll help you in bed, but don't be fooled folks, there's only one
I forget that guy's name but somebody said "Sell it and they will come, boys just sell it and they will come"

Well a fellow comes on shouting "Free haircuts for life!", somehow you cut your hair with your vacuum cleaner
[Spoken:] They actually sell that in the States.
And then I switched channels and there was Dionne Warwick, communing with her psychic friends
I watched for hours, taking warmth, comfort, and pleasure in things that I despise
Touched by how much they needed me and my thirty nine ninety five

You can try it, you can buy it, it'll help you in bed, but don't be fooled folks, there's only one
I forget that guy's name but somebody said "Sell it and they will come, boys sell it and they will come"

So Dionne, Cher, and all my late-night friends, well I drink to your health
And Tony Little, America's personal trainer, please kill yourself
Now I've sold a few things myself in my time, and by the way folks, there's some t-shirts on your way outside
Well last night I dreamed of lipstick and tight little cotton shorts, "Harder, faster", she breathed, "One, two, three, four, five", ride Sally ride, girl ride Sally ride

You can try it, you can buy it, it'll help you in bed, but don't be fooled folks, there's only one
I forget that guy's name but somebody said "Sell it and they will come, boys sell it and they will come"

[Spoken outro:] I told you (chuckles). Yeah, oh man. Yeah we uh, we cover all aspects of American culture in the course of the evening (chuckles).


Info

SELL IT AND THEY WILL COME is an unreleased song written by Bruce Springsteen. He performed it live in 1996 during The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour. The song is a humorous anti-commercialism song that Springsteen seems to have written solely to bring some levity to the acoustic shows of The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour.

Live 19 Sep 1996 version

The above lyrics are for the live 19 Apr 1996 performance of SELL IT AND THEY WILL COME at ICC Berlin Saal 1 in Berlin, Germany, during The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour. The song was played solo on acoustic guitar and harmonica.

Ticket stub for the 19 Apr 1996 show at ICC Berlin Saal 1, Berlin, Germany
Ticket stub for the 19 Apr 1996 show at ICC Berlin Saal 1, Berlin, Germany

Live History

SELL IT AND THEY WILL COME was performed 36 times during The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour (128 dates, November 1995 to May 1997), all in 1996. On this tour, the song was played solo on acoustic guitar and harmonica.

  1. 10 Jan 1996 at Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
  2. 11 Jan 1996 at Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
  3. 12 Jan 1996 at Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, OH
  4. 16 Jan 1996 at Cleveland Music Hall, Cleveland, OH
  5. 17 Jan 1996 at Cleveland Music Hall, Cleveland, OH
  6. 18 Jan 1996 at Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
  7. 22 Jan 1996 at Saenger Performing Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
  8. 23 Jan 1996 at Jesse H. Jones Hall For The Performing Arts, Houston, TX
  9. 25 Jan 1996 at Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX
  10. 26 Jan 1996 at Bronco Bowl, Dallas, TX
  11. 28 Jan 1996 at Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
  12. 17 Feb 1996 at Congress Centrum Hamburg Halle 1, Hamburg, Germany
  13. 18 Feb 1996 at Phillipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
  14. 25 Feb 1996 at De Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  15. 28 Feb 1996 at Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England
  16. 29 Feb 1996 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
  17. 02 Mar 1996 at Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, England
  18. 13 Mar 1996 at Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden
  19. 19 Apr 1996 at ICC Berlin Saal 1, Berlin, Germany
  20. 22 Apr 1996 at Royal Albert Hall, London, England
  21. 16 Sep 1996 at Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  22. 18 Sep 1996 at Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
  23. 19 Sep 1996 at Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI
  24. 24 Sep 1996 at James W. Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
  25. 02 Oct 1996 at Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI
  26. 03 Oct 1996 at Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
  27. 15 Oct 1996 at Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
  28. 16 Oct 1996 at Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
  29. 19 Oct 1996 at Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM
  30. 21 Oct 1996 at Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, Tempe, AZ
  31. 22 Oct 1996 at Civic Theatre, San Diego, CA
  32. 28 Oct 1996 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
  33. 12 Nov 1996 at Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
  34. 20 Nov 1996 at The Louisville Palace, Louisville, KY
  35. 03 Dec 1996 at Sunrise Musical Theatre, Sunrise, FL
  36. 06 Dec 1996 at Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Concert Hall, Birmingham, AL

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's SELL IT AND THEY WILL COME.

Available Versions

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SELL IT AND THEY WILL COME [Live 19 Apr 1996 version]

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