SWEET MELINDA

Live 23 Jan 1971 version


Sweet, sweet Melinda
You turn my heart to a cinder
The way you do them things that you do

Ohhh, oh Melinda, hm!
If the Pope knew you were such a sinner
He'd be on his way, flight TWA today

I call my baby on the telephone
Come on, my mama's gone, I'm all alone
Good ol' Melinda, sure can make a man smile
Ooh, oh-ee baby, now you're drivin' me wild

Oh sweet, sweet Melinda
Oh you turn my heart to a cinder, oh yeah
Oh the way you do them things that you do

Alright, let me talkin' to you!

I call my woman on the telephone
She said, "Come on, my mama's gone, and I'm alone"
Oh no Melinda never leave a man stuck
All the gang told me the way (all the gang told him)

Sweet, sweet Melinda, alright!
You turn my heart to a cinder
The way you do them things that you do
Alright, alright, alright, alright, ohhh! (Everybody!)

Sweet, sweet Melinda
You know, you know it hurts
(You turn my heart to a cinder)
The way you do them things that you do


Info

SWEET MELINDA is an unreleased song written by Bruce Springsteen. He performed it live with Steel Mill between late 1969 and early 1971.

Live 23 Jan 1971 version

The above lyrics are for the live 23 Jan 1971 performance of SWEET MELINDA at The Upstage in Asbury Park, NJ. The lyrics between parentheses are sung buy another band member whose voice is very high in the mix. It's most probably co-vocalist Robbin Thompson. An incomplete, but very good quality soundboard recording from the 23 Jan 1971 show circulates among collectors. The audio encompasses only three songs, culled from early in the set and may possibly be the show's opening three numbers. This 23 Jan 1971 show was the last-ever by Steel Mill.


Live History

SWEET MELINDA is known to have been performed at least 5 times in Bruce Springsteen's early years (pre-October 1972). Very little is known about shows from this early period, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates.

  1. 20 Nov 1969 Free University, Richmond, VA (with Steel Mill)
  2. 28 Feb 1970 at Free University, Richmond, VA (with Steel Mill)
  3. 18 Apr 1970 at Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ (with Steel Mill)
  4. 23 May 1970 at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (with Steel Mill)
  5. 23 Jan 1971 at The Upstage, Asbury Park, NJ (with Steel Mill)

Credits / References

Thanks Audio2575 for the lyrics help. The above info about the live performances is taken from Brucebase.

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