TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Live 23 Oct 1999 version


[Spoken intro:] Are you listening to me? Are we gonna bring it up? Are you alive out there? Is there anybody really alive out there? Raise them up high! Come on!

We could, we could!

One, two, three, four!

Teardrops on the city
Bad Scooter searching for his groove
Like the whole world walking pretty
You can't find the room to move
Everybody better move over, that's all
Running on the bad side
With my back to the wall, now

(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Say it again!
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)

I was stranded in the jungle
Taking all the heat they were giving
Yeah, now, the night is dark and the sidewalk bright
Lined with the light of the living
From a tenement window a transistor blast
Turn around the corner things got real quiet real fast
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Say it again
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)

Well, I'm all alone, I'm all alone
[Clarence Clemons:] Now, kid, you'd better get the picture!
I'm on my own, I'm on my own
Yeah, and I can't find my way back home, now

Max!

[Spoken:] I need a volunteer, sugar! Security, security!

It's all right (it's all right)
It's all right, now (it's all right, now)
It's all right (it's all right)
Oh, it's all right, now (it's all right, now)
It's all right to have a good time (it's all right to have a good time)
Oh, it's all right to have a good time (it's all right to have a good time)
Ooh, it's all right (it's all right)
It's all right, now (it's all right, now)
It's all right
It's all right, now
It's all right to have a good time (it's all right to have a good time)
Ooh, it's all right to have a good time, now (it's all right to have a good time, now)
Yeah, take me to the river
Wash me in the water
Take me to the river
Wash me in the water
Take me to the river
Oh, wash me in the water
Yeah, take me to the river
And wash me in the water
Come on and take me to the river
Yeah, and wash me in the water
Come on!
I said, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Take me to the river tonight
I said, I want, I said, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Take me to the river tonight
Ah, ba, ba, ba, ba, I said, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Take me to the river tonight

[Spoken:] That's right. That's where I want to go. And I want to be baptized in the hands of the people! I want to find my way to that river. That river of life, and that river of love, and the river of faith, and of hope. The river of sanctification! And the river of transformation! And the river of resurrection! And sexual healing. And companionship. I want to go there tonight and I want you to go with me. Because I need to go with you. That's why we're here. Because you can't get there by yourself! You can try, and everybody tries, there's always that moment in your life when you're running, and you're hiding, but in the end, in the end, no one, you can't get there by yourself. And so I found myself as a young man, I was standing one evening before a dark grove of trees, and I found that I was frightened to pass through those trees to go on to the over side, even though I knew that that's where the river of life, the river of a full life, was waiting, along with cold beer at a reasonable price. But I stood there like a child frightened to pass through the trees, and my legs were like stone, and my arms felt like lead, and I said, "Uh, uh, I'm not going! Man, I'm going to run! 'Cause that's what I know how to do! That's what I'm good at! I understand that! I'm not going!" Because I knew there were responsibilities that waited with that life on the other side, and I couldn't find the courage to face those responsibilities. When as I was about to turn, suddenly I heard a voice through the trees.

A gypsy woman (gypsy woman)
Gypsy woman (gypsy woman)

[Spoken:] And I walked through the trees and she was sitting there. I told her my problems, and she said, "Man, you need help! You can't get through these trees by yourself – they're too deep, they're too dark – what you need, son, is a band!" So I'd like to introduce tonight, the dean of the university of musical perversity, the secretary of intelligence, on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan! Standing with me at the riverside, the secretary of friendship and faith, keeper of all that is righteous on E Street, Silvio, Silvio, star of The Sopranos, Little Stevie on the guitar! Stand with me, brother, at the riverside. The foundation of the E Street nation, southern man, Mr. Garry W. Tallent on the bass. Standing with me at the riverside, the minister of the big beat, the secretary of syncopation, star of late night television, Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums! Are we ready for tonight, with me at the riverside, the secretary of heart and spirit, godfather on the guitar, the great Nils Lofgren! Standing with me at the riverside, the minister of mystery, the secretary of all things unfathomable in this life, brother Dan Federici on the organ and accordion! Standing with me at the riverside... But now, you can't there without love in your life! You can't get there without companionship! I learned a lttle equation, it goes:

Brunettes are fine, blondes are fun
But when it come to getting a dirty job done
It take a
(Red headed woman)
Yeah, man, I'm looking for a
(Red headed woman)
I got to find myself a
(Red headed woman)
Oh, now, I'm searching for a
(Red headed woman)
I said, I've got to have a
(Red headed woman)
Oh, man, I'm looking for a
(Red headed woman)
Sing it, baby!
[Patti Scialfa:] Baby, take a walk in toy land
Be my hero, play the part
I'm falling down hard from salvation
Come protect this china heart
Though my party dress is torn, I still
Walk and talk and cry and crawl
I've got no one on my arm
I am just a rumble doll

[Spoken:] Oh, first lady of love and sweet harmony, Miss Patti Scialfa, standing with me at the riverside on guitar and vocals. Thank you, baby. And, man, that was good! And I looked along the river banks, and I saw a great crowd of people waiting, with their hands high in the air. But there was still something missing. Something essential, something fundamental, something that we couldn't go on without. Something very big. I want to introduce the minister of soul, the secretary of the brotherhood, if nominated, he will not run, if elected, justice and righteousness shall prevail – do I have to say his name? Do I have to say his name? Say who? Say who? Say who? Say who? Say who? Say who? Say who? Say who? Say who? Say who? Say who? Say who?

Well, they made that change uptown
And the Big Man joined the band
From the coastline to the city
The little pretties raise their hand
I'm gonna sit back right easy and laugh
When Scooter and the Big Man bust this city in half

(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Say it again
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
One more time
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
One more time, now
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
La, la, a, la, la, la
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
La, la, la, la, la, la, la
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
La, la, la, la, la, la, la
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
I said, say!
(Tenth Avenue)
Come on, and say
(Tenth Avenue)
Come on, and say
(Tenth Avenue)
Say
(Tenth Avenue)
Come on and say
(Tenth Avenue)
Help me out, C!
(Tenth Avenue)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

Say, it's all right, now!
Oh, yeah, it's all right, now

Say, it's all right (it's all right)
Say, it's all right (it's all right)
Say, it's all right (it's all right)
Say, it's all right (it's all right)
Say, it's all right (it's all right)
Say, it's all right (it's all right)
Say, it's all right, now
I say, it's all right

The E Street Band! The E Street Band! The legendary E Street Band!

Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on! Say amen, somebody!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 23 Oct 1999 performance of TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, during The Reunion Tour. The song was played in a heavily extended full-band version including band introductions and a variety of interpolated songs and song snippets: The Impressions' IT'S ALRIGHT, Stevie Wonder's HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Al Green's TAKE ME TO THE RIVER, and RED HEADED WOMAN.

Ticket stub for the 23 Oct 1999 show at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Ticket stub for the 23 Oct 1999 show at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Handwritten setlist for the 23 Oct 1999 show at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Handwritten setlist for the 23 Oct 1999 show at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT on this website:

TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Album version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Outtake version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 15 Aug 1975 (early show) version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 31 Dec 1975 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 07 Apr 1976 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 07 Aug 1976 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 22 Aug 1976 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 25 Mar 1977 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 19 Sep 1978 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 08 Dec 1978 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 14 Sep 1984 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 17 Sep 1984 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 23 May 1988 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 16 Nov 1990 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 24 Jun 1993 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 05 Apr 1995 (Ed Sullivan Theater) version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 31 Jan 1998 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 15 Mar 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 18 Mar 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 29 May 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 03 Jun 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 11 Jun 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 15 Jun 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 17 Jun 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 24 Jun 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 11 Aug 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 24 Sep 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 23 Oct 1999 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 27 May 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 03 Jun 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 12 Jun 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 17 Jun 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 20 Jun 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 22 Jun 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 29 Jun 2000 / 01 Jul 2000 version]
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 09 Mar 2012 version]

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