TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT

Live 29 Jun 2000 / 01 Jul 2000 version


[01 Jul 2000 part:]

[Spoken intro:] You got to let 'em hear you in Jersey, man! Is there anybody really alive?

One, two, three!

One, two!

Teardrops on the city
Bad Scooter searching for his groove
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, mama!
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)

I was stranded in the jungle
Taking all the heat they were giving
Cry now, the night is dark and the sidewalk's bright
And lined with the light of the living
From a tenement window a transistor blasts
Turn around the corner things got real quiet real fast
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Say it again
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Come on!

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
Oh, and I can't find my way back home, now
Say!

Elvis is alive!

Come on, C!
Miss Holly!
Hey, Steve!
Come on, Steve!
Hey, Red! Come on sweetie!
Come on, baby!
Come on. I got ???
Mam!
Thank you band, thank you. Thank you very much darling, thank you.

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)
Yeah, it's all right, now (it's all right, now)
It's all right to have a good time

[29 Jun 2000 part:]

(It's all right to have a good time)
Yeah, it's all right to have a good time (it's all right to have a good time)
Oh, 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
Wash me in the water
Take me to the river
Wash me in the water
I said, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, take me to the river tonight
I said, I want you to, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, take me to (the river tonight)
I said, I've got to say, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Take me to the river tonight

[Spoken:] That's right. That's where I want to go tonight. I want to go to that riverside! I want to find that river of life! I want to find that river of love! I want to find that river of faith! And that river of hope! Tonight I want to go to that river of transformation where you can go and you can be changed, but you got to work at it. That's right. I want to got to that river to sanctification where all life's graces and blessings can fall down upon you like rain, but you've got to work at it. I want to got, I want to go to that river or resurrection where everybody gets a second chance, but you've got to work at it. Tonight I want to go to that river of sexual healing and companionship. I want to find that river of joy and that river of happiness. I'm not bullshitting back here! But you just don't stumble onto those things, you don't find those places by accident. You've got to seek them out and search after them. And that's why we're here night after night after night after night because you can't get to those things by yourself. You got to have help. But that's where I want to go tonight and I want you to go with me. Because I need to go with you. That's why I'm here. And tonight I want to throw a rock and roll exorcism! A rock and roll baptism! And a rock and roll bar mitzvah! That's right, we're gonna do it all tonight, everything, right here. I want them waters to fall down on me and set me free, set you free. But I stood one evening as a young man before a dark grove of trees, and I was frightened to pass through those trees even though I knew that on the other side the river of life was waiting. And there was cold beer at a reasonable price, and there were no fucking cellphones either. Pizza for everybody. But I stood paralyzed by my own fears. And then a gypsy woman called me onward, and she said, "Son, come here, let me help you. What you need... What's your line?" And I told her what, what I did for a living, and then she said, "Well, then what you need is, you need a band. You need some help." And that's why I'm so glad to introduce here tonight on the piano, the secretary of intelligence, the dean of the university of musical perversity, Professor Roy Bittan on the piano! And now I want to introduce the minister of faith and friendship, keeper of all that is righteous on E Street, and star of the Sopranos television show, Little Steven Van Zandt on the guitar! I want to introduce the foundation of the E Street nation, the Tennessee Terror, Mister Garry W. Tallent! And on the drums, the man that bring the power night after night after night after night, the minister of the big beat and star of late night television, the mighty, mighty Max Weinberg! On the guitar, the godfather of the guitar, the minister of heart and spirit, the great, great, Nils Lofgren! And on the organ, on the Hammond B3 organ and accordion, hailing from Flemington, New Jersey, the minister of mystery, brother Dan Federici!

Well, now, and now, and now, brunettes are fine, and blondes are fun
But when it comes to getting a dirty job done
It takes a (red headed woman)
Yeah, I said, I'm looking for a (red headed woman)
I'm searching for my baby (red headed woman)
I'm begging, baby, please (red headed woman)
I'm down upon knees (red headed woman)
In supplication (red headed woman)
In sexification (red headed woman)
In the love education (red headed woman)
Come on!

[Patti Scialfa:] Baby, take a walk in toy land
[Patti Scialfa:] Be my hero play the part
[Patti Scialfa:] I'm falling down hard from salvation
[Patti Scialfa:] Come protect this china heart
[Patti Scialfa:] Though my party dress is torn
[Patti Scialfa:] I still walk and talk and cry and crawl
[Patti Scialfa:] I've got no one on my arm
[Patti Scialfa:] I am just a rumble doll

Whoa!

[Spoken:] The first lady of love on the guitar and vocals, Miss Patti Scialfa! Now, last but not least! That's right, last but not least! I'm talking about the minister of soul, secretary of the brotherhood, the next senator from the state of New York. Do I have to say his name? (No) Do I have to say his name? (No) Say who? (Clarence) Say who? (Clarence) Say who? (Clarence) Say who? (Clarence) Say who? (Clarence) Say who? (Clarence) Say who? (Clarence) Say who? (Clarence) Say who? (Clarence) Say who? (Clarence)

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, hey!

(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Say it again!
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
One more time!
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Say it again!
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Everybody form a line
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Everybody form a line
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Everybody form a line, now
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
Come on, help me out, C!
(Tenth Avenue freeze-out)
I said say, (yeah), say, (yeah), say, (yeah), say, (yeah), say, (yeah), say, (yeah), say, (yeah), say, (yeah), hey, (yeah), hey, (yeah), hey, (yeah), hey, (yeah), say, (yeah), say, (yeah)

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

And it's all right, (it's all right)
It's all right, (it's all right)
It's all right, (it's all right)
It's all right, (it's all right)
It's all right, (it's all right)
It's all right, (it's all right)
Say it's alright, now, (it's all right)
Say it's all, say it's all right

[Spoken:] The E Street Band! The E Street Band! The heart-stopping, earth-shocking, earth-quaking, heartbreaking, air-conditioner-shaking, history-making, legendary E Street Band!

Right to you!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, say amen, somebody!

[Spoken outro:] Yes, indeed.


Info

The above lyrics are for a mix of the live 29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 performances of TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during The Reunion Tour. The first part (indicated above) is from the 29 Jun 2000 show and the second part (indicated above) is from the 01 Jul 2000 show. These were the tour's final two dates. 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, Al Green's TAKE ME TO THE RIVER, RED HEADED WOMAN, and Patti Scialfa's RUMBLE DOLL.

Pass for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Pass for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
(Taken from Brucebase)
Handwritten setlist for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Ticket stub for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Ticket stub for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

Ticket stub for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Ticket stub for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
(Taken from Brucebase)
Pass for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Pass for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

This mix of the live 29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 performances of TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT was part of the 2001 HBO special (read below), and was subsequently released in 2001 on Live In New York City, both the album and the home video. The parts in red are edited out on the Live In New York City album, but are kept on the home video release.

Bruce Springsteen performing TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT during the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY (from the "Live In New York City" DVD)
Bruce Springsteen performing TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT during the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY (from the "Live In New York City" DVD)

Live In New York City

The Reunion Tour wrapped up with a ten-night stand at Madison Square Gardens in New York City, between 12 June and 01 July 2000. Footage from the last three nights (27 Jun, 29 Jun, and 01 Jul 2000) was used in early 2001 for HBO's Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live In New York City TV special. Running at 90 minutes, the film consisted of a 14-song selection from the last two nights (29 Jun and 01 Jul 2000). It first aired on 07 Apr 2001 and was the first ever major televised Bruce Springsteen concert.

In 2001, HBO received six Emmy Award nominations and won two for their acclaimed film.

  • Nominee for "Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program"
  • Winner of "Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multicamera) for VMC Programming"
  • Nominee for "Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special"
  • Nominee for "Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special"
  • Winner of "Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special"
  • Nominee for "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special"

The full HBO broadcast was released on Live In New York City, both the album (released on 03 Apr 2001) and the home video (released on 06 Nov 2001). The album includes 6 bonus tracks (20 in all) and the home video includes an additional 5 plus one audio track that plays over the end credits (26 in all). These bonus tracks are taken from all three filmed nights (27 Jun, 29 Jun, and 01 Jul 2000) and were not part of the HBO broadcast.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live In New York City (album)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live In New York City (album)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live In New York City (DVD)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live In New York City (DVD)

Disc 1:

  1. MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN [01 Jul 2000]
  2. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT [01 Jul 2000]
  3. TWO HEARTS [01 Jul 2000]
  4. ATLANTIC CITY [01 Jul 2000]
  5. MANSION ON THE HILL [01 Jul 2000]
  6. THE RIVER [01 Jul 2000]
  7. YOUNGSTOWN [29 Jun 2000]
  8. MURDER INCORPORATED [01 Jul 2000]
  9. BADLANDS [29 Jun 2000]
  10. OUT IN THE STREET [01 Jul 2000]
  11. BORN TO RUN [01 Jul 2000]

Disc 2:

  1. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  2. LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS [01 Jul 2000]
  3. AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [01 Jul 2000]
  4. LOST IN THE FLOOD [01 Jul 2000]
  5. BORN IN THE U.S.A. [01 Jul 2000]
  6. DON'T LOOK BACK [29 Jun 2000]
  7. JUNGLELAND [29 Jun 2000]
  8. RAMROD [01 Jul 2000]
  9. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]

Disc 1 (original HBO broadcast):

  1. Crowd noise audio over program start
  2. MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN [01 Jul 2000]
  3. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT [01 Jul 2000]
  4. TWO HEARTS [01 Jul 2000]
  5. ATLANTIC CITY [01 Jul 2000]
  6. MANSION ON THE HILL [01 Jul 2000]
  7. THE RIVER [01 Jul 2000]
  8. YOUNGSTOWN [29 Jun 2000]
  9. MURDER INCORPORATED [01 Jul 2000]
  10. BADLANDS [29 Jun 2000]
  11. OUT IN THE STREET [01 Jul 2000]
  12. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  13. BORN TO RUN [01 Jul 2000]
  14. LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS [01 Jul 2000]
  15. AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [01 Jul 2000]
    AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) audio snippet over closing credits [01 Jul 2000]

Disc 1 (New York City Serenade featurette):

  • Interview with Bob Costas [unknown date]
  • BADLANDS snippet [29 Jun 2000]
  • PROVE IT ALL NIGHT snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • LIGHT OF DAY snippet [29 Jun 2000]
  • TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD snippet [rehearsal]
  • THE TIES THAT BIND snippet [29 Jun 2000]
  • ADAM RAISED A CAIN snippet [27 Jun 2000]
  • MURDER INCORPORATED snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • BACK IN YOUR ARMS snippet [27 Jun 2000]
  • BORN TO RUN snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • THE PROMISED LAND snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • BLOOD BROTHERS snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • BLOOD BROTHERS audio snippet over closing credits [01 Jul 2000]

Disc 2 (bonus tracks):

  1. Crowd noise audio over program start [unknown date]
  2. BACKSTREETS [01 Jul 2000]
  3. DON'T LOOK BACK [29 Jun 2000]
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN [29 Jun 2000]
  5. LOST IN THE FLOOD [01 Jul 2000]
  6. BORN IN THE U.S.A. [01 Jul 2000]
  7. JUNGLELAND [29 Jun 2000]
  8. LIGHT OF DAY [29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  9. THE PROMISE [01 Jul 2000]
  10. THUNDER ROAD [27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  11. RAMROD [01 Jul 2000]
  12. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  13. THE E STREET SHUFFLE (audio only playing over closing credits) [01 Jul 2000]
  1. MY HOMETOWN [29 Jun 2000]
  2. THIS HARD LAND [29 Jun 2000]
  • The Live In New York City album was released on CD, Super Audio CD, and vinyl. The home video was released on DVD and VHS.
  • Last three (not two) nights of The Reunion Tour (27 Jun 2000, 29 Jun 2000, and 01 Jul 2000) and a rehearsal were filmed.
  • Jonathan Demme reportedly directed an unreleased video of AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) during a pre-show rehearsal on 26 Jun 2000 at Madison Square Garden. Therefore, the rehearsal footage used in the Live In New York City home video most probably took place on 26 Jun 2000 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY.
  • THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD snippet on the featurette is definitely from the rehearsal since it was not played on any of the three nights (27 Jun 2000, 29 Jun 2000, and 01 Jul 2000). What also supports this is the lack of audience shots/noise and camera flashes on the footage.
  • TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT is a mix of 29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000.
  • THUNDER ROAD is a mix of 27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000.
  • IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND from the Live In New York City DVD is a mix from the 27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 shows.
  • The credits at the end of disc 2 of the Live In New York City DVD state that footage from only the last two nights (29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000) was used. However, as mentioned above, THUNDER ROAD and IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND contain portions from the 27 Jun 2000 show.
  • The audio playing over the New York City Serenade featurette closing credits is the beginning of BLOOD BROTHERS, looped on itself over and over again, with no vocals but with crowd noise added. The music is the same as the version of that song that appears earlier in the featurette, which was recorded on 01 Jul 2000, so the audio snippet is most probably taken from that version.

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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