THE E STREET SHUFFLE

Live 18 Nov 1975 version


Bam!

[Spoken:] So, uh, how's things going over here in England and stuff, huh? All right? (laughs) This is the first time--I've never been here before. It's, it's, it's the first time. It's fun. Heh. You know, on... And, uh... On the eighth day, it must have been that day... He looked down on a bunch of drunks in this bar... And, uh... Steven looked down on a bunch of drunks in this bar on the eighth day, and, and with a wave of his hand, he said:

Sparks light on E Street where the boy prophets walk it handsome and hot
And the little girls' souls grow weak when the man-child hits 'em with a double shot
Yeah, them schoolboy pops pull out all the stops on a Friday night
Hey!
And them teenage tramps in skin-tight pants do the E Street dance
And it's all right, yes (it's all right)
Well, the people out there dancin' or hooked up in a scuffle
Dressed in snake-skin suits packed with
[Clarence Clemons:] East Coast muscle
It is, it is, he's doin', they're dancin', they're dancin' the E Street Shuffle
And time!

Now those E Street brats in twilight duel like flashlight phantoms in full star stream
Down, running down the road
[laughs]
Down fire trails on summer nights chasing little blonde girls pledged forever sweet sixteen
Power Thirteen said it's been bad since he gave a trooper everything he had in a late summer scuffle
And Power's girl, Little Angel, she's still out there on the corner tryin' to keep them crazy boys
out of trouble
Little Angel dance the shuffle like she's got no brains
She's deaf in combat, she's a killer, she's a murderess
She's the queen
Way down on Lover's Lane
Hey, Steven!
Play it, Steven!

And I said, hey, everybody (hey, everybody)
Everybody form a line
Hey, baby (hey, baby)
Whoa, everybody form a line
One time

Sparks light on E Street where the boy-prophets walk it handsome and hot
And the little ones' souls grow weak when the man-child snips 'em with the double shot
Little Angel works down at Easy Joe's, it's a joint where all the riot squad goes when they're
checkin' in on the hustle
And them kids are still on the corner
Got the same faces and the same old places
And them summer nights turn into summer dreams
Little Angel picks up Power and he slips on his jeans
And he puts on some shoes and his shirt, and he steps outside, he looks up and down the street,
because pretty soon, it's all gonna be gone
And he moves on down to the scene
He's...

All by himself
All by himself
All by himself
Havin' a party (havin' a party)
Sha, la, la, la, la, la
Sha, la, la
La, la, la, la, lee
All by himself
Yeah, walkin' past the drug store, tryin' out, tryin', tryin' on the sunglasses in the drugstore
Lookin' in the mirror because... He's got, he's got the mirror... Just to check out and see...
Just once, there's just one...

Havin' a party (havin' a party)
Havin' a party (havin' a party)
Sittin' on a bench
Downtown (havin' a party)
Sittin' on a bench downtown, oh (havin' a party)
All night long
Sittin' on a bench
The saxophone

Sittin' on a bench
Havin' a party

All night long


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 18 Nov 1975 performance of THE E STREET SHUFFLE at Hammersmith Odeon in London, England, during the Born To Run Tour. The song was performed in a slow full-band arrangement and concluded with a snippet of Sam Cooke's HAVING A PARTY. The complete 18 Nov 1975 show was released on Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 album and home video in 2005.

Bruce Springsteen performing THE E STREET SHUFFLE during the 18 Nov 1975 show at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England (from the "Hammersmith Odeon, London '75" DVD)
Bruce Springsteen performing THE E STREET SHUFFLE during the 18 Nov 1975 show at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England (from the "Hammersmith Odeon, London '75" DVD)

Hammersmith Odeon, London '75

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's 18 Nov 1975 show at Hammersmith Odeon in London, England, was one of their most mysterious, most hyped, and most disparaged performances ever. "For me, the set went by like a freight train," Springsteen wrote. "Later, all I remembered is an awkward record company party, that 'what just happened?' feeling, and thinking we hadn't played that well. I was wrong."

Promotional poster for the 18 and 24 Nov 1975 shows at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
Promotional poster for the 18 and 24 Nov 1975 shows at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
(Taken from Rock Explosion)
Ticket stub for the 18 Nov 1975 show at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
Ticket stub for the 18 Nov 1975 show at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
(Taken from Brucebase)

The complete concert was captured on 16 mm film and recorded on 24-track. It is also known that this show was initially going to be broadcast on radio (either live or delayed) but Mike Appel, Springsteen's manager at the time, backed out at the last minute as he felt that Bruce's mood at the time would not lead to a particularly good show.

The film remained largely untouched for nearly 30 years. "Lost in my private Idaho, I'd paid no attention to it. I never looked at it... for thirty years," Springsteen wrote. "At the end of the Rising tour, I became interested in checking out film of the early part of my work." Read complete liner notes below.

Emmy Award Winner Thom Zimny received the 16 mm negatives along with the 24-track recording. His production team painstakingly cleaned the original negatives and digitally restored the footage, ultimately presenting this indispensable concert in vibrant color and detail. Producer Bob Clearmountain remastered and remixed the DVD in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Zimny has worked with Springsteen on several projects, including editing the Live In New York City, Live In Barcelona, and VH1 Storytellers films. Clearmountain is the legendary mixer who has often collaborated with Springsteen over the last 25 years, most famously on the Born In The U.S.A. album.

The complete 18 Nov 1975 show was released in November 2005 on the Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 DVD, as part of the "30th Anniversary Edition" of the Born To Run album. Audio for the concert was released on a 2-CD set under the same title in February 2006.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (album cover art)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (album cover art)

Liner notes from the Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 DVD and CD:

In 1975, we stepped of the plane into the land of our mythic heroes. A London, that was yet to see it's first McDonalds's, that was still wrasslin' with making good cheeseburger and that seemed very foreign and exotic to a bunch of provincial Jersey Shore beach bums and musicians.

From the "very" anxious heavens of our first trans-Atlantic flight we descended into... well... hell, as I would soon come to know it.

There was a lot of publicity.

Without going into excessive and ancient detail, yeah, there were promo posters, yeah; there was the "London is finally ready for..." marquee; the raves, the pans, the fans, the existential angst... the... the... HYPE!

The whole city, or at least the part that was interested in pop music, seemed primed for... a party? a funeral? a coronation? All of the above? With the shadow of the crown and the noose upon my neck, I stood in the middle of it, this week's Next... Big... Thing. All I remember thinking was, Whoa! This is a little more than I bargained for. Not quite savvy enough to realize that this was exactly what I had bargained for, I arrived at the theater and created pre-show chaos, stomping through the aisles, pulling promo flyers of the seats in a "The Man can't steal my music" frenzy. The record company, of course, was just doing its job, and I was just learning mine... real fast.

Later that evening an E Street Band, with a good deal of the carnival still left in it and armed with a set list I still dare any young band to match, strode onto the stage of the Hammersmith Odeon. The tempos were fast. A Jersey stew of almost punk soul, fueled by the visionary songwriters, 60's records, garage bands, and Rhythm and Blues we loved. For me, the set went by like a freight train. Later, all I remembered is an awkward record company party, that "what just happened?" feeling, and thinking we hadn't played that well. I was wrong. With the keys to the kingdom dangling in front of us and the knife at our neck, we'd gone for broke. Whatever happened, it became one of our "legendary" performances, marked only in memory, bits of bootleg tape, and "I was there when" stories. It was the show that put us on the map in England and began a long and beautiful relationship with our fans overseas.

The evening had been recorded and filmed. Lost in my private Idaho, I'd paid no attention to it. I never looked at it... for thirty years. At the time I was anxious to move away from the commotion and on down the road, as the band and I were "busy bein' born."

At the end of the Rising tour, I became interested in checking out film of the early part of my work. It had remained a blank spot with virtually nothing released. I started with bits and pieces of this show figuring we could cut together a song or two. To our surprise the entire concert emerged from the vault along with the 24-track recording. Restore by Thom Zimny and mixed by Bob Clearmountain, removed from the bluster and noise of the moment, all that's left if the music. So Ladies and Gentelmen... "London is finally ready for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band." Live! At the Hammersmith Odeon.

- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, 9/22/05

Credits

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

Available Versions

List of available versions of THE E STREET SHUFFLE on this website:

THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Album version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Early draft]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 31 Oct 1973 (late show) version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 03 Mar 1974 (late show) version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 09 May 1974 (early show) version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 29 Oct 1974 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 05 Feb 1975 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 02 Oct 1975 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 17 Jun 2000 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 01 Jul 2000 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 18 Dec 2000 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 08 Dec 2001 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 29 Apr 2003 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 19 Nov 2007 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 23 May 2009 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 07 Nov 2009 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 20 Nov 2009 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 02 Mar 2012 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 09 Mar 2012 version]
THE E STREET SHUFFLE [Live 05 Feb 2014 version]

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