THE E STREET SHUFFLE

Live 29 Apr 2003 version


Sparks light on E Street where the boy prophets walk it handsome and hot
Whoa, the little girls' souls grow weak when the man-child gives them a double shot
Schoolboy pops pull out all the stops on a Friday night
Teenage tramps in skin-tight pants do the E Street dance and it's all right
Well, them kids down there are dancin' or hooked up in a scuffle
Dressed in snake-skin suits packed with Detroit muscle
Doin' the E Street Shuffle

Now, those E Street brats in twilight duel flashlight phantoms in full star stream
Down fire trails on silver nights with blonde girls pledged sweet sixteen
The newsboy says the heat's been bad since Power Thirteen gave a trooper all he had in a late summer scuffle
Power's girl's on the corner keepin' them crazy boys out of trouble
Well, Little Angel steps the shuffle like she got no brains
Oh, she's deaf in combat down on Lover's Lane
She drives all those boys insane
Oh!
Say it, Bobby!
Well, I said, whoa, whoa, yeah
(Whoa, whoa, yeah)
Yeah, everybody form a line
Whoa, yeah, yeah
(Whoa, whoa, yeah)
Yeah, everybody form a line
Whoa!

Whoa, one, two, three!
Sparks light on E Street where the boy-prophets walk it handsome and hot
All the little girls' souls grow weak when the man-child gives them a double shot
Little Angel hangs out at Easy Joe's, it's a joint where all the riot squad goes when they're cashing in for a hustle
Them boys on the corner, doin' that lazy E Street Shuffle (ooh)
As them sweet summer nights turn into summer dreams
Little Angel picks up Power, he slips on his jeans
And they move on down to the scene
All the kids are dancin'
Everybody's dancin'
Everybody's doin' it—come on, boys!
Well, I say, whoa, whoa, yeah
(Whoa, whoa, whoa)
Everybody form a line
Whoa, whoa, yeah
(Whoa, whoa, yeah)
Yeah, everybody form a line
I say, yeah, yeah, yeah
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Yeah, everybody form a line
I say, yeah, yeah, yeah
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Yeah, everybody form a line

I say, yeah, yeah, yeah
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Yeah, everybody form a line
Whoo, ooh, ooh
Yeah!

Do it!

Come on, band!

[Spoken outro:] Max Weinberg 7! And friends!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 29 Apr 2003 performance of THE E STREET SHUFFLE at Count Basie Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ, during "The Hope Concert" benefit. The song was played in a full-band version, with Bruce Springsteen backed by the Max Weinberg 7, plus Bobby Bandiera on guitar.

The 29 Apr 2003 Show

The 29 Apr 2003 show at Count Basie Theatre, billed "The Hope Concert", was a benefit for Robert Bandiera Jr., son of Bobby Bandiera, who suffers from a rare neurological disorder and requires full time care. Along with Bobby Bandiera and his band, the concert featured Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Max Weinberg 7, Southside Johnny, and others.

Promotional poster for the 29 Apr 2003 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
Promotional poster for the 29 Apr 2003 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
Ticket stub for the 29 Apr 2003 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
Ticket stub for the 29 Apr 2003 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
(Taken from Brucebase)

Bobby Bandiera is a New Jersey guitarist and songwriter whose relationship with Bruce Springsteen dates back to the early eighties, when Bandiera was the front man of Cats On A Smooth Surface. The band was throughout the eighties the house band at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. They backed Springsteen on drop-in appearances mostly at The Stone Pony but also at other clubs around the Jersey Shore. Bandiera was reportedly considered for the guitarist position in the E Street Band for the Born In The U.S.A. Tour in 1984 when Steve Van Zandt left the band, but this position went to Nils Lofgren. Bandiera joined Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes in 1985, and continued to perform with Springsteen at various off-tour shows, including club appearances, benefit concerts, and Holiday shows. Bandiera remains one of Springsteen's most frequent non-E Street Band musical mates.

  1. THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL (with all performers)
  2. THE E STREET SHUFFLE (with The Max Weinberg 7)
  3. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (with The Max Weinberg 7)
  4. JOLE BLON (with Gary U.S. Bonds)
  5. THE FEVER (with Southside Johnny)
  6. KITTY'S BACK (with The Max Weinberg 7 and Bobby Bandiera)
  7. SOUL DEEP (with Gary U.S. Bonds)
  8. THIS LITTLE GIRL (with Gary U.S. Bonds)
  9. THUNDER ROAD (with Jon Bon Jovi and The Max Weinberg 7)
  10. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) (with Jon Bon Jovi and The Max Weinberg 7)
  11. A CHANGE IS GONNA COME (with all performers)
  12. HAVING A PARTY (with all performers)
  13. COLD SWEAT (with all performers)
  14. TWIST AND SHOUT (with all performers)
  15. QUARTER TO THREE (with all performers)
  16. SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK (with all performers)

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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