THE E STREET SHUFFLE

Live 07 Nov 2009 version


[Spoken intro to The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle album performance:]

Thank you, everybody, thanks for being here tonight! We got the last eight shows of our, of our tour going now. We've been on the road for, uh, between these two records, for a couple of years, we appreciate everybody coming out and supporting us, and, uh, as we've gotten toward the close here we were trying to think what we could do that'd be a nice treat for the fans and fun for us. So we've been, uh, playing a variety of different records a night, we've played Born To Run, we've played Born In The U.S.A., Darkness On The Edge Of Town, but tonight, we're gonna do something that's never been done before! Never! Ever! I hope we can do it! (laughs) This was a record, this was the second record that I made, and, uh, it came out, it didn't do that well, um, but it was an interesting record, it was sort of, half of the songs are kind of about, are sort of set in New Jersey and around our little, our little street corner: uh, E Street Shuffle, Sandy, uh, Wild Billy's Circus Story, uh, Rosie, those are all our New Jersey songs. And the other half were sort of my romantic ideas and fantasies of New York City, of Kitty's Back, and New York City Serenade, and Incident. So, uh, here we go! This is, uh, this is The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle!

[THE E STREET SHUFFLE:]

[Spoken intro:] Shh! Shh! Shh! (taps mic stand)

[P]Sparks fly on E Street where the boy prophets walk it handsome and hot
All the little girls' souls grow weak when the man-child hits 'em with a double shot
Schoolboy pops pull out all the stops on a Friday night
Yeah, them teenage tramps in skin-tight pants do the E Street dance and it's all right
Little kids down there are either 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 them fire trails on silver nights with blonde girls pledged sweet sixteen
Newsboy say the heat's been bad since Power Thirteen gave a trooper everything he had in a late summer scuffle
Power's girl, Little Angel's on the corner keepin' those crazy boys out of trouble
Little Angel steps the shuffle like she got no brains
She's deaf in combat on Lover's Lane
She drives all the local boys insane
Ah, everybody's dancin'
Everybody says, oh, oh, yeah
(Oh, oh, yeah)
Yeah, everybody form a line
Whoa, whoa, yeah
(Whoa, whoa, yeah)
Whoa, everybody form a line

One, two, three!
Sparks light on E Street where the boy-prophets walk it handsome and hot
The little girls' souls grow weak when the man-child hits 'em with a double shot
Little Angel hangs out at Easy Joe's, it's a club where all the riot squad goes when they're cashin' in for a cheap hustle
Them boys are still on the corner, loose, lazy, and doin' that E Street Shuffle
As the sweet summer nights turn into summer dreams
Little Angel picks up Power, and slips on her jeans
They move on down to the scene
Where everybody's dancin'
Are you ready?
Whoa, whoa, yeah
(Whoa, whoa, oh)
Oh, everybody form a line
I said, yeah, yeah, yeah
(Whoa, whoa, yeah)
Yeah, everybody form a line
Whoa, whoa, yeah
(Whoa, whoa, yeah)
Whoa, everybody form a line
Whoa, whoa, yeah
(Whoa, whoa, yeah)
Whoa, everybody form a line

Hey!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 07 Nov 2009 performance of THE E STREET SHUFFLE at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during the Working On A Dream Tour. The song was played in its traditional full-band arrangement and featured a full five-man horn section led by Curt Ramm.

Ticket stub for the 07 Nov 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Ticket stub for the 07 Nov 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist stub for the 07 Nov 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist stub for the 07 Nov 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

On this show, Bruce Springsteen and the band played the entire The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle album from start to finish and in sequence.

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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