THE TIES THAT BIND

Album version


You been hurt and you're all cried out you say
You walk down the street pushing people outta your way
You packed your bags and all alone you wanna ride
You don't want nothing, don't need no one by your side
You're walking tough, baby, but you're walking blind

To the ties that bind
The ties that bind
Now you can't break the ties that bind

A cheap romance, you say it's all just just a crush
You don't want nothing that anybody can touch
You're so afraid of being somebody's fool
Not walking tough, baby, not walking cool
You walk cool, but darling can you walk the line

And face the ties that bind
The ties that bind
Now you can't break the ties that bind

Whoa whoa I
I'd rather feel the hurt inside, yes I would darling than know
Than know the emptiness your heart must hide
Yes I would darling, yes I would darling, yes I would baby

Hey!

Yeah!

You sit and wonder just who's gonna stop the rain
Who'll ease the sadness, who's gonna quiet your pain
It's a long dark highway and a thin white line
Connecting baby your heart to mine
We're running now but darling we will stand in time

To face the ties that bind
The ties that bind
Now you can't break the ties that bind
You can't forsake the ties that bind
Whoa whoa whoa, whoa whoa whoa


Info

THE TIES THAT BIND is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1980 album The River. The above lyrics are for Springsteen's album version of THE TIES THAT BIND as released in 1980.

The album version of THE TIES THAT BIND was included on The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition) compilation album.

Another studio version of THE TIES THAT BIND (official studio version) was released on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015.

Composition and Recording

According to Sony's database of Springsteen recording sessions, THE TIES THAT BIND was recorded on 10-11 Apr 1979 and 10 Apr 1980 at The Power Station in New York City, NY. The song however is known to have been first practiced with the band as early as September 1978 (see the 20 Sep 1978 sound-check version), and then in October 1978 (see band rehearsal #1 and band rehearsal #2) and March 1979 (band rehearsal #3). The song dramatically evolved from the first time it was played with the band to when it was recorded in studio. This indicates that it was written in September 1978 or not long before that.

Two studio takes of the song are in circulation. The official studio version must have been recorded during the 10-11 Apr 1979 sessions at The Power Station. The album version uses the same backing track as the official studio version but the mix different. The lyrics (mainly the chorus) slightly vary and are sung in a different key. It is very plausible that the song was revisited during the 10 Apr 1980 sessions at The Power Station; it was remixed and overdubbed with new vocals.

The River

Bruce Springsteen wrapped up the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour on the first day of 1979. For the next few months, he altered between composing and practicing solo demos at his home in Holmdel, NJ (between January and June 1979), rehearsing with the band at his Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ (between March and May 1979), and recording in studio at The Power Station in New York City, NY (from March to late August 1979).

By the end of August, enough quality material had been recorded at The Power Station, and it was looking like an album might be released in Christmas 1979. A title, "The Ties That Bind", and tracks were selected and wheels put in motion to produce artwork for the cover. Around September, at least ten tracks were mixed to completion. On 04 Oct 1979, the ten selected tracks were dubbed to two half-track reel-to-reel tapes at The Power Station, and labeled "side one" and "side two". The producer was Jon Landau and the engineers were Neil Dorfsman and Bob Clearmountain. These selected tracks were as follows:


Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #1, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #1, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #2, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #2, front)

Mock covers with "The Ties That Bind" title were roughed out early in the planning. The cover shot was to be a picture of Bruce Springsteen in front of a barn, with the back cover being a shot of his face behind a screen door. In late September 1979, and for reasons never fully explained, The Ties That Bind album was scrapped as Springsteen's writing process continued.

A second phase of recording sessions was scheduled. Again, for the next few months, Springsteen altered between composing and practicing solo demos at his home in Holmdel, NJ (between September 1979 and February 1980), rehearsing with the band at his Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ (between September 1979 and February 1980), and recording in studio at The Power Station in New York City, NY (from October 1979 to June 1980).

The combined sessions from March 1979 to June 1980 produced the double album The River that was eventually released in October 1980. The studio sessions to some extent extended into August 1980 due to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's involvement in the recording of Gary U.S. Bonds' album Dedication, which was released April 1981).

Bruce Springsteen -- The River
Bruce Springsteen -- The River

The album features 20 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 83:47. It was produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, and Steven Van Zandt, engineered by Neil Dorfsman, and mixed by Bob Clearmountain, Chuck Plotkin, and Toby Scott. Track list:

According to recording engineer Neil Dorfsman, about 50 songs were recorded to a completed state during The River sessions. 20 were released on The River and 14 were released as B-sides and on official compilations. 14 songs are circulating via the unofficial route, but the majority of them are poor recordings of band rehearsals at the Telegraph Hill Road property, though it is likely that most of them exist as completed takes from The Power Station.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen

The Essential Bruce Springsteen is a compilation album released as part of Sony BMG'S (previously Sony Music Entertainment) series of "Essential" sets. According to Springsteen's liner notes comments, the collection was intended as an introduction to his music for new fans who attended shows on The Rising Tour.

The collection is fundamentally a 2-disc set (clocking at 153:37) compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Live In New York City release. A 3-disc limited edition (clocking at 201:04) was also released. It includes a bonus third disc comprising of a selection of rarities and previously unreleased recordings.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was released on 11 Nov 2003 on Columbia Records. It debuted and peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart where it spent 13 weeks. It also reached #28 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was awarded certified gold and platinum records by the RIAA on 16 Dec 2003.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was reissued on 16 Oct 2015, this time as a 2-disc set (clocking at 156:25) with an updated track list, compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Greatest Hits (1995 edition) collection. This 2015 reissue features remastered tracks not found in that form on other Springsteen releases.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)

Other Official Releases

The album version of THE TIES THAT BIND appears on a few obscure singles.

Bruce Springsteen -- "Fade Away / The Ties That Bind"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Fade Away / The Ties That Bind"

7" single - CBS (BA 222801) - New Zealand, 1981

Comes in a die-cut CBS company sleeve. This very rare single was withdrawn and quickly replaced by "Fade Away / Be True".

A1- FADE AWAY
B1- THE TIES THAT BIND
Bruce Springsteen -- "The Ties That Bind / I'm A Rocker"
Bruce Springsteen -- "The Ties That Bind / I'm A Rocker"

7" single - CBS (SSC 5207) - South Africa, 1981

Comes in a die-cut CBS company sleeve.

A1- THE TIES THAT BIND
B1- I'M A ROCKER
Bruce Springsteen -- The River
Bruce Springsteen -- The River

7" EP - CBS / Rennbahn Express (no catalog number) - Holland, 1981

Flexi disc distributed exclusively to subscribers of Austrian pop magazine "Rennbahn Express" with their June 1981 issue. It contains excerpts from four song from The River album, plus three short live fragments that are unique to this item.

A1- SHERRY DARLING / THE RIVER / THE TIES THAT BIND / HUNGRY HEART
B1- [blank]

Other versions of THE TIES THAT BIND were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
The official studio version of THE TIES THAT BIND was released on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story
The live 08 Dec 1978 version of THE TIES THAT BIND was released on The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set in 2010.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Arizona State University, Tempe 1980
The live 05 Nov 1980 version of THE TIES THAT BIND was released on the Arizona State University, Tempe 1980 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live In New York City
A snippet of the live 29 Jun 2000 version of THE TIES THAT BIND was included on the Live In New York City home video in 2001.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009
The live 22 Nov 2009 version of THE TIES THAT BIND was released on the HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009 official live download in 2016.
live.brucespringsteen.net
Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows were officially released on live.brucespringsteen.net. These include 4 versions of THE TIES THAT BIND.

  1. 28 Jan 2014 at Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, South Africa
  2. 26 Apr 2014 at Aaron's Amphitheatre At Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
  3. 01 May 2014 at Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
  4. 17 May 2014 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Live History: on-tour

THE TIES THAT BIND is known to have been performed at least 27 times during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour (111 dates, May 1978 to January 1979), all during the tour's last two months. A few setlists from that period are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. Note that the song was sound-checked earlier in the tour, prior to the 20 Sep 1978 show in Passaic, NJ. See the 20 Sep 1978 sound-check version for more details. The live 08 Dec 1978 version was released on The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set in 2010.

  1. 01 Nov 1978 at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  2. 02 Nov 1978 at Capital Centre, Largo, MD
  3. 04 Nov 1978 at University Of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  4. 07 Nov 1978 at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  5. 08 Nov 1978 at Montreal Forum, Montreal, Canada
  6. 16 Nov 1978 at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada
  7. 17 Nov 1978 at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  8. 18 Nov 1978 at Miami University, Oxford, OH
  9. 20 Nov 1978 at University Of Illinois, Champaign, IL
  10. 21 Nov 1978 at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  11. 25 Nov 1978 at Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO
  12. 27 Nov 1978 at MECCA Arena, Milwaukee, WI
  13. 28 Nov 1978 at Dane County Memorial Coliseum, Madison, WI
  14. 29 Nov 1978 at St. Paul Civic Center Arena, Saint Paul, MN
  15. 01 Dec 1978 at University Of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  16. 03 Dec 1978 at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
  17. 05 Dec 1978 at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LO
  18. 07 Dec 1978 at University Of Texas, Austin, TX
  19. 08 Dec 1978 at The Summit, Houston, TX
  20. 09 Dec 1978 at Dallas Convention Center Arena, Dallas, TX
  21. 13 Dec 1978 at Tucson Community Center Arena, Tucson, AZ
  22. 15 Dec 1978 at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
  23. 19 Dec 1978 at Paramount Theatre, Portland, OR
  24. 20 Dec 1978 at Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA
  25. 27 Dec 1978 at Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
  26. 30 Dec 1978 at Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
  27. 31 Dec 1978 at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH

In preparation for The River Tour, THE TIES THAT BIND is known to have been practiced during at least one of the private rehearsals that took place over the period of four nights in late September 1980 in Lititz, PA, prior to the tour's first leg.

  1. Sep 1980 at Clair Brothers Audio, Lititz, PA (private rehearsal)
  2. 26 Sep 1980 at Clair Brothers Audio, Lititz, PA (private rehearsal)
  3. 27 Sep 1980 at Clair Brothers Audio, Lititz, PA (private rehearsal)

THE TIES THAT BIND is known to have been performed at least 77 times during The River Tour (138 dates, October 1980 to September 1981). A few setlists from that period are incomplete, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during The River Tour.

  1. 04 Oct 1980 at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
  2. 06 Oct 1980 at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
  3. 07 Oct 1980 at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
  4. 09 Oct 1980 at Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
  5. 10 Oct 1980 at Uptown Theatre, Chicago, IL
  6. 11 Oct 1980 at Uptown Theatre, Chicago, IL
  7. 13 Oct 1980 at St. Paul Civic Center Arena, Saint Paul, MN
  8. 14 Oct 1980 at MECCA Arena, Milwaukee, WI
  9. 17 Oct 1980 at Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO
  10. 18 Oct 1980 at Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO
  11. 20 Oct 1980 at McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, CO
  12. 24 Oct 1980 at Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA
  13. 25 Oct 1980 at Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
  14. 27 Oct 1980 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
  15. 28 Oct 1980 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
  16. 30 Oct 1980 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  17. 31 Oct 1980 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  18. 01 Nov 1980 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  19. 03 Nov 1980 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  20. 05 Nov 1980 at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  21. 08 Nov 1980 at Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX
  22. 09 Nov 1980 at University Of Texas, Austin, TX
  23. 11 Nov 1980 at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  24. 15 Nov 1980 at The Summit, Houston, TX
  25. 20 Nov 1980 at Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
  26. 23 Nov 1980 at Capital Centre, Largo, MD
  27. 24 Nov 1980 at Capital Centre, Largo, MD
  28. 27 Nov 1980 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  29. 28 Nov 1980 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  30. 30 Nov 1980 at Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  31. 01 Dec 1980 at Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  32. 02 Dec 1980 at Rochester Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY
  33. 04 Dec 1980 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY
  34. 06 Dec 1980 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  35. 08 Dec 1980 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  36. 12 Dec 1980 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  37. 15 Dec 1980 at Boston Garden, Boston, MA
  38. 18 Dec 1980 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  39. 19 Dec 1980 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  40. 28 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  41. 29 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  42. 20 Jan 1981 at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada
  43. 23 Jan 1981 at The Forum, Montreal, Canada
  44. 16 Apr 1981 at Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany
  45. 18 Apr 1981 at Palais Des Sports De Saint-Ouen, Paris, France
  46. 19 Apr 1981 at Palais Des Sports De Saint-Ouen, Paris, France
  47. 21 Apr 1981 at Palau Municipal D'esports, Barcelona, Spain
  48. 24 Apr 1981 at Palais Des Sports, Lyon, France
  49. 26 Apr 1981 at Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
  50. 28 Apr 1981 at Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  51. 29 Apr 1981 at Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  52. 02 May 1981 at Brondby-Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  53. 03 May 1981 at Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
  54. 05 May 1981 at Drammenshallen, Drammen, Norway
  55. 08 May 1981 at Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden
  56. 13 May 1981 at Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England
  57. 14 May 1981 at Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England
  58. 16 May 1981 at Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
  59. 17 May 1981 at Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
  60. 20 May 1981 at New Bingley Hall, Stafford, England
  61. 26 May 1981 at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, England
  62. 30 May 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England
  63. 01 Jun 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England
  64. 02 Jun 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England
  65. 04 Jun 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England
  66. 08 Jun 1981 at Birmingham International Arena, Birmingham, England
  67. 05 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  68. 08 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  69. 09 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  70. 13 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  71. 15 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  72. 16 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  73. 18 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  74. 07 Aug 1981 at Capital Centre, Largo, MD
  75. 20 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  76. 10 Sep 1981 at Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
  77. 14 Sep 1981 at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH

In preparation for The Reunion Tour, THE TIES THAT BIND is known to have been practiced during the private rehearsal that took place in February 2000 in University Park, PA, the day before the tour's final leg kicked off.

  1. 27 Feb 2000 at Penn State University, University Park, PA (private rehearsal)

THE TIES THAT BIND was performed 48 times during what is known as The Reunion Tour (132 dates, April 1999 to July 2000). A snippet of the 29 Jun 2000 performance of THE TIES THAT BIND was released in 2001 on the Live In New York City home video. See the live 29 Jun 2000 version for more details.

  1. 29 Jul 1999 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  2. 07 Aug 1999 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  3. 09 Aug 1999 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  4. 12 Aug 1999 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  5. 21 Aug 1999 at Fleet Center, Boston, MA
  6. 24 Aug 1999 at Fleet Center, Boston, MA
  7. 26 Aug 1999 at Fleet Center, Boston, MA
  8. 27 Aug 1999 at Fleet Center, Boston, MA
  9. 31 Aug 1999 at MCI Center, Washington, DC
  10. 03 Sep 1999 at MCI Center, Washington, DC
  11. 08 Sep 1999 at The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
  12. 13 Sep 1999 at First Union Center, Philadelphia, PA
  13. 20 Sep 1999 at First Union Center, Philadelphia, PA
  14. 25 Sep 1999 at First Union Center, Philadelphia, PA
  15. 27 Sep 1999 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  16. 30 Sep 1999 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  17. 15 Oct 1999 at America West Arena, Phoenix, AZ
  18. 18 Oct 1999 at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
  19. 23 Oct 1999 at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
  20. 26 Oct 1999 at Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA
  21. 06 Nov 1999 at Fargodome, Fargo, ND
  22. 09 Nov 1999 at Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
  23. 10 Nov 1999 at Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
  24. 14 Nov 1999 at Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH
  25. 17 Nov 1999 at Value City Arena, Columbus, OH
  26. 19 Nov 1999 at Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo, NY
  27. 21 Nov 1999 at Pepsi Arena, Albany, NY
  28. 28 Nov 1999 at Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  29. 28 Feb 2000 at Penn State University, University Park, PA
  30. 06 Mar 2000 at Ice Palace, Tampa, FL
  31. 10 Mar 2000 at National Car Rental Center, Sunrise, FL
  32. 13 Mar 2000 at Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX
  33. 19 Mar 2000 at New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
  34. 31 Mar 2000 at Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
  35. 03 Apr 2000 at Rose Garden, Portland, OR
  36. 08 Apr 2000 at Kiel Center, St. Louis, MO
  37. 12 Apr 2000 at Nashville Arena, Nashville, TN
  38. 17 Apr 2000 at Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
  39. 22 Apr 2000 at Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena, Raleigh, NC
  40. 26 Apr 2000 at Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  41. 30 Apr 2000 at Firstar Center, Cincinnati, OH
  42. 03 May 2000 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
  43. 07 May 2000 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  44. 04 Jun 2000 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
  45. 17 Jun 2000 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  46. 23 Jun 2000 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  47. 27 Jun 2000 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  48. 29 Jun 2000 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

THE TIES THAT BIND was performed 30 times during The Rising Tour (120 dates, August 2002 to October 2003).

  1. 22 Sep 2002 at Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
  2. 25 Sep 2002 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  3. 29 Sep 2002 at Fargodome, Fargo, ND
  4. 20 Oct 2002 at Velodrom, Berlin, Germany
  5. 03 Nov 2002 at American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
  6. 04 Nov 2002 at Compaq Center, Houston, TX
  7. 12 Nov 2002 at U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
  8. 24 Nov 2002 at Ice Palace, Tampa, FL
  9. 02 Dec 2002 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
  10. 08 Dec 2002 at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
  11. 13 Dec 2002 at Pepsi Arena, Albany, NY
  12. 04 Mar 2003 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville, FL
  13. 11 Apr 2003 at Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada
  14. 14 Apr 2003 at Skyreach Centre, Edmonton, Canada
  15. 08 May 2003 at Stadion Feyenoord, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  16. 17 May 2003 at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona, Spain
  17. 24 May 2003 at Stade De France, Saint-Denis, France
  18. 26 May 2003 at Crystal Palace National Sports Stadium, London, England
  19. 10 Jun 2003 at Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany
  20. 12 Jun 2003 at AOL Arena, Hamburg, Germany
  21. 17 Jun 2003 at Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland
  22. 21 Jun 2003 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
  23. 18 Jul 2003 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  24. 26 Jul 2003 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  25. 02 Aug 2003 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
  26. 09 Aug 2003 at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
  27. 28 Aug 2003 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  28. 06 Sep 2003 at Fenway Park, Boston, MA
  29. 10 Sep 2003 at SkyDome, Toronto, ON
  30. 03 Oct 2003 at Shea Stadium, New York City, NY

THE TIES THAT BIND was performed once during the Vote For Change Tour, on 03 Oct 2004 in Detroit, MI.

  1. 03 Oct 2004 at Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI

THE TIES THAT BIND was performed 7 times during the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour (72 dates, April to November 2005).

  1. 04 Oct 2005 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ
  2. 06 Oct 2005 at Blue Cross Arena At The War Memorial, Rochester, NY
  3. 07 Oct 2005 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  4. 09 Oct 2005 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  5. 12 Oct 2005 at Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
  6. 13 Oct 2005 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  7. 08 Nov 2005 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

In preparation for the Magic Tour, THE TIES THAT BIND was performed during one of the tour's three public warm-up rehearsal shows that took place in September 2007 in Asbury Park and East Rutherford.

  1. 28 Sep 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (public rehearsal)

THE TIES THAT BIND was performed 15 times during the Magic Tour (100 dates, October 2007 to August 2008).

  1. 02 Oct 2007 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  2. 06 Oct 2007 at Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
  3. 14 Oct 2007 at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Canada
  4. 17 Oct 2007 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  5. 25 Oct 2007 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  6. 30 Oct 2007 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  7. 12 Nov 2007 at Verizon Center, Washington, DC
  8. 14 Nov 2007 at Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  9. 28 Nov 2007 at Datch Forum, Milan, Italy
  10. 13 Dec 2007 at Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany
  11. 07 Mar 2008 at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY
  12. 24 Mar 2008 at Value City Arena, Columbus, OH
  13. 25 May 2008 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  14. 30 May 2008 at Emirates Stadium, London, England
  15. 23 Jun 2008 at Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium

THE TIES THAT BIND was performed 7 times during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009). The live 22 Nov 2009 version of THE TIES THAT BIND was released on the HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009 official live download in 2016.

  1. 10 Apr 2009 at Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
  2. 29 Apr 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  3. 03 Jul 2009 at Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
  4. 26 Jul 2009 at Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain
  5. 14 Oct 2009 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  6. 08 Nov 2009 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY (complete The River album performed)
  7. 22 Nov 2009 at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY

THE TIES THAT BIND was performed 25 times during the Wrecking Ball Tour (133 dates, March 2012 to September 2013).

  1. 04 Apr 2012 at Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
  2. 13 Apr 2012 at First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY
  3. 17 Apr 2012 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  4. 26 Apr 2012 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  5. 13 May 2012 at Estadio Olimpico De La Cartuja, Seville, Spain
  6. 18 May 2012 at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, Barcelona, Spain
  7. 27 May 2012 at Rheinenergiestadion, Cologne, Germany
  8. 02 Jun 2012 at Estadio Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
  9. 05 Jul 2012 at Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
  10. 09 Jul 2012 at Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland
  11. 18 Jul 2012 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
  12. 28 Jul 2012 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
  13. 08 Sep 2012 at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
  14. 14 Sep 2012 at Nationals Park, Washington, DC
  15. 19 Sep 2012 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  16. 22 Sep 2012 at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  17. 19 Oct 2012 at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Canada
  18. 27 Oct 2012 at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  19. 30 Nov 2012 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  20. 20 Mar 2013 at Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia
  21. 08 May 2013 at HK Areena, Turku, Finland
  22. 16 May 2013 at Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning, Denmark
  23. 31 May 2013 at Stadio Euganeo, Padua, Italy
  24. 18 Jun 2013 at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
  25. 20 Jul 2013 at King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland

THE TIES THAT BIND was performed 4 times during the High Hopes Tour (34 dates, January to May 2014). Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows are officially available for purchase. See the live 17 May 2014 version for more details.

  1. 28 Jan 2014 at Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, South Africa
  2. 26 Apr 2014 at Aaron's Amphitheatre At Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
  3. 01 May 2014 at Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
  4. 17 May 2014 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Live History: off-tour

THE TIES THAT BIND was performed off-tour on 19 Dec 2015 at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City, NY, during a TV appearance on Saturday Night Live. The song was played in its full-band album arrangement. See the live 19 Dec 2015 version for more details.

Covers

Very few artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's THE TIES THAT BIND.

Caufield -- Leave Tonight
Caufield -- Leave Tonight

CD - Bohemian Embassy (BE08060906) - USA, 2006
Paul Baribeau & Ginger Alford -- Darkness On The Edge Of Your Town Tour
Paul Baribeau & Ginger Alford -- Darkness On The Edge Of Your Town Tour

CD-R - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2006
CD-R - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2009

This is a live Bruce Springsteen tribute album. CD-R copies were sold on tour and online. The 2006 issue contains 10 tracks and the 2009 reissue includes 5 additional tracks. THE TIES THAT BIND can be found on both issues.
The Bruceband -- Greetings From Moskou
The Bruceband -- Greetings From Moskou

CD - no label (no catalog number) - Holland, 2006

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- If I Were The Boss: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- If I Were The Boss: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Castle (CMQCD1422) - UK, 2006

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. THE TIES THAT BIND is performed by Eddie & The Hot Rods. The song was originally released on the CD reissue of the 1990 compilation album The Curse Of The Hot Rods.
Lorenzo "FullG" Bianchi -- Via Emilia Shuffle
Lorenzo "FullG" Bianchi -- Via Emilia Shuffle

CD - no label (no catalog number) - Italy, 2016

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Available Versions

List of available versions of THE TIES THAT BIND on this website:

THE TIES THAT BIND [Album version]
THE TIES THAT BIND [Official studio version]
THE TIES THAT BIND [Band rehearsal #1]
THE TIES THAT BIND [Band rehearsal #2]
THE TIES THAT BIND [Band rehearsal #3]
THE TIES THAT BIND [20 Sep 1978 sound-check version]
THE TIES THAT BIND [Live 02 Nov 1978 version]
THE TIES THAT BIND [Live 08 Dec 1978 version]
THE TIES THAT BIND [Live 15 Dec 1978 version]
THE TIES THAT BIND [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
THE TIES THAT BIND [Live 17 May 2014 version]
THE TIES THAT BIND [Live 19 Dec 2015 version]

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