THE TIES THAT BIND

Live 15 Dec 1978 version


[Spoken intro:] Alright. I'm a-here ! (chuckles) We got a lot of people listening in tonight up in Seattle, in Portland, in Sacramento and Eugene. So I want everybody say hello, alright? (cheers) Alright. This is for all those guys. This is a new song, It's called "The Ties That Bind".

One, two, three, four!

One! Two! Three! Four!

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 alone tonight to ride
You don't need 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
No man can break your ties that bind

A cheap romance, you say it's just 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 baby can you walk the line

And face the ties that bind
The ties that bind
No man can break the ties that bind

Whoa whoa I
I'd rather feel the hurt inside, yes I would darling than know
Know the empty heart that you hide
Yes I would darling, yes I would darling, yes I would honey

It's the ties that bind
No man can break the ties that bind
You can't forsake the ties that bind
You just can't shake the ties that bind
Alright!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 15 Dec 1978 performance of THE TIES THAT BIND at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. The song was played in its full-band arrangement.

The 15 Dec 1978 Show

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed two concerts at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, on 15 and 16 Dec 1978. The 15 Dec 1978 concert was broadcast live on local radio station KSAN-FM.

Promotional poster for the 15 and 16 Dec 1978 shows at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Promotional poster for the 15 and 16 Dec 1978 shows at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Ticket stub for the 15 Dec 1978 show at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Ticket stub for the 15 Dec 1978 show at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
(Taken from Brucebase)

  1. BADLANDS
  2. STREETS OF FIRE
  3. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  5. FACTORY
  6. THE PROMISED LAND
  7. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  8. RACING IN THE STREET
  9. THUNDER ROAD
  10. JUNGLELAND
  11. THE TIES THAT BIND
  12. SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN
  13. THE FEVER
  14. FIRE
  15. CANDY'S ROOM
  16. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  17. POINT BLANK
  18. SHE'S THE ONE
  19. BACKSTREETS
  20. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  21. BORN TO RUN
  22. DETROIT MEDLEY
  23. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  24. RAISE YOUR HAND
  25. QUARTER TO THREE
  26. TWIST AND SHOUT

Notes: TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT, RAISE YOUR HAND, and QUARTER TO THREE were not part of the radio broadcast, but they are on the soundboard tapes that circulate among fans. TWIST AND SHOUT remains unconfirmed – a fan who was present recalls with a certain degree of certainty that when the show was over and the stage was cleared, Springsteen and the band returned some minutes later to perform one more song for of those who remained.

The 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978

3xCD - Leftfield Media (LFM3CD532) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978

3xCD - Echoes (ECHO3CD2001) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978

4xLP - Echoes (ECHO4LP2001) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume One
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume One

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV257LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 1 of three of the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Two
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Two

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV258LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 2 of three of the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Three
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Three

LP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV259LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 3 of three of the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978

Digital album - Lilith Records (no catalog number) - UK, 2016

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts

15xCD - Sound Stage (SSCDBOX10) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 09 Aug 1978 broadcast from The Agora, the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre, the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre, the 30 Sep 1978 broadcast from Fox Theatre, and the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.

References

Some of the above info about the 15 Dec 1978 show is taken from Brucebase.

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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