THE TIES THAT BIND

Live 19 Dec 2015 version


[Spoken intro (Tina Fey):] Once again, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.

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 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 anybody can touch
You're so afraid of being somebody's fool
Not walking tough, not walking cool
You walk cool, but darling can you walk the line

To 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

[Jake Clemons sax solo]

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'll 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
Say!
Whoa whoa


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 19 Dec 2015 performance of THE TIES THAT BIND 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.

The entire live 19 Dec 2015 performance of THE TIES THAT BIND was subsequently posted on Bruce Springsteen's VEVO YouTube channel.


Saturday Night Live is a late-night live television sketch comedy and variety TV show that airs on NBC. The show is filmed in Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City, NY. The 19 Dec 2015 episode was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were musical guests. The band included Soozie Tyrell and Jake Clemons, but no horn section or singers. They performed MEET ME IN THE CITY, THE TIES THAT BIND, and SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN.

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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