THUNDER ROAD

Live 03 Oct 1980 version


[Bruce Springsteen (spoken intro):] We're gonna do something, something special now... I was backstage in the middle of the show and a friend of mine came back and, uh, I asked him if he wanted to come out and do something and, and he said what he wanted to do, we did it earlier in the show, but, it's gonna be, uh, it's gonna be a thrill for me 'cause I've admired his music for a long time, he's gonna come out and sing "Thunder Road" with me, Bob Seger!

Bruce Springsteen:The screen door slams, Mary's dress sways
Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
Hey, that's me and I want you only
Don't turn me home again
I just can't face myself alone again
Don't you run back inside
You know just what I'm here for
So you're scared and you're thinking that maybe we ain't that young anymore
Crowd:Show a little faith, there's magic in the night
You ain't a beauty, but, hey, you're all right
Bruce Springsteen:Let's do it!
Whoa, and that's all right with me

Bob Seger:You can hide 'neath your covers and study your pain
Make crosses from your lovers, throw roses in the rain
Waste your summer praying in vain for a savior to rise from these streets
Bruce Springsteen:Now, I ain't no hero, that's understood
All the redemption I can offer, girl, is beneath this dirty hood
Springsteen and Seger:With a chance to make it good somehow
Bruce Springsteen:Hey, what else can we do now
Bob Seger:Except roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair
Springsteen and Seger:The night's busted open, these two lanes will take us anywhere
Bruce Springsteen:We got one last chance to make it real
Bob Seger:To trade in these wings on some wheels
Bruce Springsteen:Climb in back, heaven's waiting down on the tracks
Springsteen and Seger:Whoa, come and take my hand
We're riding out tonight to case the promised land
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, Thunder Road, oh, Thunder Road, oh, Thunder Road
Bruce Springsteen:Lying out there like a killer in the sun
Hey, I know it's late, but we can make it if we run
Springsteen and Seger:Oh, oh, oh, oh, Thunder Road, sit tight, take hold, Thunder Road

Bruce Springsteen:Well, I got this guitar and I learned how to make her talk
Bob Seger:And my car's out back if you're ready to take that long walk
From your front porch to my front seat
Bruce Springsteen:The door's open but the ride, it ain't free
Bob Seger:Well, I know you're lonely, there's words that I ain't spoken
Tonight, girl, we'll be free, all the promises will be broken
Springsteen and Seger:There were ghosts in the eyes of all the boys you sent away
They haunt this dusty beach road in the skeleton frames of burned out Chevrolets
Bruce Springsteen:They scream your name at night in the street
Bob Seger:Your graduation gown lies in rags at their feet
In the lonely cool before dawn
Bruce Springsteen:You hear their engines roaring on
Bob Seger:When you get to the porch they're gone
On the wind; so Mary climb in
Springsteen and Seger:It's a town full of losers, we're pulling out of here to win
Bob Seger:Oh!

[Bruce Springsteen (spoken outro):] Thank you! Good night!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 03 Oct 1980 (second) performance of THUNDER ROAD at University Of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, during The River Tour. The song was played twice that night, in a full-band arrangement, the second being the show closer on which Bob Seger joined Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band onstage.

This was the tour's opening night and the show was held in the university's Crisler Arena.

Ticket stub for the 03 Oct 1980 show at University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Ticket stub for the 03 Oct 1980 show at University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of THUNDER ROAD on this website:

THUNDER ROAD [Album version]
THUNDER ROAD [Early draft]
THUNDER ROAD [Alternative version #1]
THUNDER ROAD [Alternative version #2]
THUNDER ROAD [Alternative version #3]
THUNDER ROAD [Alternative version #4]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 05 Feb 1975 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 20 Jul 1975 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 17 Oct 1975 (early show) version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 18 Oct 1975 (early show) version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 31 Dec 1975 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 07 Apr 1976 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 25 Mar 1977 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 13 May 1977 (early show) version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 13 Sep 1977 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 19 Sep 1978 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 08 Dec 1978 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 22 Sep 1979 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 03 Oct 1980 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 03 Jul 1981 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 08 Jun 1984 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 19 Nov 1984 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 27 Jul 1988 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 02 Sep 1988 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 16 Nov 1990 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 28 Sep 1992 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 24 Jun 1993 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 15 Feb 1995 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 21 Feb 1995 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 05 Apr 1995 (Sony Music Studios) version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 09 Jul 1995 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 05 May 1997 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 22 May 1997 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 31 Jan 1998 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 23 Oct 1999 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 27 Jun 2000 / 01 Jul 2000 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 19 Oct 2001 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 29 Aug 2002 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 04 Oct 2002 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 16 Oct 2002 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 19 Feb 2003 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 29 Apr 2003 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 22 Jun 2003 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 01 Nov 2004 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 04 Apr 2005 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 12 Oct 2005 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 07 Nov 2007 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 09 Nov 2007 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 14 Mar 2008 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 07 May 2008 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 18 Jun 2008 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 23 Aug 2008 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 04 Oct 2008 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 16 Oct 2008 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 30 May 2009 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 17 Nov 2009 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 22 Nov 2009 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 04 Nov 2010 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 15 Jan 2011 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 03 Nov 2011 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 04 Nov 2011 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 14 Jan 2012 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 09 Mar 2012 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 06 Apr 2012 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Live 07 Nov 2016 version]
THUNDER ROAD [Greg Kihn's cover version]
THUNDER ROAD [Badly Drawn Boy's cover version]
THUNDER ROAD [Cowboy Junkies' cover version]
THUNDER ROAD [Kevin Rowland's cover version]

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