TOUGHER THAN THE REST

Live 27 Apr 1988 version


Well it's Saturday night, you're all dressed up in blue
I been watching you a while, maybe you been watching me too
So somebody ran out, left somebody's heart in a mess
Well if you're looking for love, honey I'm tougher than the rest

Some girls they want a handsome Dan or some good looking Joe
On their arm, some girls like a sweet talking Romeo
Well 'round here baby, I learned you get what you can get
So if you're rough enough for love, honey I'm tougher than the rest

The road is dark, it's a thin thin line
But I want you to know I'll walk it for you any time
Maybe your other boyfriends couldn't pass the test
Well if you're rough and ready for love, honey I'm tougher than the rest

Hey!

[Guitar solo]

The road is dark, it's a thin thin line
But I want you to know I'll walk it for you any time
Maybe your other boyfriends couldn't pass the test
Well if you're rough and ready for love, honey I'm tougher than the rest

Well it ain't no secret I've been around a time or two
Well I don't know baby, maybe you've been around too
Well there's another dance, all you gotta do is say yes
And if you're rough and ready for love, honey I'm tougher than the rest
If you're rough enough for love, baby I'm tougher than the rest

[Harmonica solo]


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Info

The above lyrics are for live 27 Apr 1988 performance of TOUGHER THAN THE REST at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, CA, during the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour. The song was played in a full-band arrangement.

Ticket stub for the 27 Apr 1988 show at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Ticket stub for the 27 Apr 1988 show at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
(Taken from Brucebase)
Pass for the 27 Apr 1988 show at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Pass for the 27 Apr 1988 show at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
(Taken from Brucebase)

The live 27 Apr 1988 version of TOUGHER THAN THE REST was officially released as the B-side to TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Album version] and as the B-side to BETTER DAYS in 1992 (see the "Official Releases" section below). It was also released on the Chimes Of Freedom EP in 1988 (see the "Chimes Of Freedom" section below). The song was recorded by Toby Scott and mixed by Bob Clearmountain. The parts in bold were edited out on some edited versions of the official release.

Official Releases

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Chimes Of Freedom

The Chimes Of Freedom EP was released worldwide in August 1988 to promote the upcoming Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour. Some proceeds from the EP sales went to Amnesty International. The EP was produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, and Chuck Plotkin.

The EP was released on 12-inch vinyl, cassette tape, and compact disc. While the vinyl and cassette issues and international CD issues had the tracks at full length, the original U.S. CD issue, which was just titled "Live", was edited for length; TOUGHER THAN THE REST has the guitar solo and one verse edited out and CHIMES OF FREEDOM has the spoken intro completely edited out. The format used was the 3-inch MiniCD, which limited the length that could be used. Rolling Stone reported that these edits were done with Springsteen's approval with the purpose being to fit the release on an affordable MiniCD. The Chimes Of Freedom EP was digitally remastered and reissued in 1999 on full size 5-inch CD. These 1999 reissues had the edited versions of TOUGHER THAN THE REST and CHIMES OF FREEDOM but later CD re-issues restored the two songs to full length.

Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
CD EP - Columbia (667600 2) - Australia, 1999

01- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
02- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
03- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
04- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
12" EP - Columbia (CEP 44445) - Canada, 1988

A1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
A2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
B1- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
B2- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
MC EP - Columbia (CEPT 44445) - Canada, 1988

A1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
A2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
A3- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
A4- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
B1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
B2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
B3- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
B4- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
CD EP - Columbia (CEPK-44445) - Canada, 1988

Two variants of this were issued, one without barcode and one with barcode.

01- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
02- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
03- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
04- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
CD EP - Columbia (CK 69469) - Canada, 1999

Contains edited versions of TOUGHER THAN THE REST and CHIMES OF FREEDOM.

01- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
02- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
03- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
04- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
CD EP - Columbia (CK 63822) - Canada, 2000

01- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
02- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
03- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
04- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
12" EP - CBS (8013549) - Costa Rica, 1988

A1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
A2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
B1- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
B2- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
12" EP - CBS (653192 6) - Europe, 1988

Pressed in Holland for the European market.

A1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
A2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
B1- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
B2- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
MiniCD EP - CBS (CBS 653192 3) - Europe, 1988

Pressed in Austria for the European market. Comes in a blister pack.

01- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
02- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
03- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
CD EP - Columbia (667600 2) - Europe, 1999

Pressed in Austria for the European market.

01- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
02- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
03- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
04- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
CD EP - Sony (SRCS 8989) - Japan, 1999

Cardboard packaging.

01- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
02- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
03- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
04- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
CD EP - Sony (SRCS 8989) - Japan, 1999

Picture disc.

01- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
02- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
03- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
04- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
12" EP - CBS (QCLEP-18172) - Philippines, 1988

A1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
A2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
B1- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
B2- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
CD EP - Columbia (CDSIN 347 I) - South Africa, 1999

01- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
02- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
03- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
04- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
12" EP - CBS (653192 6) - Spain, 1988

A1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
A2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
B1- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
B2- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
CD EP - Columbia (CK 69469) - Taiwan, 1999

This is a U.S. pressing exported to Taiwan. The only difference between this and the U.S. version is the addition of the Taiwanese obi strip. Contains edited versions of TOUGHER THAN THE REST and CHIMES OF FREEDOM.

01- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
02- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
03- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
04- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
12" EP - CBS (8266) - Uruguay, 1988

A1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
A2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
B1- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
B2- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
MC EP - CBS (8266-4) - Uruguay, 1988

A1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
A2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
B1- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
B2- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
12" EP - Columbia (4C 44445) - USA, 1988

A1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
A2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
B1- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
B2- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
MC EP - Columbia (4CT 44445) - USA, 1988

A1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
A2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
A3- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
A4- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
B1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
B2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
B3- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
B4- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
MC EP - Columbia (CT 69469) - USA, 1999

A1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
A2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
A3- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
A4- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
B1- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
B2- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
B3- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
B4- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Live
Bruce Springsteen -- Live
MiniCD EP - Columbia (44K-44445-S1) - USA, 1988

Comes in a 12x3-inch die cut long pack. Contains edited versions of TOUGHER THAN THE REST and CHIMES OF FREEDOM.

01- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
02- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
03- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
04- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
CD EP - Columbia (CK 69469) - USA, 1999

Contains edited versions of TOUGHER THAN THE REST and CHIMES OF FREEDOM.

01- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
02- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
03- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
04- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
Bruce Springsteen -- Chimes Of Freedom
CD EP - Columbia (CK 63822) - USA, 2000

Two variants of this were issued, one with "0 7464-63822-2 6" barcode and one with "8 86972 46142 7" barcode.

01- TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
02- BE TRUE [Live 28 Mar 1988 version]
03- CHIMES OF FREEDOM [Live 03 Jul 1988 version]
04- BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]

Available Versions

List of available versions of TOUGHER THAN THE REST on this website:

TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Album version]
TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]

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