Live 28 Jan 1988 version (take #1)

Driving a big lazy car rushin' up the highway in the dark
Got one hand steady on the wheel, one's tremblin' over my heart
Pounding baby like it's bust right on through
And it ain't gonna stop till I'm alone again

A friend of mine became a father last night
We spoke, in his voice I could hear the light
Of the skies and the rivers, timberwolf in the pines
Great jukebox out on Route 39
They say he travels fastest who travels alone
But tonight I miss my girl, mister, tonight I miss my home

Is it the sound of the leaves left blown by the wayside
That's got me out here on this spooky old highway tonight
Is it the cry of the river with moonlight shining through
That ain't what scares me baby, what scares me is losing you

Well they say if you die in your dreams, you really die in your bed
Honey last night I dreamed my eyes rolled straight back in my head
And ???'s light came shinin' on you
I woke up scared and breathin' and I was born anew
It wasn't the cold river bottom rushing over me
It wasn't the bitterness of a dream that didn't come true
It wasn't the wind in the grey fields rushing through my arms
No no baby, baby it was you

So hold me close, say you're forever mine
Tell me you'll be my lonely valentine
My lonely valentine


The above lyrics are for a take of VALENTINE'S DAY recorded on 28 Jan 1988 at Expo Theater in Fort Monmouth, NJ, during a private rehearsal for the upcoming Tunnel Of Love Express Tour.

Despite the privacy of the event, an 86-minute audience tape of fair quality is in circulation among collector. It contains of 16 songs (17 takes), including two takes of VALENTINE'S DAY. See also the live 28 Jan 1988 version (take #2).

Other private rehearsals for the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour were held at the same location in late January and early February 1988, but setlists from most of them are incomplete or unknown. Therefore, VALENTINE'S DAY may have been rehearsed on other dates, or possibly more takes were rehearsed on 28 Jan 1988.

Available Versions

List of available versions of VALENTINE'S DAY on this website:

VALENTINE'S DAY [Album version]
VALENTINE'S DAY [Live 28 Jan 1988 version (take #1)]
VALENTINE'S DAY [Live 28 Jan 1988 version (take #2)]
VALENTINE'S DAY [Live 31 Jul 2005 version]
VALENTINE'S DAY [Lucky 7's cover version]

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