WALKING IN THE STREET is an unreleased Bruce Springsteen song. The above lyrics are for the only circulating studio take of the song.
WALKING IN THE STREET was written and recorded for Born To Run. The circulating studio take was recorded around August or September 1974 at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, NY. The take itself is finished musically but is still somewhat unfinished lyrically, and Bruce would return to the song for at least two takes on May 28, 1975 at the Record Plant in New York City, NY. The song is also known by the title of LOVERS IN THE COLD.
Lyrically the song has a very similar theme and story to Meeting Across The River; musically, it echoes the riff of the instrumental outro of THUNDER ROAD. The early version of THUNDER ROAD, WINGS FOR WHEELS, shares some lyrics with WALKING IN THE STREET.
In a 1998 interview with MOJO magazine, Bruce said “There were two outtakes from Born to Run: LINDA LET ME BE THE ONE is on Tracks, and there was another one called ‘WALKING IN THE STREET’ which I would have liked to have put on but I couldn’t find the master. We searched and searched. It might have been simply recorded over, because in those days, if something wasn’t going to make it, you’re going to need that tape so you recorded something else over the top.”
List of available versions of WALKING IN THE STREET on this website:WALKING IN THE STREET [Studio outtake]