WALKING IN THE STREET

Studio outtake


One, two

Oh Billy stares at Cherry in the hall
Then walks out into the rain so blessed and tall
Standing on the corner with a gun underneath his coat
Beneath the stars on the street
Oh on Lexington Avenue they stand
Velvet aces they case the promised land
Reachin’ out across the hoods with both hands
Oh, trying to catch a ride

Tonight we're lovers in the cold, oh, oh, oh
Running past the graveyards in the snow, no, no, no
Walking in the street with nowhere to go, oh, oh, oh
And it's no, no, no, no, no, no, no

Oh and then the getaway driver waits outside the store
He pulls away just as Billy runs out the door
Oh and Billy won't run anymore, no, no, no, no, no, no, no

Oh baby I can't lay the stars at your feet
Oh but I think we could take it all, just you and me
Oh come on and see there's a lot of room
For you baby in this front seat

Tonight we're lovers on that road, oh, oh, oh
Running past the graveyards in the snow, oh, oh, oh
Walking in the street with nowhere to go, oh, oh, oh
And it's oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

[Saxophone Solo]

Tonight we're lovers in the snow, oh, oh, oh
Running past the graveyards oh I don’t know, oh, oh, oh
Walking in the street with nowhere to go, oh, oh, oh
And it's oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Info

WALKING IN THE STREET is an unreleased Bruce Springsteen song. The above lyrics are for the only circulating studio take of the song.

Composition And Recording

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.”

Available Versions

List of available versions of WALKING IN THE STREET on this website:

WALKING IN THE STREET [Studio outtake]

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