BACKSTREETS

Live 01 Jul 2000 version

One soft infested summer me and Terry became friends
Trying in vain to breathe the fire we were born in
Catching rides to the outskirts, tying faith between our teeth
Sleeping in that old abandoned beach house, getting wasted in the heat
And hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
With a love so hard and filled with defeat
Running for our lives at night out on those backstreets

Slow dancing in the dark on the beach at Stockton's Wing
Where desperate lovers park we sat with the last of the Duke Street Kings
Huddled in our cars waiting for the bells that ring
In the deep heart of the night to set us loose from everything
To go running on the backstreets, running on the backstreets
Well we swore we'd live forever
On the backstreets we'd take it together

Endless juke joints and Valentino drag
Where dancers scraped the tears up off the streets dressed down in rags
Running into the darkness, some hurt bad some really dying
At night sometimes it seemed you could hear that whole damn city crying
Blame it on the lies that killed us, on the truth that ran us down
You can blame it all on me Terry, it don't matter to me now
When the breakdown hit at midnight there was nothing left to say
'Cept I hated him and I hated you when you went away
Say yeah
Say yeah

Now laying here in the dark, you're like an angel on my chest
Just another tramp of hearts crying tears of faithlessness
Remember all the movies, Terry, that we'd go see
Trying to learn how to walk like the heroes we thought we had to be
Well after all this time to find we're just like all the rest
Stranded in the park and forced to confess
To hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
We swore forever friends
On the backstreets until the end

Till the end
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
It's alright
To go hiding on the backstreets tonight
Hiding on the backstreets, on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets, on the backstreets
On the backstreets, on the backstreets
On the backstreets
Yeah!
Whoah, oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
Whoah whoah whoah whoah


Page last updated: 10 Jul 2011

Info

The above lyrics are for the live 01 Jul 2000 performance of BACKSTREETS at Madison Square Garden in New York City, during The Reunion Tour.


Pass for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

Handwritten setlist for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

Ticket stub for the 01 Jul 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
[Taken from Brucebase]

This live 01 Jul 2000 performance of BACKSTREETS was not part of the 2001 HBO special (read below) and was not included on the Live In New York City album. However, it was included on the home video release.


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Live In New York City

The Reunion Tour wrapped up with a ten-night stand at Madison Square Gardens in New York City, between 12 June and 01 July 2000. Footage from the last three nights (27 Jun, 29 Jun, and 01 Jul 2000) was used in early 2001 for HBO's Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live In New York City TV special. Running at 90 minutes, the film consisted of a 14-song selection from the last two nights (29 Jun and 01 Jul 2000). It first aired on 07 Apr 2001 and was the first ever major televised Bruce Springsteen concert.

In 2001, HBO received six Emmy Award nominations and won two for their acclaimed film.

  • Nominee for "Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program"
  • Winner of "Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multicamera) for VMC Programming"
  • Nominee for "Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special"
  • Nominee for "Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special"
  • Winner of "Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special"
  • Nominee for "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special"

The full HBO broadcast was released on Live In New York City, both the album (released on 03 Apr 2001) and the home video (released on 06 Nov 2001). The album includes 6 bonus tracks (20 in all) and the home video includes an additional 5 plus one audio track that plays over the end credits (26 in all). These bonus tracks are taken from all three filmed nights (27 Jun, 29 Jun, and 01 Jul 2000) and were not part of the HBO broadcast.

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Live In New York City disc 1 track list (CD format):

  1. MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN [01 Jul 2000]
  2. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT [01 Jul 2000]
  3. TWO HEARTS [01 Jul 2000]
  4. ATLANTIC CITY [01 Jul 2000]
  5. MANSION ON THE HILL [01 Jul 2000]
  6. THE RIVER [01 Jul 2000]
  7. YOUNGSTOWN [29 Jun 2000]
  8. MURDER INCORPORATED [01 Jul 2000]
  9. BADLANDS [29 Jun 2000]
  10. OUT IN THE STREET [01 Jul 2000]
  11. BORN TO RUN [01 Jul 2000]

Live In New York City disc 2 track list (CD format):

  1. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  2. LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS [01 Jul 2000]
  3. AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [01 Jul 2000]
  4. LOST IN THE FLOOD [01 Jul 2000]
  5. BORN IN THE USA [01 Jul 2000]
  6. DON'T LOOK BACK [29 Jun 2000]
  7. JUNGLELAND [29 Jun 2000]
  8. RAMROD [01 Jul 2000]
  9. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]

Live In New York City disc 1 track list (DVD format) / original HBO broadcast:

  1. Crowd noise audio over program start
  2. MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN [01 Jul 2000]
  3. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT [01 Jul 2000]
  4. TWO HEARTS [01 Jul 2000]
  5. ATLANTIC CITY [01 Jul 2000]
  6. MANSION ON THE HILL [01 Jul 2000]
  7. THE RIVER [01 Jul 2000]
  8. YOUNGSTOWN [29 Jun 2000]
  9. MURDER INCORPORATED [01 Jul 2000]
  10. BADLANDS [29 Jun 2000]
  11. OUT IN THE STREET [01 Jul 2000]
  12. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  13. BORN TO RUN [01 Jul 2000]
  14. LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS [01 Jul 2000]
  15. AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) [01 Jul 2000]
    AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) audio snippet over closing credits [01 Jul 2000]

Live In New York City disc 1 track list (DVD format) / New York City Serenade featurette:

  • Interview with Bob Costas [unknown date]
  • BADLANDS snippet [29 Jun 2000]
  • PROVE IT ALL NIGHT snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • LIGHT OF DAY snippet [29 Jun 2000]
  • TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD snippet [rehearsal]
  • THE TIES THAT BIND snippet [29 Jun 2000]
  • ADAM RAISED A CAIN snippet [27 Jun 2000]
  • MURDER INCORPORATED snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • BACK IN YOUR ARMS snippet [27 Jun 2000]
  • BORN TO RUN snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • THE PROMISED LAND snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • BLOOD BROTHERS snippet [01 Jul 2000]
  • BLOOD BROTHERS audio snippet over closing credits [01 Jul 2000]

Live In New York City disc 2 track list (DVD format) / bonus tracks:

  1. Crowd noise audio over program start [unknown date]
  2. BACKSTREETS [01 Jul 2000]
  3. DON'T LOOK BACK [29 Jun 2000]
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN [29 Jun 2000]
  5. LOST IN THE FLOOD [01 Jul 2000]
  6. BORN IN THE USA [01 Jul 2000]
  7. JUNGLELAND [29 Jun 2000]
  8. LIGHT OF DAY [29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  9. THE PROMISE [01 Jul 2000]
  10. THUNDER ROAD [27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  11. RAMROD [01 Jul 2000]
  12. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 mixed]
  13. THE E STREET SHUFFLE (audio only playing over closing credits) [01 Jul 2000]

Live 2-track promo single:

  1. MY HOMETOWN [29 Jun 2000]
  2. THIS HARD LAND [29 Jun 2000]

The Essential Bruce Springsteen bonus disc:

Notes:

  • The Live In New York City album was released on CD, Super Audio CD, and vinyl. The home video was released on DVD and VHS.
     
  • Last three (not two) nights of The Reunion Tour (27 Jun 2000, 29 Jun 2000, and 01 Jul 2000) and a rehearsal were filmed.
     
  • Jonathan Demme reportedly directed an unreleased video of AMERICAN SKIN (41 SHOTS) during a pre-show rehearsal on 26 Jun 2000 at Madison Square Garden. Therefore, the rehearsal footage used in the Live In New York City DVD most probably took place on 26 Jun 2000 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY.
     
  • THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD snippet on the featurette is definitely from the rehearsal since it was not played on any of the three nights (27 Jun 2000, 29 Jun 2000, and 01 Jul 2000). What also supports this is the lack of audience shots/noise and camera flashes on the footage.
     
  • TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT is a mix of 29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000.
     
  • THUNDER ROAD is a mix of 27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000.
     
  • IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND from the Live In New York City DVD is a mix from the 27 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000 shows.
     
  • The credits at the end of disc 2 of the Live In New York City DVD state that footage from only the last two nights (29 Jun 2000 and 01 Jul 2000) was used. However, as mentioned above, THUNDER ROAD and IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND contain portions from the 27 Jun 2000 show.
     
  • The audio playing over the New York City Serenade featurette closing credits is the beginning of BLOOD BROTHERS, looped on itself over and over again, with no vocals but with crowd noise added. The music is the same as the version of that song that appears earlier in the featurette, which was recorded on 01 Jul 2000, so the audio snippet is most probably taken from that version.

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Credits

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