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Balboa Park

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First time played on: 21/11/1995

Latest time played on: 26/05/1997

Podcast

Bruce Springsteen Sings the Alphabet

Episode: Balboa Park

Source: www.alphabeticalspringsteen.com

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Lyrics

He lay his blanket underneath the freeway
As the evening sky grew dark
Took a sniff of toncho from his coke can
And headed through Balboa Park
Where the men in their Mercedes
Come nightly to employ
In the cool San Diego evening
The services of the border boys


He grew up near the Zona Norte
With the hustlers and smugglers he hung out with
He swallowed their balloons of cocaine
Brought 'em across the Twelfth Street strip
Sleeping in a shelter
If the night got too cold
Runnin' from the migra
Of the border patrol


Past the salvage yard 'cross the train tracks
and in through the storm drain
they stretched their blankets out 'neath the freeway
and each one took a name
there was X-man and Cochise
Little Spider his sneakers covered in river mud
they come north to California
end up with the poison in their blood


He did what he had to do for the money
sometimes he sent home what he could spare
the rest went to high-top sneakers and toncho
and jeans like the gavachos wear

One night the border patrol swept Twelfth Street
a big car come fast down the boulevard
spider stood caught in its headlights
got hit and went down hard

As the car sped away Spider held his stomach
limped to his blanket 'neath the underpass
lie there tasting his own blood on his tongue
closed his eyes and listened to the cars
rushin' by so fast
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21/11/1995State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJUnited States
22/11/1995Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJUnited States
26/11/1995Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CAUnited States
27/11/1995Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CAUnited States
29/11/1995Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CAUnited States
30/11/1995Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CAUnited States
03/12/1995Rosemont Theatre, Chicago, ILUnited States
05/12/1995Constitution Hall, Washington, DCUnited States
06/12/1995Constitution Hall, Washington, DCUnited States
08/12/1995Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PAUnited States
09/12/1995Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PAUnited States
12/12/1995Beacon Theater, New York, NYUnited States
13/12/1995Beacon Theater, New York, NYUnited States
15/12/1995Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MAUnited States
16/12/1995Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MAUnited States
17/12/1995Beacon Theater, New York, NYUnited States
07/01/1996Place des Arts, MontrealCanada
08/01/1996Massey Hall, TorontoCanada
10/01/1996Fox Theatre, Detroit, MIUnited States
11/01/1996Fox Theatre, Detroit, MIUnited States
12/01/1996Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, OHUnited States
16/01/1996Music Hall, Cleveland, OHUnited States
17/01/1996Music Hall, Cleveland, OHUnited States
18/01/1996Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MOUnited States
22/01/1996Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LAUnited States
23/01/1996Jesse Jones Hall, Houston, TXUnited States
25/01/1996Music Hall, Austin, TXUnited States
26/01/1996Bronco Bowl, Dallas, TXUnited States
28/01/1996Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GAUnited States
12/02/1996Alte Opera, Frankfurt am MainGermany
14/02/1996Kulturpalast, DresdenGermany
15/02/1996Rudi Sedlmayer Halle, MunichGermany
17/02/1996CCH Halle 1, HamburgGermany
18/02/1996Phillipshalle, DsseldorfGermany
21/02/1996Le Znith de Paris, ParisFrance
22/02/1996Le Znith de Paris, ParisFrance
25/02/1996De Doelen, RotterdamNetherlands
26/02/1996Carr, AmsterdamNetherlands
28/02/1996Apollo Theatre, ManchesterGreat Britain
29/02/1996Symphony Hall, BirminghamGreat Britain
02/03/1996City Hall, NewcastleGreat Britain
03/03/1996Playhouse Theatre, EdinburghGreat Britain
13/03/1996The Cirkus, StockholmSweden
14/03/1996Spektrum, OsloNorway
16/03/1996Falkoner-Teatret, CopenhagenDenmark
19/03/1996Kings Hall, BelfastGreat Britain
20/03/1996The Point, DublinIreland
10/04/1996Auditorium S.Cecilia, RomeItaly
11/04/1996Teatro Smeraldo, MilanItaly
13/04/1996Teatro Carlo Felice, GenovaItaly
16/04/1996Royal Albert Hall, LondonGreat Britain
17/04/1996Royal Albert Hall, LondonGreat Britain
19/04/1996ICC, BerlinGermany
20/04/1996Queen Elizabeth Hall, AntwerpBelgium
22/04/1996Royal Albert Hall, LondonGreat Britain
24/04/1996Brixton Academy, LondonGreat Britain
25/04/1996Brixton Academy, LondonGreat Britain
27/04/1996Royal Albert Hall, LondonGreat Britain
30/04/1996Palais de Congres, StrasbourgFrance
01/05/1996Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, BrusselBelgium
02/05/1996Kongresshaus, ZurichSwitzerland
06/05/1996Teatre Tvoli, BarcelonaSpain
07/05/1996Teatre Tvoli, BarcelonaSpain
08/05/1996Palacio de Congresos, MadridSpain
16/09/1996Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PAUnited States
18/09/1996Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CTUnited States
19/09/1996Performing Arts Center, Providence, RIUnited States
24/09/1996Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MIUnited States
01/10/1996Braden Auditorium, Normal, ILUnited States
02/10/1996Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WIUnited States
03/10/1996Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MNUnited States
15/10/1996Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, UTUnited States
16/10/1996Paramount Theatre, Denver, COUnited States
17/10/1996Paramount Theatre, Denver, COUnited States
19/10/1996Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NMUnited States
21/10/1996Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZUnited States
22/10/1996Civic Theatre, San Diego, CAUnited States
25/10/1996Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara, CAUnited States
26/10/1996Event Center Arena, San Jose, CAUnited States
28/10/1996Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, ORUnited States
29/10/1996Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WAUnited States
08/11/1996St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold, NJUnited States
12/11/1996Shea\'s Perf. Arts Center, Buffalo, NYUnited States
13/11/1996Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, NYUnited States
14/11/1996Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, MAUnited States
19/11/1996North Auditorium, Memphis, TNUnited States
20/11/1996The Louisville Palace, Louisville, KYUnited States
21/11/1996Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, INUnited States
02/12/1996Sunrise Musical Theater, Sunrise, FLUnited States
03/12/1996Sunrise Musical Theater, Sunrise, FLUnited States
05/12/1996Township Auditorium, Columbia, SCUnited States
06/12/1996Jefferson Civic Centre, Birmingham, ALUnited States
10/12/1996Music Hall, Cincinnati, OHUnited States
11/12/1996Veteran\'s Auditorium, Columbus, OHUnited States
12/12/1996Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TNUnited States
14/12/1996Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NCUnited States
27/01/1997Tokyo International Forum Hall, TokyoJapan
29/01/1997Tokyo International Forum Hall, TokyoJapan
30/01/1997Tokyo International Forum Hall, TokyoJapan
31/01/1997Tokyo International Forum Hall, TokyoJapan
04/02/1997Concert Hall, BrisbaneAustralia
05/02/1997Concert Hall, BrisbaneAustralia
07/02/1997Capitol Theatre, SydneyAustralia
08/02/1997Capitol Theatre, SydneyAustralia
10/02/1997Capitol Theatre, SydneyAustralia
11/02/1997Capitol Theatre, SydneyAustralia
15/02/1997The Palais, MelbourneAustralia
16/02/1997The Palais, MelbourneAustralia
06/05/1997Austria Center, ViennaAustria
07/05/1997Austria Center, ViennaAustria
09/05/1997Sala Congresowa, WarsawPoland
10/05/1997Sala Congresowa, WarsawPoland
12/05/1997Congress Center, PragueCzech Republic
15/05/1997Auditorium M.Ravel, LyonFrance
16/05/1997Opera Berlioz-Le Corum, MontpellierFrance
18/05/1997Acropolis, NiceFrance
19/05/1997Le Zenith-Omega, ToulonFrance
21/05/1997Teatro Verdi, FlorenceItaly
22/05/1997Teatro Augusteo, NaplesItaly
25/05/1997Palais des congrs de Paris, ParisFrance
26/05/1997Palais des congrs de Paris, ParisFrance