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Incident On 57th Street

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First time played on: 29/01/1974

Latest time played on: 22/01/2017


Bruce Springsteen Sings the Alphabet

Episode: Incident On 57th Street


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Spanish Johnny drove in from the underworld last night
With bruised arms and broken rhythm in a beat-up old Buick
But dressed just like dynamite
He tried sellin' his heart to the hard girls over on Easy Street
But they sighed "Johnny it falls apart so easy and you know hearts these days are cheap"
And the pimps swung their axes and said "Johnny you're a cheater."
Well the pimps swung their axes and said "Johnny you're a liar"
And from out of the shadows came a young girl's voice said: "Johnny don't cry"

Puerto Rican Jane, oh won't you tell me what's your name.
I want to drive you down to the other side of town where paradise ain't so crowded, there'll be action goin' down on Shanty Lane tonight
All them golden-heeled fairies in a real bitch fight
Pull .38s and kiss the girls good night

Oh good night, it's alright Jane
Now let them black boys in to light the soul flame
We may find it out on the street tonight baby
Or we may walk until the daylight maybe

Well like a cool Romeo he made his moves, oh she looked so fine
Like a late Juliet she knew he'd never be true but then she really didn't mind
Upstairs a band was playin', the singer was singin' something about goin' home
She whispered, "Spanish Johnny, you can leave me tonight but just don't leave me alone"

And Johnny cried "Puerto Rican Jane, word is down the cops have found the vein"
Oh them barefoot boys left their homes for the woods
Them little barefoot street boys they say homes ain't no good
They left the corners, threw away all their switchblade knives and kissed each other good-bye

Johnny was sittin' on the fire escape watchin' the kids playin' down the street
He called down "Hey little heroes, summer's long but I guess it ain't very sweet around here anymore"
Janey sleeps in sheets damp with sweat, Johnny sits up alone and watches her dream on, dream on
And the sister prays for lost souls, then breaks down in the chapel after everyone's gone

Jane moves over to share her pillow but opens her eyes to see Johnny up and putting his clothes on
She says "Those romantic young boys
All they ever want to do is fight"
Those romantic young boys

They're callin' through the window
"Hey Spanish Johnny, you want to make a little easy money tonight?"
And Johnny whispered:
Good night, it's all tight Jane
I'll meet you tomorrow night on Lover's Lane
We may find it out on the street tonight baby
Or we may walk until the daylight maybe
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29/01/1974Muther's music Emporium, Nashville, TNUnited States
03/03/1974Gaston Hall Georgetown University, Washington, DCUnited States
28/07/1974Tucson Community Center, Tucson, AZUnited States
30/07/1974The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CAUnited States
14/08/1974Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJUnited States
20/09/1974Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PAUnited States
04/10/1974David Geffen Hall, New York, NYUnited States
05/10/1974Allbright College, Reading, PAUnited States
06/10/1974Clark University, Worcester, MAUnited States
11/10/1974Shady Grove Music Fair, Gaithersburg, MDUnited States
12/10/1974Princeton University, Princeton, NJUnited States
18/10/1974Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJUnited States
19/10/1974Union College, Schenectady, NYUnited States
20/10/1974Dickinson College, Carlisle, PAUnited States
26/10/1974Paramount Theater, Springfield, MAUnited States
29/10/1974Music Hall, Boston, MAUnited States
01/11/1974Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PAUnited States
08/11/1974Ritz Music Hall, Corpus Christi, TXUnited States
16/11/1974American University, Washington, DCUnited States
17/11/1974University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VAUnited States
22/11/1974West Chester College, West Chester, PAUnited States
23/11/1974Salem State College, Salem, MAUnited States
29/11/1974War Memorial, Trenton, NJUnited States
06/12/1974State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJUnited States
07/12/1974Hobart College, Geneva, NYUnited States
08/12/1974University of Vermont, Burlington, VTUnited States
05/02/1975The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PAUnited States
06/02/1975Widener College, Chester, PAUnited States
07/02/1975Widener College, Chester, PAUnited States
18/02/1975John Carroll University, Cleveland, OHUnited States
19/02/1975Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PAUnited States
23/02/1975NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NYUnited States
07/03/1975Painters Mill Music Fair, Owing Mills, MDUnited States
08/03/1975Constitution Hall, Washington, DCUnited States
09/03/1975Constitution Hall, Washington, DCUnited States
20/07/1975Palace Theatre, Providence, RIUnited States
22/07/1975Geneva Theatre, Geneva, NYUnited States
25/07/1975Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PAUnited States
26/07/1975Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PAUnited States
28/07/1975Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Washington, DCUnited States
29/07/1975Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Washington, DCUnited States
01/08/1975Altria Theater, Richmond, VAUnited States
02/08/1975Chrysler Theatre, Norfolk, VAUnited States
08/08/1975Civic Theatre, Akron, OHUnited States
09/08/1975Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PAUnited States
10/08/1975Civic Theatre, Canton, OHUnited States
06/09/1975Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts, New Orleans, LAUnited States
12/09/1975Municipal Auditorium, Austin, TXUnited States
13/09/1975Music Hall, Houston, TXUnited States
14/09/1975Music Hall, Houston, TXUnited States
16/09/1975Convention Centre, Dallas, TXUnited States
20/09/1975Grinnell College, Grinnell, IAUnited States
21/09/1975Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MNUnited States
11/10/1975Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJUnited States
05/04/1976Ohio Theatre, Columbus, OHUnited States
07/04/1976Allen Theatre, Cleveland, OHUnited States
08/04/1976Allen Theatre, Cleveland, OHUnited States
09/04/1976Colgate University, Hamilton, NYUnited States
10/04/1976Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CTUnited States
13/04/1976Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PAUnited States
15/04/1976Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PAUnited States
17/04/1976University of Rochester, Rochester, NYUnited States
22/04/1976Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksberg, VAUnited States
26/04/1976Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, TNUnited States
29/04/1976Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, TNUnited States
27/10/1976The Spectrum Arena, Philadelphia, PAUnited States
19/02/1977Civic Center, St. Paul, MNUnited States
23/03/1977Music Hall, Boston, MAUnited States
24/03/1977Music Hall, Boston, MAUnited States
25/03/1977Music Hall, Boston, MAUnited States
16/09/1978Palladium, New York, NYUnited States
17/09/1978Palladium, New York, NYUnited States
20/09/1978Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJUnited States
21/09/1978Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJUnited States
25/09/1978Boston Garden, Boston, MAUnited States
01/10/1978Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GAUnited States
29/12/1980Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NYUnited States
25/09/1999First Union Center, Philadelphia, PAUnited States
23/10/1999Staples Center, Los Angeles, CAUnited States
04/05/2000Air Canada Centre, TorontoCanada
22/06/2000Madison Square Garden, New York, NYUnited States
07/12/2001Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
08/12/2001Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
24/09/2002Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MOUnited States
06/10/2002First Union Center, Philadelphia, PAUnited States
16/10/2002Palau Sant Jordi, BarcelonaSpain
20/10/2002Velodrom, BerlinGermany
24/10/2002Globen, StockholmSweden
27/10/2002Wembley Arena, LondonGreat Britain
03/11/2002American Airlines Center, Dallas, TXUnited States
16/11/2002Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NCUnited States
24/11/2002Ice Palace, Tampa, FLUnited States
14/04/2003Skyreach Centre, EdmontonCanada
19/04/2003Bell Centre, MontrealCanada
06/05/2003Stadion Feijenoord, RotterdamNetherlands
25/06/2003Ernst Happel Stadium, ViennaAustria
11/08/2003Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PAUnited States
18/09/2003Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CTUnited States
02/05/2005Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CAUnited States
11/05/2005Rosemont Theatre, Chicago, ILUnited States
15/05/2005CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OHUnited States
17/05/2005Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PAUnited States
06/06/2005Palalottomatica Sport Palace, RomeItaly
16/06/2005Phillipshalle, DsseldorfGermany
22/06/2005Forum, CopenhagenDenmark
23/06/2005Scandinavium, GothenburgSweden
23/07/2005Philips Arena, Atlanta, GAUnited States
07/10/2005Civic Center, Hartford, CTUnited States
15/10/2005Dane County Arena @ Alliant Center, Madison, WIUnited States
24/10/2005Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VAUnited States
08/11/2005Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PAUnited States
06/10/2007Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PAUnited States
10/10/2007Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJUnited States
15/10/2007Air Canada Centre, TorontoCanada
02/11/2007Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MNUnited States
28/11/2007Mediolanum Forum, MilanItaly
10/03/2008Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NYUnited States
24/03/2008Schottenstein Center, Columbus, OHUnited States
05/04/2008HP Pavilion, San Jose, CAUnited States
21/06/2008Volksparkstadion, HamburgGermany
15/07/2008Estadio de Anoeta, San SebastinSpain
31/07/2008Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJUnited States
23/05/2009Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJUnited States
14/07/2009Hampden Park, GlasgowGreat Britain
21/09/2009Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IAUnited States
07/11/2009Madison Square Garden, New York, NYUnited States
04/11/2011Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Pittsburgh, PAUnited States
14/01/2012Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
12/04/2012The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MIUnited States
05/07/2012AccorHotels Arena, ParisFrance
24/08/2012Rogers Centre , TorontoCanada
21/09/2012MetLife Stadium , East Rutherford, NJUnited States
25/10/2012XL Center, Hartford, CTUnited States
17/11/2012Sprint Center, Kansas City, MOUnited States
06/12/ Arena, Glendale, AZUnited States
16/03/2013Brisbane Entertainment Centre, BrisbaneAustralia
31/03/2013Hanging Rock, Mount MacedonAustralia
11/07/2013Rock in Roma, RomeItaly
26/02/2014Brisbane Entertainment Centre, BrisbaneAustralia
22/05/2014Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Pittsburgh, PAUnited States
29/05/2016Croke Park, DublinIreland
11/07/2016AccorHotels Arena, ParisFrance
30/08/2016MetLife Stadium , East Rutherford, NJUnited States
01/09/2016Nationals Park , Washington, DCUnited States
05/09/2016Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VAUnited States
07/09/2016Citizens Bank Park , Philadelphia, PAUnited States
11/09/2016PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PAUnited States
14/09/2016Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MAUnited States
22/01/2017Perth Arena, PerthAustralia