4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) - V1 5:47 US5 / BIS / ROOI / SA914 / ET / ETRJ
4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) - V2 5:35 PS / EY / ROOI / SA914
4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) - V3 5:31 WIESS / ESSENTIAL / CHAPTER / 1975 German single

Note: A song destined to be special to all people of New Jersey, especially those who remember the summers of the mid-70s at the Jersey shore. First known studio take on August 9, 1973, which turned out to be the second to last session for WIESS. Recorded V1, the instrumental backing track, and V2, the original take, with "Now, Sandy, them northern angels lost their desire for us, I spoke with them last night, they won't set themselves on fire for us anymore, still, when the weather gets hot, they ride that crazy road down from heaven on their Harleys every season they come and they go, dressed like stars in all them cheap little seaside bars, they're parked with their babies out on the Kokomo…love me tonight and I promise I'll love you forever….". V3 is the album version, mostly from August 9, but with overdubs and mixing on September 23, 1973, including Bruce adding a new final verse, with "nicer" lyrics. When he played back, "I promise you I'll love you—forever?", he must have instantly decided it had to be redone…but then he did it again on the overdub! No wonder she dumped him. He changed the words in the live set at The Main Point on October 31.

Written in early 1973 at Diane Lozito's Bradley Beach house, it was, according to Bruce, "a good-bye to my adopted hometown and the life I'd lived there before I recorded. Sandy was a composite of some of the girls I'd known along the Shore. I used the boardwalk and the closing down of the town as a metaphor for the end of a summer romance and the changes I was experiencing in my own life". At Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford, CT, on April 23, 1973, '4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)' opened the set, the earliest confirmed performance of the song. Brucebase reader Ed was present, and says: "I know Bruce opened with "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)", but the rest of the show is just a blur. No one in the audience had ever heard Bruce before, and the crowd loved him! He ended up doing about 45 minutes of encores, and finally had to leave the stage so Richie Havens could perform. Throughout the Richie Havens show people kept calling for Bruce!"

Diane says she was Sandy, along with the Thundercrack girl and Rosalita.

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