Bells Of San Salvador

BELLS OF SAN SALVADOR - V1 3:09 LM-10
BELLS OF SAN SALVADOR - V2 0:32 LM-10
Untitled Riff aka BELLS OF SAN SALVADOR - V3 1:17 LM-10
BELLS OF SAN SALVADOR - V4 3:07 private

Note: V1 and V2 are acoustic demos found on Lost Masters X, tracks 22-23, recorded at Springsteen's home in Colts Neck, NJ in late 1981, with incomplete lyrics. The title "They Killed Him In The Street" is likely incorrect, dubbed by the creators of Lost Masters, who titled v3 (track 11 on the same CD) as "Untitled Riff", when it ends with Springsteen speaking the words, "Bells Of San Salvador", which, along with an exact match of the music, and the information provided by Pete Russell (former administrator of Brucebase) on v4, makes this a confident identification. According to Pete, by April 1982, Springsteen had almost finished "Bells Of San Salvador", and recorded a band rehearsal. A "sinister and oppressive" song, it describes a 1979 massacre that took place on the steps of San Salvador cathedral in El Salvador. The song seems to be well developed, but where most of the songs rehearsed in early April were cut at The Power Station later that month, this one was not, and session logs indicate it was never recorded in the studio. Similar lyrics can also be found in Springsteen's adaptation of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Run Through The Jungle", which was performed live three times during the European leg of the River Tour.

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