Downbound Train

DOWNBOUND TRAIN - V1 1:11 FFOD / HNWB
DOWNBOUND TRAIN - V2 0.34 LM-10
DOWNBOUND TRAIN - V3 2:22 LM-1 / HNWB / MT2 / ESRR
DOWNBOUND TRAIN - V4a 3:17 THLRR / BUERM / TDB
DOWNBOUND TRAIN - V4b 3:18 LM-19 / GS
DOWNBOUND TRAIN - V4c 3:29 BITUSA
DOWNBOUND TRAIN - V5 uncirculating

Note: Whether you listen to "Downbound Train" as a song, or read it as poetry, it is a great example of why Bruce Springsteen was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999. V1-V2 were recorded at Springsteen's home in Colts Neck, NJ in late 1981, brief demos which include the closing lines of both the Nebraska take and the final Born In The USA album version. V2 is just harmonies, with no lyrical content. V3 is a full, acoustic run through of the song on January 3, 1982, with the patented Nebraska ending.Described by Springsteen in his notes to Jon Landau as an "uptempo rocker for full effect / needs band / could be exciting". V4 was recorded with the E Street Band at The Power Station, on April 27-28, May 3 and May 5-6, 1982, during the "Electric Nebraska Sessions". All three are different mixes of the same recording. Both V4a and V4b feature Springsteen's vocal count-in, a small lyrical variation in the first verse left over from the acoustic demo ("laid off down at the auto yard", rather than "lumber yard"), some vocal howls in the mid-section, more up-front acoustic guitar over the final verse, and a shorter fade-out. The acoustic guitar is perhaps slightly lower in the V4B mix. Even after the song was cut in 1982, Bruce returned to "Downbound Train" on V5 February 3, 1983 at Thrill Hill West, Los Angeles, his Hollywood Hills garage studio.

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