Lovers In The Cold

WALKING IN THE STREET - V1 uncirculating
WALKING IN THE STREET - V3 uncirculating

Note: "Lovers In The Cold", interchangeable with it's other title, "Walking In the Street" was first worked on V1 on around August 10, 1974, and then a rough, clearly unfinished V2 was recorded October 16-17, 1974 at 914 Sound Studios. In January 1975, Bruce decided to move the following lyrics to a composition called "Wings For Wheels". The line, "they case the promised land" and verse, "Oh baby I can't lay the stars at your feet, but I think we could take it all, just you and me, Oh come on and see there's a lot of room, For you baby in this front seat". Then in March, he took the main coda of Walking In the Street, and used it as the instrumental outro of "Wings for Wheels", which became "Thunder Road".

It seemed that there was nothing left, but "Walking" refused to die. The one recording made from 1974 appeared in the first Springsteen studio bootleg, "E Ticket" by Ruthless Rhymes Records, described as "a totally unreleased song from the Born to Run sessions". This was the first of an almost endless stream of bootlegs it appeared on as both "Walking In the Street(s)" and "Lovers In the Cold", like Born In the Studio, War And Roses - The Definitive Born To Run Outtakes Collection, and Running Out Of Innocence.

Springsteen mentioned in interview in 1999 that he had wanted to release this song on Tracks but they were unable to locate the completed take in the archives – so whether V3 has been misplaced, misfiled or accidentally destroyed remains a mystery. The Wings For Wheels documentary (at about 40:55) shows a Record Plant reel with a label that indicates that at least two complete takes of "Walking In The Street" were recorded on May 28, 1975. This could well be the missing reel, but we can't be certain. Springsteen later taped a rehearsal at Monmouth Post Theater in January 1999, perhaps with a view to recording and issuing "Walking In The Street" on 18 Tracks alongside "The Promise". This suggests he never completed it in 1975.

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