New Fast Song

THE FAST SONG - V1 2:54 LM-2 / DO-3 / UP / AM / DDO / DDOC
THE FAST SONG - V2a 2:32 DO-3
THE FAST SONG - V2b 2:58 UP / GT / DO-2 / AM / SOTE
THE FAST SONG - V2c 3:01 UP / ODM / HOD / DO-2 / SOTE
THE FAST SONG - V2d 3:04 LM-3 / UP / AM / DDO / MT1 / LUTHER
NEW FAST SONG - V3 uncirculating
CANDY'S ROOM - V5a take 13 2:41 ODM / HOD / UP / AM

Note: "God's Angels", alternately named "The Fast Song", was a fast-paced melody written over several months, starting in spring 1977. For many nights on the last legs of the Lawsuit Tour, Bruce interpolated the lyrics of "God's Angels" into "Backstreets". When he got to Atlantic Studios, New York on June 1, he had music and additional lyrics written. It was included on a "Ruffs" cassette tape (prepared by engineer Thom Panunzio for Bruce to take with him after sessions), dubbed the 'Star Wars' tape, with tracks from the first days at Atlantic. Backing track V1 was recorded in early June. The lyrics heard in V2a can only be found in very poor quality on 'Darkness Outtakes Volume 3 (The Promise)', but features an incredible searing guitar solo, strangely never to be heard again. "I wish God's angels would tear this town down, blow it into the sea, and that's okay with me" stayed with the song, perhaps until the final takes and mixing of "Candy's Room" in March 1978, when it was removed. V1 and 2a–2d were worked on June 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, 20 and 24, and again on August 24 and September 1–2, 1977, with lyrics slightly changing throughout.

After September 2, 1977, the last time "The Fast Song" and "Candy's Boy" would appear on session logs, Bruce decided to re-organize them into the "New Fast Song", worked on September 27–28. A handwritten lyric sheet titled "New Fast Song (Candy)" illustrates this. He took the first verse of "Candy's Boy", the second verse from "The Fast Song", lines from "Frankie", and added new lyrics (i.e. "we kiss," instead of "I got caught," at the start of Max's drum roll). The third verse was mainly adapted from "The Fast Song". The lyrics contain several lines that did not survive to the album track V5. "I get visions of avenging angels of Eden with their white horses and flaming swords can blow this whole town into the sea" is from "God's Angels-Fast Song", and "they cant touch Candy and me, our love they cannot destroy, I will forever be Candy's boy" is mostly from "Candy's Boy".

A film clip shot by Barry Rebo on September 30, 1977 appeared on the Thrill Hill Vault DVD/Blu-ray of The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set. It is a short segment from Record Plant Studios, of Bruce playing "Candy's Room Demo" V4 on the piano for Jon Landau. The lyrics are entirely different, and describe a magical house at the edge of town, with Candy waiting for him in the window. The next dates are October 27 and December 12, 1977, and then a marathon overdub/mixing session, from March 3 to March 5, 1978, which finally concluded with take 42 (V5b) selected for Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

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