Outside Looking In

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN - V1 2:25 DDO / DO-1 / LES / MT1 / AM / EC
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN - V2 2:16 PROMISE

Note: V1 recorded at Atlantic Studios on June 1, 1977, a year before the Buddy Holly Story came out. This is a very rough early take with an uneven mix, but the scheme of Springsteen singing a line, then muttering under his breath, is unique and pretty good if you listen to it enough. "So now (the times that we had), I ain't sorry (feeling just too mad), You walk real pretty and you talk real fine, but night after night we're on the line, my life's the same story, again and again, I'm on the outside looking in". V2 is more produced, the lyrics re-written and some of the magic gone, but still packs a punch. Recorded September 27, 1977 at The Record Plant, it did not circulate until it was released (said to be untouched) on "The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story" in 2010. Springsteen is pissed, "You've got all the answers, you and your friends, I'm on the outside looking in", and the final verse, "Those pretty eyes that they all adore, but baby not me, not anymore, I do what I want to, I'll be what I am, I'm on the outside looking in". Performed live once, in December 2010, when "The Promise" was released. Why? Everybody knows the song by now, it has been bootlegged numerous times for over thirty years; who knows, the crowd might sing along.

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