Walking In The Street

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 August 10, 1974, V1, and then a rough, clearly unfinished V2 was recorded on October 16-17, 1974 at 914 Sound Studios. In January 1975, Bruce decided to move the following lyrics to another composition called "Wings For Wheels"; the line, "they case the promised land" and the 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 In the Street" refused to die. It first appeared on one of the earliest Springsteen studio bootlegs, '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 with either "Walking In the Street(s)" or "Lovers In the Cold", such as 'Born In the Studio', 'War And Roses - The Definitive Born To Run Outtakes Collection', and 'Running Out Of Innocence' by Godfatherecords.

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, designated V3 (see illustration). This could well be the reel holding the takes from that session, but Sony and Springsteen are unable to locate it. Springsteen later taped a rehearsal at Monmouth Post Theater in January 1999, perhaps with a view to issuing a fresh recording of "Walking In the Street" on 18 Tracks alongside "The Promise". Springsteen commented to Mark Hagen of Mojo magazine in 1999, "There was another [track] called 'Walking In The Street' which I would have liked to have put on [Tracks], but I couldn't find the master. We searched and searched. It might have been simply recorded over, because in those days, if something wasn't going to make it, you're going to need that tape so you recorded something else over the top." On May 28, he spent the day recording at least twenty takes of 'The Heist', while there is no record of "Walking In the Street" in the studio logs.

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