Working On The Highway

WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY - V1 3:25 private
WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY - V2 3:18 MI / THLRR / BUERM / TDB
WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY - V3 3:35 private cdr
WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY - V4a 3:09 LM-19 / UH / GS
WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY - V4b 3:10 BITUSA

Note: Springsteen took the lyrics of January 1982's "Child Bride" and wrote an entirely new rock melody to create "Working On The Highway". V1 is a Colts Neck band rehearsal from April 1982. Fascinatingly this take has a completely different final verse from both "Child Bride" and the final studio take of "Working On The Highway". In this verse the protagonist suggests that he wants to see her father to say "my love is pure and true", but first he must "drop a two lane blacktop from here to Timbuktu". There are also a few minor lyrical elements left over from "Child Bride", for example parts of lines three and four are reversed, as they are in the Nebraska outtake. V2-V4 recorded at The Power Station, on April 30 and May 6, 1982, during the "Electric Nebraska Sessions".

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