Candy's Room Demo

The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story - Thrill Hill Vault 2010


"God's Angels", alternately named "The Fast Song", was a fast-paced melody written by Bruce around May 1977 and developed at Atlantic Studios, New York during June. Though studio logs show the first take was on June 6, evidence exists that it was recorded on June 1 at Atlantic Studios, the first day of sessions. Instrumental track V1 was worked on June 6, 9, or 10. 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 because I don't care"; V2b was worked on June 13, 14, 20 and 24, and again (V2c and V2d) on August 24, September 1 and 2, 1977, and lyrics slightly change ": "I wish God's angels would tear this town down and blow it into the sea, man that's alright with me I don't care anymore". There is no ironclad proof of this chronology, it could be the other way around. All of these lines were blown into the sea on September 27.

In the Thrill Hill Vault DVD/Blu-ray on The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, there is a short segment with Bruce and Jon Landau in the Record Plant, as Bruce plays for Jon new lyrics he has written for "Candy's Room Demo"; these are entirely new, and describe a magical house at the edge of town, with Candy waiting for him in the window. One has to conclude that this took place around September 10, 1977, just before Bruce decided to re-organize "The Fast Song" into "Candy's Room", giving his obsession (Candy) the home she deserves, in one of his best musical constructs, "The Fast Song".

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