Backstreets

One soft infested summer me and Terry became friends
Trying in vain to breathe the fire we was born in
Catching rides to the outskirts tying faith between our teeth
Sleeping in that old abandoned beach house getting wasted in the heat
And hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
With a love so hard and filled with defeat
Running for our lives at night on them backstreets
Slow dancing in the dark on the beach at Stockton's Wing
Where desperate lovers park we sat with the last of the Duke Street Kings
Huddled in our cars waiting for the bells that ring
In the deep heart of the night to set us loose from everything
to go running on the backstreets, running on the backstreets
We swore we'd live forever on the backstreets we take it together

Endless juke joints and Valentino drag where dancers scraped the tears up off the street dressed down in rags
Running into the darkness, some hurt bad some really dying
At night sometimes it seemed you could hear the whole damn city crying
Blame it on the lies that killed us
Blame it on the truth that ran us down
You can blame it all on me Terry
It don't matter to me now
When the breakdown hit at midnight
There was nothing left to say but I hated him and I hated you when you went away

Laying here in the dark you're like an angel on my chest
Just another tramp of hearts crying tears of faithlessness
Remember all the movies, Terry, we'd go see
Trying to learn how to walk like heroes we thought we had to be
And after all this time to find we're just like all the rest
Stranded in the park and forced to confess
To hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
We swore forever friends on the backstreets until the end
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
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Notes

One of the most popular song among the fans according to most polls. During the late Seventies it featured an emotional interlude usually referred to as "Sad Eyes" which used some of the lines from "Drive All Night".

Chords

Live history

"Backstreets" has been performed live a total of 451 times.
First known performance:
1975-08-08, Akron, OH
Born to Run Tour
Last known performance:
2017-02-25, Auckland, New Zealand
Summer '17 Tour

Release history

Total releases: 7
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Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run, album, 1975-09-01
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live 1975-85, live, 1986-11-04
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live in New York City, movie, 2001-11-06
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Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run 30th Anniversary Edition, rerelease, 2005-11-15
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Hammersmith Odeon, London, '75, live, 2006-02-28
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Bruce Springsteen, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story, rerelease, 2010-11-16
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Bruce Springsteen, The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984, rerelease, 2014-11-17