Jungleland

The rangers had a homecoming in Harlem late last night
And the Magic Rat drove his sleek machine over the Jersey state line
Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a Dodge
Drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain
The Rat pulls into town rolls up his pants
Together they take a stab at romance and disappear down Flamingo Lane
Well the Maximum Lawman run down Flamingo chasing the Rat and the barefoot girl
And the kids round here look just like shadows always quiet, holding hands
From the churches to the jails tonight all is silence in the world
As we take our stand down in Jungleland
The midnight gang's assembled and picked a rendezvous for the night
They'll meet `neath that giant Exxon sign that brings this fair city light
Man there's an opera out on the Turnpike
There's a ballet being fought out in the alley
Until the local cops, Cherry Tops, rips this holy night
The street's alive as secret debts are paid
Contacts made, they vanished unseen
Kids flash guitars just like switch-blades hustling for the record machine
The hungry and the hunted explode into rock'n'roll bands
That face off against each other out in the street down in Jungleland

In the parking lot the visionaries dress in the latest rage
Inside the backstreet girls are dancing to the records that the D.J. plays
Lonely-hearted lovers struggle in dark corners
Desperate as the night moves on, just a look and a whisper, and they're gone

Beneath the city two hearts beat
Soul engines running through a night so tender in a bedroom locked
In whispers of soft refusal and then surrender in the tunnels uptown
The Rat's own dream guns him down as shots echo down them hallways in the night
No one watches when the ambulance pulls away
Or as the girl shuts out the bedroom light
Outside the street's on fire in a real death waltz
Between flesh and what's fantasy and the poets down here
Don't write nothing at all, they just stand back and let it all be
And in the quick of the night they reach for their moment
And try to make an honest stand but they wind up wounded, not even dead
Tonight in Jungleland
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Notes

Chords

Live history

"Jungleland" has been performed live a total of 562 times.
First known performance:
1974-07-13, New York, NY
The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle Tour
Last known performance:
2017-02-16, Brisbane, Australia
Summer '17 Tour

Release history

Total releases: 11
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Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run, album, 1975-09-01
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live in New York City, live, 2001-04-03
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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, The Essential Bruce Springsteen, compilation, 2003-11-04
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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 E Street Band, London Calling: Live in Hyde Park, movie, 2010-06-22
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Various artists, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert, various artists, 2010-09-28
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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
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Bruce Springsteen, The Ties that Bind: The River Collection, rerelease, 2015-12-04