BORN TO RUN

Album version


In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages on Highway 9, chrome-wheeled, fuel-injected, and stepping out over the line
Whoah baby, this town rips the bones from your back, it's a death trap
It's a suicide rap, we gotta get out while we're young
'Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run
Yes girl, we were

Wendy, let me in, I wanna be your friend, I wanna guard your dreams and visions
Just wrap your legs 'round these velvet rims and strap your hands across my engines
Together we could break this trap, we'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back
Whoah, will you walk with me out on the wire
'Cause baby I'm just a scared and lonely rider but I gotta know how it feels
I wanna know if love is wild, baby, I wanna know if love is real
Oh can you show me

Huh! Now!

Beyond the Palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard
The girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors and the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rises bold and stark, kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
I wanna die with you, Wendy, on the street tonight in an everlasting kiss
Huh!

One, two, three, four!
The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive
Everybody's out on the run tonight but there's no place left to hide
Together, Wendy, we can live with the sadness, I'll love you with all the madness in my soul
Whoah, someday girl, I don't know when
We're gonna get to that place where we really want to go and we'll walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us, baby we were born to run
Ah honey, tramps like us, baby we were born to run
Come on Wendy, tramps like us, baby we were born to run
Whoah whoah whoah-whoah
Hmm hmm hmm-hmm
Oh-oh oh whoah whoah whoah-whoah
Whoah oh oh oh whoah
Hmm hmm hmm-hmm
Whoah whoah whoah-whoah
Whoah whoah whoah-whoah
Whoah oh oh oh whoah


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Info

BORN TO RUN is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1975 album Born To Run. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of BORN TO RUN as released in 1975.

The album version of BORN TO RUN was included on the Greatest Hits (1995 edition) compilation album, The Essential Bruce Springsteen (both 2003 and 2015 editions) compilation album, the Greatest Hits (2009 editions) compilation album, and the Collection: 1973-2012 album.

Composition and Recording

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Born To Run

The Born To Run recording sessions can be divided into two phases: the 1974 sessions and the 1975 sessions. The first phase consisted of scattered sessions conducted between May and October 1974 at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, NY, while Springsteen and the band were still in the midst of The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle Tour. When the lengthy tour came to an end in March 1975, the recording sessions continued at The Record Plant in New York City, NY, in March 1975 and lasted till July. 914 Sound Studios was Mike Appel's studio of choice, but The Record Plant was advised by Springsteen's friend and future manager Jon Landau. All tracks on the Born To Run album, except the title track, were recorded during these Mar-Jul 1975 sessions.

Born To Run was commercially released on Columbia Records 01 Sep 1975. Note that a small quantity of blank label, advanced promo copies (known as the "Script Covers") were issued to VIPs on or around 12 Aug 1975, and normal promo copies were sent to radio stations on or around 24 Aug 1975. The album peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard 200. It also reached #36 on the UK Album Chart. The album re-entered the Billboard 200 in the eighties, reaching #66 in 1980 and #101 in 1985. The 30th anniversary reissue reached #18 in 2005.

Bruce Springsteen -- Born To Run
Bruce Springsteen -- Born To Run

The album features 8 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 39:26. It is produced by Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel, and Jon Landau.

Single Release

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Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"

7" single - CBS (SSC 1420) - South Africa, 1976

Comes in a CBS company sleeve.

A1- BORN TO RUN
B1- TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
Bruce Springsteen -- The River / Born To Run / Rosalita
Bruce Springsteen -- The River / Born To Run / Rosalita

12" EP - CBS (A13-1179) - UK, 1981

This EP was issued to commemorate Springsteen's first full-scale tour of the UK.

A1- THE RIVER
A2- BORN TO RUN
B1- ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)

The album version of BORN TO RUN was released in 1976 on "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night", a double-A single unique to North America, as part of Columbia's "Hall Of Fame" series in the United States and Canada and as part of Columbia's "Hall Of Fame / Disques D'Or" series in Canada. The single was reissued four more times in the United States: in 1984 as part of Columbia's "Hall Of Fame" series, in the late eighties as part of Columbia's "Collectables" series, in 1989 as part of Columbia's "Hall Of Fame" series, and in the mid-nighties on Columbia.

Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"

7" single - Columbia (13-33323) - USA, 1976

Issued as part of Columbia's "Hall Of Fame" series, comes in a Hall Of Fame company sleeve.

A1- BORN TO RUN
B1- SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"

7" single - Columbia (13-33323) - Canada, 1976

Issued as part of Columbia's "Hall Of Fame" series, comes in a Hall Of Fame company sleeve.

A1- BORN TO RUN
B1- SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"

7" single - Columbia (13-33323) - Canada, 1976

Issued as part of Columbia's "Hall Of Fame / Disques D'Or" series, comes in a Hall Of Fame company sleeve.

A1- BORN TO RUN
B1- SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"

7" single - Columbia (13-33323) - USA, 1984

Issued as part of Columbia's "Hall Of Fame" series, comes in a Hall Of Fame company sleeve.

A1- BORN TO RUN
B1- SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"

7" single - Columbia (13-33323) - USA, late 1980's

Issued in the late eighties as part of Columbia's "Collectables" series, comes in a Collectables company sleeve.

A1- BORN TO RUN
B1- SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"

Cassette single – Columbia (13T 68658) - USA, 1989

Issued as part of Columbia's "Hall Of Fame" series, comes in a cardboard slipcase.

A1- BORN TO RUN
A2- SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
B1- BORN TO RUN
B2- SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"

CD3 single - Columbia (13K 68658) - USA, 1989

Issued as part of Columbia's "Hall Of Fame" series, comes in a slim 12-inch x 3-inch cardboard pack.

01- BORN TO RUN
02- SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night"

7" single - Columbia (13-33323) - USA, mid-1990's

Mid-1990's reissue, comes in a white paper sleeve.

A1- BORN TO RUN
B1- SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT

Greatest Hits 1995 Edition

Greatest Hits (1995 edition) is Bruce Springsteen's first compilation album. It's a collection of some of his hit singles and popular album tracks through the years, in addition to four previously unreleased songs, three of which were recorded with the E Street Band in 1995 – Springsteen's first release with his backing band since the late eighties. Some of the songs on Greatest Hits are shorter versions of the original album releases.

In 1994 Bruce Springsteen recorded an album that was never released. His manager Jon Landau wasn't a fan of the project and recommended shelving it and focusing more on a "career overview". This lead to the Greatest Hits sessions with the E Street Band in 1995. Springsteen called the band in early January to record some new songs for the album and they assembled for the recording sessions on 09 Jan 1995 at The Hit Factory in New York City, NY. The sessions, which lasted about ten days, were the band's first studio reunion in 11 years (since the Born In The U.S.A. sessions) and their first ever with Nils Lofgren.

Bruce Springsteen -- Greatest Hits
Bruce Springsteen -- Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits was released on 27 Feb 1995 on Columbia Records. It was commercially successful, debuting at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 where it stayed on the chart for 32 weeks. It also peaked at #1 in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and many European countries. By 2008 the album had sold more than four million copies in the United States.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen

The Essential Bruce Springsteen is a compilation album released as part of Sony BMG'S (previously Sony Music Entertainment) series of "Essential" sets. According to Springsteen's liner notes comments, the collection was intended as an introduction to his music for new fans who attended shows on The Rising Tour.

The collection is fundamentally a 2-disc set (clocking at 153:37) compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Live In New York City release. A 3-disc limited edition (clocking at 201:04) was also released. It includes a bonus third disc comprising of a selection of rarities and previously unreleased recordings.

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was released on 11 Nov 2003 on Columbia Records. It debuted and peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart where it spent 13 weeks. It also reached #28 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was awarded certified gold and platinum records by the RIAA on 16 Dec 2003.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 edition)

The Essential Bruce Springsteen was reissued on 16 Oct 2015, this time as a 2-disc set (clocking at 156:25) with an updated track list, compiling songs from all of Springsteen's studio albums to date plus his Greatest Hits (1995 edition) collection. This 2015 reissue features remastered tracks not found in that form on other Springsteen releases.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition)

Greatest Hits 2009 Edition

Greatest Hits (2009 edition) is a compilation album released by Columbia Records on 13 Jan 2009 in the United State where it was sold exclusively through Wal-Mart retailers. The album was also released (but non-exclusively) in Canada. Unlike the 1995 Greatest Hits release and The Essential Bruce Springsteen in 2003, this compilation was billed to "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band" instead of just "Bruce Springsteen". The album contains 12 previously released studio tracks and clocks at 53:08.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 USA edition cover art)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 USA edition cover art)

On 01 Jun 2009, Columbia Records released a European edition of the compilation album with an alternative track listing to promote Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's European leg of the Working On A Dream Tour. The European edition was also released in Israel and Mexico, and in Australia in August 2009. The album comes in a standard jewel case, but a limited digipack edition was also released in Europe. Greatest Hits (2009 European edition) contains 16 previously released studio tracks and 2 live bonus tracks taken from the Live/1975-85 box set. It clocks at 79:03.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 Europe edition cover art)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 Europe edition cover art)

The album charted in several countries, but only made it to # 1 in Sweden. In general, the album did much better in Europe than in North America.

Collection: 1973-2012

Collection: 1973-2012 is a Bruce Springsteen compilation album released on Columbia Records in 2013. It was released on 08 Mar 2013 in Australia and 15 Apr 2013 in Europe. The compilation was not released commercially in the United States. Instead, a promotional version was given out exclusively to $1,500 ticket holders at the "MusiCares Person Of The Year" tribute event held in Los Angeles, CA, on 08 Feb 2013. The event honoured Springsteen for both his artistic achievements and philanthropic efforts. The compilation consists of 18 previously released studio tracks.

Bruce Springsteen -- Collection: 1973-2012 (album cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- Collection: 1973-2012 (album cover art)

Other Official Releases

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Bruce Springsteen -- The Albums Collection Vol. 1, 1973-1984 - Radio Sampler (Sampler cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Albums Collection Vol. 1, 1973-1984 - Radio Sampler

CD-R – Columbia / Legacy (no catalogue number) – USA, 2014

US-only promotional CD-R radio sampler tying with the release of Springsteen's box set of his first seven albums in remastered form.

The album version of BORN TO RUN also appears on some various artists albums.

Various artists -- Super Sound
Various artists -- Super Sound

LP - K-Tel (TA 254) - Australia, 1976

Includes a unique 3:10 edited version of BORN TO RUN.

Other versions of BORN TO RUN were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Hammersmith Odeon, London '75
The live 18 Nov 1975 version of BORN TO RUN was released on the Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 album and home video in 2005.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Tower Theater, Philadelphia 1975
The live 31 Dec 1975 version of BORN TO RUN was released on the Tower Theater, Philadelphia 1975 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Agora, Cleveland 1978
The live 09 Aug 1978 version of BORN TO RUN was released on The Agora, Cleveland 1978 official live download in 2014.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980
The live 31 Dec 1980 version of BORN TO RUN was released on the Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey 1984
The live 05 Aug 1984 version of BORN TO RUN was released on the Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey 1984 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- LA Sports Arena, California 1988
The live 23 Apr 1988 version of BORN TO RUN was released on the LA Sports Arena, California 1988 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Ippodromo Delle Capannelle, Rome 2013
The live 11 Jul 2013 version of BORN TO RUN was released on the Ippodromo Delle Capannelle, Rome 2013 official live download in 2015.

Live History: on-tour

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Live History: off-tour

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Covers

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John Bayless -- Greetings From John Bayless
John Bayless -- Greetings From John Bayless

CD – Megaforte Digital / Atlantic Records (81906-2) - USA, 1988

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Songs From The Boss
Various artists -- Songs From The Boss

LP - Dover Records (ADD 3) - UK, 1988
CD - Dover Records (CCD 3) - UK, 1989
Cassette - Dover Records (ZDD 3) - UK, 1988

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. BORN TO RUN is performed by Allan Clarke.
Various artists -- The Bruce Springsteen Songbook
Various artists -- The Bruce Springsteen Songbook

CD - Connoisseur (VSOP CD 224) - UK, 1996

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. BORN TO RUN is performed by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
Richard De Groot -- Man At The Top: Medley Of Springsteen Songs
Richard De Groot -- Man At The Top: Medley Of Springsteen Songs

CD EP - Roulette Records (RR001) - Holland, 1997

This EP contains a cover of MAN AT THE TOP plus a medley consisting of 8 Springsteen covers: BECAUSE THE NIGHT, BORN IN THE U.S.A., BORN TO RUN, DANCING IN THE DARK, FIRE, FOR YOU, MAN AT THE TOP, and THUNDER ROAD. The EP also contains an acoustic version of the medley.
Session musicians -- Pickin' On Springsteen: A Tribute
Session musicians -- Pickin' On Springsteen: A Tribute

CD - CMH (CD-8510) - USA, 1999

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It was reissued in 2007 under the title "Bluegrass Interpretations Of Bruce Springsteen", under the same label and with catalog number CD 5227.
Various artists -- Born To Run 2003 Volume One
Various artists -- Born To Run 2003 Volume One

CD - Uncut (UNCUT 2003 04A) - UK, 2003

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It's a free CD (volume 1 of 2) issued exclusively with the April 2003 issue of Uncut magazine. BORN TO RUN is performed by Suzi Quatro.
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2-CD - Schoolhouse Records (SHR0022-2) - USA, 2003
2-CD - Sony (MHCP-928/9) - Japan, 2005
2-CD - Sony Records (MHCO 928-929) - Japan, 2007

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. BORN TO RUN is performed by Cowboy Mouth. There are six issues of this album (with three track configurations) and this track was only included on the three issues listed above.
The Voices On Tour -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen
The Voices On Tour -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Promo Sound (PS 1723 CD) - Germany, 2006

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Bruceband -- Greetings From Moskou
The Bruceband -- Greetings From Moskou

CD - no label (no catalog number) - Holland, 2006

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Paul Baribeau & Ginger Alford -- Darkness On The Edge Of Your Town Tour
Paul Baribeau & Ginger Alford -- Darkness On The Edge Of Your Town Tour

CD - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2006
CD - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. All songs are performed/recorded live. CD-R copies were sold on tour and online. The 2006 issue contains 10 tracks and the 2009 reissue contains 5 additional tracks.
The Boss Chill -- The Boss Chill
The Boss Chill -- The Boss Chill

CD - Vale Music (unknown catalog number) - Spain, 2008

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Play Some Pool, Skip Some School, Act Real Cool: A Global Pop Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Play Some Pool, Skip Some School, Act Real Cool: A Global Pop Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2-CD - Where It's At Is Where You Are (WIACD20) - UK, 2009

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. BORN TO RUN is performed by Lucinda Black Bear.
George Mileson -- Leap of Faith: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
George Mileson -- Leap of Faith: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Growin' Up Records (8471812289631) - Spain, 2012

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- I Hear You're From Australia - My Name's Bruce Too
Various artists -- I Hear You're From Australia - My Name's Bruce Too

2xCD - Laughing Outlaw (LOR160CD) - Australia, 2013

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. BORN TO RUN is performed by Anne McCue.
Various artists -- Rock Made In USA
Various artists -- Rock Made In USA

Digital album - Open Records (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2014

This is a download-only digital album. 13 of the 20 tracks are covers of Bruce Springsteen songs. BORN TO RUN is performed by Noise Reaction.
Moa Holmsten -- Bruised Arms & Broken Rhythm
Moa Holmsten -- Bruised Arms & Broken Rhythm

CD - Fill In The Blank Records (no catalog number) - USA, 2015

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Hungry Hearts -- Live In My Hometown
Hungry Hearts -- Live In My Hometown

CD-R - no label (no catalog number) - Italy, 2015

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album, recorded live on 09 Jan 2015 at Inferno Di Dante in Tortona, Italy.

Credits

Thanks Atsushi Sakamoto for the "Born To Run / Spirit In The Night" single (mid-1990's reissue) label scan.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of BORN TO RUN on this website:

BORN TO RUN [Album version]
BORN TO RUN [Early draft]
BORN TO RUN [Live 13 Jul 1974 version]
BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version]
BORN TO RUN [Live 06 Aug 2015 version]

Page last updated: 09 Mar 2016