BRILLIANT DISGUISE

Album version


I hold you in my arms as the band plays
What are those words whispered baby just as you turn away
I saw you last night out on the edge of town
I wanna read your mind to know just what I've got in this new thing I've found

So tell me what I see when I look in your eyes
Is that you baby or just a brilliant disguise

I heard somebody call your name from underneath our willow
I saw something tucked in shame underneath your pillow
Well I've tried so hard baby but I just can't see
What a woman like you is doing with me

So tell me who I see when I look in your eyes
Is that you baby or just a brilliant disguise

Now look at me baby, struggling to do everything right
And then it all falls apart oh when out go the lights
I'm just a lonely pilgrim, I walk this world in wealth
I want to know if it's you I don't trust 'cause I damn sure don't trust myself

Now you play the loving woman, I'll play the faithful man
But just don't look too close into the palm of my hand
Well we stood at the alter, the gypsy swore our future was right
But come the wee wee hours maybe baby the gypsy lied

So when you look at me you better look hard and look twice
Is that me baby or just a brilliant disguise

Tonight our bed is cold, I'm lost in the darkness of our love
God have mercy on the man who doubts what he's sure of


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Info

BRILLIANT DISGUISE is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1987 album Tunnel Of Love. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of BRILLIANT DISGUISE as released in 1987.

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

Composition and Recording

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Tunnel Of Love

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Bruce Springsteen -- Tunnel Of Love
Bruce Springsteen -- Tunnel Of Love

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)

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)

Chapter And Verse

Chapter And Verse is an upcoming Bruce Springsteen compilation album released on Columbia Records on 23 Sep 2016 in the U.S. It was officially announced on 28 Jul 2016. The album is an audio companion to Springsteen's forthcoming autobiography Born To Run, which will be published four days later, on 27 Sep 2016, by Simon & Schuster.

The album is a career retrospective consisting of 18 tracks. It spans almost half a century of Springsteen's career, from as early as 1966. According to the press release, Springsteen selected the songs to reflect the themes and sections of the autobiography. The first five tracks have not been previously released.

Tracks 1 and 2 are from The Castiles era, track 3 is from the Steel Mill era, and track 4 is from The Bruce Springsteen Band era. Tracks 5 and 6 are Springsteen solo, from around the time he signed his record deal with CBS. The remaining 12 tracks are compiled from 12 different Bruce Springsteen studio albums, from 1973 to 2012. All song were written by Bruce Springsteen, except tracks 1 (co-written by Bruce Springsteen and George Theiss) and track 2 (written by Willie Dixon). Track 2 is only song on the album recorded live.

Bruce Springsteen -- Chapter And Verse
Bruce Springsteen -- Chapter And Verse

Chapter And Verse will be available as a single-disc CD and as a double-disc LP, as well as digital download and streaming.

Single Release

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Other Official Releases

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Other versions of BRILLIANT DISGUISE were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- LA Sports Arena, California 1988
The live 23 Apr 1988 version of BRILLIANT DISGUISE was released on the LA Sports Arena, California 1988 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Christic Shows, November 16 & 17, 1990
The live 16 Nov 1990 version and the live 17 Nov 1990 version of BRILLIANT DISGUISE were released on The Christic Shows, November 16 & 17, 1990 official live download in 2016.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Ippodromo Delle Capannelle, Rome 2013
The live 11 Jul 2013 version of BRILLIANT DISGUISE 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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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.
Session musicians -- Super Instrumental
Session musicians -- Super Instrumental

CD - O6epir-XXI / Vikkon (no catalog number) - Ukraine, 2003

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2-CD - Good Sounds (DM 797E-02) - Spain, 2003
2-CD - Revolver (REVXD 244) - UK, 2005

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. BRILLIANT DISGUISE is performed by Elvis Costello. There are six issues of this album (with three track configurations) and this track was only included on the two issues listed above.
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

3-CD - Good Sounds (DM 797-02) - Spain, 2003

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. BRILLIANT DISGUISE is performed by Atabala. There are six issues of this album (with three track configurations) and this track was only included on the issue listed above.
Martyn Joseph -- Tires Rushing By In The Rain
Martyn Joseph -- Tires Rushing By In The Rain

CD - Pipe Records (PRCD023) - UK, 2013

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. BRILLIANT DISGUISE is performed by Bryan Estepa.
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. BRILLIANT DISGUISE is performed by Brandon Castle.

Available Versions

List of available versions of BRILLIANT DISGUISE on this website:

BRILLIANT DISGUISE [Album version]

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