CANDY'S ROOM

Album version


In Candy's room, there are pictures of her heroes on the wall
But to get to Candy's room, you gotta walk the darkness of Candy's hall
Strangers from the city call my baby's number and they bring her toys
When I come knocking, she smiles pretty, she knows I wanna be Candy's boy

There's a sadness hidden in that pretty face
A sadness all her own, from which no man can keep Candy safe
We kiss, my heart's rushes to my brain
And the blood rushes in my veins, the fire rushes towards the sky
And then we go driving, driving deep into the night
I go driving deep into the light, in Candy's eyes

She says, "baby if you wanna be wild, you got a lot to learn
Close your eyes, let them melt, let them fire, let them burn"
'Cause in the darkness, there'll be hidden worlds that shine
When I hold Candy close she makes these hidden worlds mine

She has fancy clothes and diamond rings
She has men who give her anything she wants, but they don't see
That what she wants is me
Oh and I want her so, I'll never let her go, no no no
She knows that I'd give all that I got to give
All that I want, all that I live to make Candy mine
Tonight


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Info

CANDY'S ROOM is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1978 album Darkness On The Edge Of Town. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of CANDY'S ROOM as released in 1978.

Composition and Recording

CANDY'S ROOM evolved from two distinct songs from the same period, CANDY'S BOY and THE FAST SONG. The song's lyrics evolved from the former and the melody is the latter's.

According to Sony's database of Springsteen recording sessions, CANDY'S ROOM was cut on 27 Sep 1977, 12 Dec 1977, and 03-05 Mar 1978 at The Record Plant in New York City, NY. In his 2012 book E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days Of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Clinton Heylin wrote that Springsteen worked extensively on the song in late September 1977 and that he "spent a further three days in early March 1978 working through some seventy-nine 'takes' ‒ surely a series of vocal overdubs."

Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Despite the marvelous reception received by both Born To Run and the tour which followed, the relationship between Bruce Springsteen and his now former manager and producer Mike Appel was deteriorating. In July 1976 the storm broke; Mike Appel wrote to Springsteen saying that he would not allow Jon Landau (Springsteen's friend and co-producer of Born To Run) to produce the next album, citing a particular paragraph from their original agreement. Bruce replied on 27 Jul 1976 by firing manager Mike Appel and suing him and his management company Laurel Canyon Ltd. in Federal Court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, breach of trust, and undue influence. Appel countersued on 29 Jul 1976 in New York State Supreme Court, asking the court to prohibit Springsteen and Jon Landau from working together in studio. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band were slated to enter the studio that year for the recording of a new album, except that on 15 Sep 1976 the judge in the lawsuits case ruled that Springsteen was enjoined from any further recording with Columbia Records until Appel's suit was resolved. This would drag for about a year.

Meanwhile, Springsteen continued gigging, and in the process broke his self-imposed rule of not playing the larger arenas. This was basically because he was not able to put a record out, and it was the only way his fans would be able to hear him at all.

Springsteen reached a final settlement in his yearlong litigation with Mike Appel on 28 May 1977. Effectively this meant that for the first time in a year Springsteen was able to go into a studio and record. The Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions kicked off in early June 1977 at Atlantic Record Studios, New York City, NY. Springsteen had a considerable amount of new material, but the songs were in various stages of writing completion. Consequently many of the songs were shaped over the course of numerous sessions spanning several months.

The sessions at Atlantic Studios were only two or three weeks old when problems surfaced. Springsteen didn't like the sound he was getting from the studio, particularly the drums. On top of that Atlantic Studios did not offer a particularly comfortable or livable environment for the musicians. A decision was taken to shift operations to the nearby Record Plant where most of the Born To Run album had been recorded. However financial commitments to Atlantic Studios were already made, and on such short notice it was hard to find un-booked studio time at the popular Record Plant. Consequently the Jul-Aug 1977 period saw Springsteen and the band recording at both studios, but mostly Atlantic Studios. From September to late December, all the recording seems to have taken place at The Record Plant, where all the recordings issued on the original album emanate from.

The actual recording sessions for Darkness On The Edge Of Town were completed by early January 1978. The mixing sessions began in early January 1978 and dragged on until late March. There was a tremendous amount of different mixes considered, with Springsteen changing his mind on the mix of THE PROMISED LAND as late as early April.

Darkness On The Edge Of Town was released on Columbia Records on 02 Jun 1978. It was produced by Bruce Springsteen and Jon Landau.

Bruce Springsteen -- Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Bruce Springsteen -- Darkness On The Edge Of Town

The album features 10 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 42:55.

Bootleg Releases

A different mix of the album version of CANDY'S ROOM, with reverb and delay added to the lead vocal, have been in circulation on bootlegs, including The Original Darkness Mixes (E. St. Records) [track 03].

Bruce Springsteen -- The Original Darkness Mixes (E. St. Records)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Original Darkness Mixes (E. St. Records)

Other Official Releases

CANDY'S ROOM was used as the B-side to BADLANDS uniquely on a single made in Holland for export to France. This is now among the rarest and most thought after Springsteen records.

Bruce Springsteen -- "Badlands / Candy's Room"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Badlands / Candy's Room"

7" single - CBS (6678) - Holland, 1978

Pressed in Holland for distribution in France.

A1- BADLANDS
B1- CANDY'S ROOM

The album version of CANDY'S ROOM can be also found on two Bruce Springsteen promo-only samplers.

Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen Sampler
Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen Sampler

LP - Columbia (CDN-57) - Canada, 1980

Canada-only red label promotional LP sampler compiling 10 tracks from Springsteen's first five albums. Issued in a white die-cut cardboard sleeve.
Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen Sampler
Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen Sampler

CD - Columbia (CDNK 677) - Canada, 1992

Canada-only promotional CD sampler compiling 10 tracks from Springsteen's albums up to 1987, plus the 1988 acoustic live version of BORN TO RUN. Comes in a plain white die-cut cardboard sleeve.

Other versions of CANDY'S ROOM were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band -- Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut
The live 08 Dec 1978 version of CANDY'S ROOM was released on the Houston '78 Bootleg: House Cut home video in 2010.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Arizona State University, Tempe 1980
The live 05 Nov 1980 version of CANDY'S ROOM was released on the Arizona State University, Tempe 1980 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980
The live 31 Dec 1980 version of CANDY'S ROOM was released on the Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live/1975-85
The live 08 Jul 1981 version of CANDY'S ROOM was released on the Live/1975-85 box set in 1986.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Ippodromo Delle Capannelle, Rome 2013
The live 11 Jul 2013 version of CANDY'S ROOM 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

A few artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's CANDY'S ROOM.

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 -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - Schoolhouse Records (SHR0022-2) - USA, 2003
3xCD - Good Sounds (DM 797-02) - Spain, 2003
2xCD - Good Sounds (DM 797E-02) - Spain, 2003
2xCD - Revolver (REV XD244) - UK, 2004
2xCD - Sony (MHCP-928/9) - Japan, 2005
2xCD - Sony Records (MHCO 928-929) - Japan, 2007

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. There are six issues of this album (with three track configurations) and this track was included on all six issues listed above. CANDY'S ROOM is performed by Crazysloth.
Maria McKee -- Peddlin' Dreams
Maria McKee -- Peddlin' Dreams

CD - Imperial (TECI-24287) - Japan, 2005

CANDY'S ROOM is a live version. It's one of two bonus tracks found only on the Japanese issue of the 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

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

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. CANDY'S ROOM is performed by Pete Weiss.
Roy Orbitron -- Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Roy Orbitron -- Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Digital EP - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2012

This is a free download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute EP.
Hungry Hearts -- Darkness Night
Hungry Hearts -- Darkness Night

Digital album - no label (no catalog number) - Italy, 2015

This is a download-only digital live Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Available Versions

List of available versions of CANDY'S ROOM on this website:

CANDY'S ROOM [Album version]

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