HIGHWAY PATROLMAN

Album version


My name is Joe Roberts, I work for the state
I'm a sergeant out of Perrineville, barracks number 8
I always done an honest job, as honest as I could
I got a brother named Franky, and Franky ain't no good

Now ever since we was young kids, it's been the same come down
I get a call on the shortwave, Franky's in trouble downtown
Well if it was any other man, I'd put him straight away
But when it's your brother sometimes you look the other way

Yeah me and Franky laughin' and drinkin', nothin' feels better than blood on blood
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"
I catch him when he's strayin' like any brother would
Man turns his back on his family, well he just ain't no good

Well Franky went in the army back in 1965
I got a farm deferment, settled down, took Maria for my wife
But them wheat prices kept on droppin' till it was like we were gettin' robbed
Franky came home in '68 and me I took this job

Yeah we're laughin' and drinkin', nothin' feels better than blood on blood
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"
I catch him when he's strayin', teach him how to walk that line
Man turns his back on his family, he ain't no friend of mine

Well the night was like any other, well I got a call 'bout quarter to nine
There was trouble in a roadhouse out on the Michigan line
There was a kid lyin' on the floor lookin' bad, bleedin' hard from his head
There was a girl cryin' at a table and it was Frank, they said

Well I went out and I jumped in my car and I hit the lights
Well I musta done a hundred and ten through Michigan County that night
It was out at the crossroads, down 'round Willow bank
Seen a Buick with Ohio plates, behind the wheel was Frank

Well I chased him through them county roads
Till a sign said "Canadian border five miles from here"
I pulled over the side of the highway and watched his taillights disappear

Me and Franky laughin' and drinkin', nothin' feels better than blood on blood
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"
I catch him when he's strayin' like any brother would
Man turns his back on his family, he just ain't no good


Info

HIGHWAY PATROLMAN is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1982 album Nebraska. The above lyrics are for the album version of HIGHWAY PATROLMAN as released on Nebraska.

The song has the same stark, bleak atmosphere as the remainder of the album, and in terms of instrumentation, contains simply vocals, very quiet harmonica, and finger-picked acoustic guitar. Dave Marsh wrote in his book Glory Days: Bruce Springsteen in the 1980s, "Springsteen's voice quakes as he sings the final verse, and when Joe [Roberts] finally watches his brother's 'taillights disappear,' the voice breaks and Bruce fumbles the guitar pick, which he has otherwise strummed steadily throughout the song."

The song was originally titled "Deputy" but it was changed to "Highway Patrolman" upon its release.

Studio Recording

The album version of HIGHWAY PATROLMAN features Bruce Springsteen solo on vocals, acoustic guitar, and harmonica. It was cut in late December 1981 or early January 1982 at Springsteen's home in Colts Neck, NJ, and included on the Nebraska demo tape of January 1982 (see the below section for more details). Actually four takes were recorded between late December 1981 and early January 1982 but only one was included on the Nebraska demo tape. The remaining three takes have not surfaced among collectors.

According to Sony's database of Springsteen recording sessions, HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was also recorded on 30 Apr 1982 at The Power Station in New York City, NY. No take of HIGHWAY PATROLMAN from these sessions with the E Street Band at The Power Station has surfaced among collectors.

Nebraska

Following The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band were scheduled to start recording the next album in New York City in February 1982. Springsteen felt that the upcoming band studio sessions would progress faster than they had for his previous three albums if he first records finished demos and demonstrates them to the band. He decided to record multi-channel, professional sounding, finished demos of some songs he had written during the period.

To achieve his goal, Springsteen asked his guitar technician, Mike Batlan, in December 1981 to set up a recording facility in a spare room at his home in Colts Neck, NJ. Some modification work was done to the room making it more receptive to achieving a decent sound. Batlan purchased a Teac Tascom Series 144 4-track cassette recorder, two Shure SM57 microphones, and two microphone stands. The sound was mixed through an old Gibson Echoplex and an old Panasonic boom box acted as the mix-down deck.

The four-track cassette recorder that Bruce Springsteen used to record his famous Nebraska demo tape of January 1982
The four-track cassette recorder that Bruce Springsteen used to record his famous Nebraska demo tape of January 1982

Batlan told journalist David McGee, "Springsteen began organizing his work for Nebraska during the first week of December 1981 – that's when I was directed to buy the four-track... actual recording began on 17 or 18 December and ended around January 3." Some of the songs were recorded two or three times in slightly different arrangements. A cassette tape was compiled and edited at the end of the sessions, likely on 03 Jan 1982. It contained fourteen songs recorded during these late December 1981 / early January 1982 sessions plus what is almost certainly a live recording of a fifteenth song, JOHNNY BYE-BYE. It also included seven alternate takes and five alternate mixes. The first person to listen to the tape was Jon Landau. Two or three months later, Springsteen recorded two additional songs (MY FATHER'S HOUSE and THE BIG PAYBACK) at home on the same equipment – thus making a total of 17 different songs.

  1. NEBRASKA (released on Nebraska)
  2. ATLANTIC CITY (released on Nebraska)
  3. MANSION ON THE HILL (released on Nebraska)
  4. BORN IN THE U.S.A. (released on Tracks)
  5. JOHNNY 99 (released on Nebraska)
  6. DOWNBOUND TRAIN (unreleased)
  7. LOSIN' KIND (unreleased)
  8. STATE TROOPER (released on Nebraska)
  9. USED CARS (released on Nebraska)
  10. OPEN ALL NIGHT (released on Nebraska)
  11. PINK CADILLAC (unreleased)
  12. HIGHWAY PATROLMAN (released on Nebraska)
  13. REASON TO BELIEVE (released on Nebraska)
  14. CHILD BRIDE (unreleased)
  15. MY FATHER'S HOUSE (released on Nebraska)
  16. THE BIG PAYBACK (released as a B-side)
  17. JOHNNY BYE-BYE (unreleased live version)

The solo demo tape was never conceived to result in a commercially released album, as the songs were recorded by the E Street Band with multi-instrument arrangements, during what's known by fans as the "Electric Nebraska Sessions". It should be noted that most of the songs were not recorded in "rock" arrangements. Instead, Springsteen and Max Weinberg just added light percussion, or Roy Bittan added a synth pad.

During the E Street Band sessions it became apparent to Springsteen that a majority of these songs did not lend themselves well to a full band arrangement. He later wrote in his 1998 book Songs, "I went into the studio, brought in the band, rerecorded, remixed, and succeeded in making the whole thing worse." At one point he even went back into the studio with an acoustic guitar to try and re-record the songs solo, but the result lacked the atmosphere and feeling of isolation only found on the original home demos. According to Toby Scott, Springsteen handed him the original solo demo tape in April 1982 and asked him if it was possible to just master off the tape, with the intention to release some of the songs as a solo album. It took Scott a few weeks before eventually saying yes and in May a decision was taken to release a solo album ahead of the still-in-progress E Street Band album.

Most of the E Street Band arrangements of these songs were discarded and ten of the original solo demos from the tape were released on the Nebraska album. Max Weinberg revealed to Rolling Stone in June 2010 that the recording of the "Electric Nebraska Sessions" does exist. He said that "the E Street Band actually did record all of Nebraska and it was killing [...] It was all very hard-edged. As great as it was, it wasn't what Bruce wanted to release. There is a full band Nebraska album, all of those songs are in the can somewhere."

"Open All Night" and "January 3, 1982" were considered as titles for the album, but ultimately "Nebraska" was chosen. The album was produced by Bruce Springsteen and was commercially released on 20 Sep 1982 by Columbia Records.

Bruce Springsteen -- Nebraska
Bruce Springsteen -- Nebraska

Nebraska features 10 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 40:50.

Bootleg Releases

A merely different mix of the album version of HIGHWAY PATROLMAN appears on several bootlegs, including The Lost Masters Vol. 1 (Labour Of Love) [track 12].

Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Vol. 1 (Labour Of Love)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Vol. 1 (Labour Of Love)

Other Official Releases

The album version of HIGHWAY PATROLMAN can also be found on at least one various artists compilation album.

Various artists -- Artist's Choice: Johnny Cash - Music That Matters To Him
Various artists -- Artist's Choice: Johnny Cash - Music That Matters To Him

CD - Hear Music (184033-2) - USA, 2003
CD - Columbia (CK 90712) - USA, 2003

Various artists compilation album originally issued for exclusive distribution by Starbucks Coffee via their U.S. outlets and website, and later released regularly by Sony Music in North America only.

Other versions of HIGHWAY PATROLMAN were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey 1984
The live 05 Aug 1984 version of HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was released on the Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey 1984 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen with The Sessions Band -- Live In Dublin
The live 18 Nov 2006 version of HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was released on the Live In Dublin album and home video in 2007.

Music Video

Sean Penn is a lifelong Bruce Springsteen fan, and he also briefly dated Springsteen's younger sister Pamela. HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was the inspiration for the Sean Penn directed 1991 film The Indian Runner (see info about the film below), and in 2000, Penn directed a video for HIGHWAY PATROLMAN in which he used scenes from The Indian Runner to create a moody visual interpretation of the story. The previously unreleased video was included on Springsteen's The Complete Video Anthology / 1978-2000 DVD which was released in 2001. It was also posted on Bruce Springsteen's VEVO YouTube channel in February 2014.


Video Anthology Home Video

Video Anthology / 1978-88 is a collection of 18 Bruce Springsteen music videos and concert performances, released in VHS format on 31 Jan 1989. The home video was also released on LaserDisc.

Bruce Springsteen -- Video Anthology / 1978-88 (USA VHS cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- Video Anthology / 1978-88 (USA VHS cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- Video Anthology / 1978-88 (USA LaserDisc cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- Video Anthology / 1978-88 (USA LaserDisc cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- Video Anthology / 1978-88 (Japan LaserDisc cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- Video Anthology / 1978-88 (Japan LaserDisc cover art)

  1. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) [Live 08 Jul 1978 version] – originally released in 1978, directed by Arnold Levine
  2. THE RIVER [Live 22 Sep 1979 version] – originally released in 1980, directed by Danny Goldberg, Julian Schlossberg, Anthony Potenza
  3. THUNDER ROAD [Live 22 Sep 1979 version] – originally released in 1980, directed by Danny Goldberg, Julian Schlossberg, Anthony Potenza
  4. ATLANTIC CITY – originally released in 1982, directed by Arnold Levine
  5. DANCING IN THE DARK – originally released in 1984, directed by Brian De Palma
  6. BORN IN THE U.S.A. – originally released in 1984, directed by John Sayles
  7. I'M ON FIRE – originally released in 1985, directed by John Sayles
  8. GLORY DAYS – originally released in 1985, directed by John Sayles
  9. MY HOMETOWN [Live 30 Sep 1985 version] – originally released in 1985, directed by Arthur Rosato
  10. WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version] – originally released in 1986, directed by Arthur Rosato
  11. FIRE [Live 13 Oct 1986 version] – originally released in 1986
  12. BORN TO RUN [Live 19 Aug 1984 version] – originally released in 1987, directed by Arthur Rosato
  13. BRILLIANT DISGUISE – originally released in 1987, directed by Meiert Avis
  14. TUNNEL OF LOVE – originally released in 1987, directed by Meiert Avis
  15. ONE STEP UP – originally released in 1988, directed by Meiert Avis
  16. TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version] – originally released in1988, directed by Meiert Avis
  17. SPARE PARTS [Live 10 Jul 1988 version] – originally released in 1988, directed by Carol Dodds
  18. BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version] – originally released in 1988, directed by Meiert Avis

Sonny reissued the video on 16 Jan 2001 in DVD format. Titled The Complete Video Anthology / 1978-2000, the new release added a second disc with 15 additional music video, concert performances, and television appearances.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Complete Video Anthology / 1978-2000 (DVD cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Complete Video Anthology / 1978-2000 (DVD cover art)

Disc 1:

  1. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) [Live 08 Jul 1978 version] – originally released in 1978, directed by Arnold Levine
  2. THE RIVER [Live 22 Sep 1979 version] – originally released in 1980, directed by Danny Goldberg, Julian Schlossberg, Anthony Potenza
  3. THUNDER ROAD [Live 22 Sep 1979 version] – originally released in 1980, directed by Danny Goldberg, Julian Schlossberg, Anthony Potenza
  4. ATLANTIC CITY – originally released in 1982, directed by Arnold Levine
  5. DANCING IN THE DARK – originally released in 1984, directed by Brian De Palma
  6. BORN IN THE U.S.A. – originally released in 1984, directed by John Sayles
  7. I'M ON FIRE – originally released in 1985, directed by John Sayles
  8. GLORY DAYS – originally released in 1985, directed by John Sayles
  9. MY HOMETOWN [Live 30 Sep 1985 version] – originally released in 1985, directed by Arthur Rosato
  10. WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version] – originally released in 1986, directed by Arthur Rosato
  11. FIRE [Live 13 Oct 1986 version] – originally released in 1986
  12. BORN TO RUN [Live 19 Aug 1984 version] – originally released in 1987, directed by Arthur Rosato
  13. BRILLIANT DISGUISE – originally released in 1987, directed by Meiert Avis
  14. TUNNEL OF LOVE – originally released in 1987, directed by Meiert Avis
  15. ONE STEP UP – originally released in 1988, directed by Meiert Avis
  16. TOUGHER THAN THE REST [Live 27 Apr 1988 version] – originally released in1988, directed by Meiert Avis
  17. SPARE PARTS [Live 10 Jul 1988 version] – originally released in 1988, directed by Carol Dodds
  18. BORN TO RUN [Live 27 Apr 1988 version] – originally released in 1988, directed by Meiert Avis

Disc 2:

  1. HUMAN TOUCH – originally released in 1992, directed by Meiert Avis
  2. BETTER DAYS – originally released in 1992, directed by Meiert Avis
  3. 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON) – originally released in 1992, directed by Adam Bernstein
  4. LEAP OF FAITH [Live 06 Aug 1992 version] – originally released in 1992, directed by Meiert Avis
  5. STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA – originally released in 1993, directed by Jonathan Demme and Ted Demme
  6. MURDER INCORPORATED – originally released in 1995, directed by Jonathan Demme
  7. SECRET GARDEN – originally released in 1995, directed by Peter Care
  8. HUNGRY HEART [Live 09 Jul 1995 version] – originally released in 1995, directed by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher
  9. DEAD MAN WALKIN' – originally released in 1196, directed by Tim Robbins
  10. THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD – originally released in 1996, directed by Arnold Levine
  11. THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 27 Nov 1995 version] – from The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  12. HIGHWAY PATROLMAN – previously unreleased, directed by Sean Penn
  13. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Sep 1999 sound-check version] – previously unreleased, directed by Jonathan Demme
  14. BORN IN THE U.S.A. [Live 20 Nov 1998 version] – from The Charlie Rose Show
  15. LIFT ME UP – audio only, plays over end credits
  16. SECRET GARDEN [with Strings] – previously unreleased, directed by Peter Care

Live History

HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was performed 27 times during the Born In The U.S.A. Tour (156 dates, June 1984 to October 1985). The song was played in a slow full-band arrangement with Patti Scialfa providing harmony vocals on the chorus. The live 05 Aug 1984 version of HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was released on the Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey 1984 official live download in 2015.

  1. 29 Jun 1984 at Saint Paul Civic Center Arena, Saint Paul, MN
  2. 06 Jul 1984 at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
  3. 08 Jul 1984 at Coliseum At Richfield, Richfield, OH
  4. 17 Jul 1984 at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, IL
  5. 23 Jul 1984 at Canadian National Exhibition Grandstand, Toronto, Canada
  6. 27 Jul 1984 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
  7. 30 Jul 1984 at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
  8. 05 Aug 1984 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  9. 09 Aug 1984 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  10. 17 Aug 1984 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  11. 20 Aug 1984 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  12. 25 Aug 1984 at Capital Centre, Largo, MD
  13. 28 Aug 1984 at Capital Centre, Largo, MD
  14. 04 Sep 1984 at Centrum In Worcester, Worcester, MA
  15. 07 Sep 1984 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  16. 11 Sep 1984 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  17. 22 Sep 1984 at Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  18. 25 Sep 1984 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY
  19. 19 Oct 1984 at Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
  20. 22 Oct 1984 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
  21. 26 Oct 1984 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  22. 16 Dec 1984 at The Omni, Atlanta, GA
  23. 05 Jan 1985 at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
  24. 07 Jan 1985 at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN
  25. 13 Jan 1985 at Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, SC
  26. 06 Jul 1985 at Wembley Stadium, London, England
  27. 19 Sep 1985 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA

HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was performed 25 times during The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour (128 dates, November 1995 to May 1997). On this tour, the song was played solo acoustic.

  1. 25 Apr 1996 at Brixton Academy, London, England
  2. 27 Apr 1996 at Royal Albert Hall, London, England
  3. 24 Sep 1996 at Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
  4. 02 Oct 1996 at Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI
  5. 17 Oct 1996 at Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
  6. 19 Oct 1996 at Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM
  7. 22 Oct 1996 at Civic Theatre, San Diego, CA
  8. 25 Oct 1996 at Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara, CA
  9. 29 Oct 1996 at Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
  10. 12 Nov 1996 at Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
  11. 14 Nov 1996 at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, MA
  12. 19 Nov 1996 at Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, TN
  13. 14 Dec 1996 at Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NC
  14. 31 Jan 1997 at International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
  15. 05 Feb 1997 at QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, Australia
  16. 07 Feb 1997 at Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia
  17. 12 Feb 1997 at Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia
  18. 17 Feb 1997 at Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
  19. 10 May 1997 at Sala Kongresowa, Warsaw, Poland
  20. 12 May 1997 at Congress Centre, Prague, Czech Republic
  21. 15 May 1997 at Auditorium Maurice Ravel, Lyon, France
  22. 18 May 1997 at Acropolis, Nice, France
  23. 21 May 1997 at Teatro Verdi, Florence, Italy
  24. 22 May 1997 at Teatro Augusteo, Naples, Italy
  25. 25 May 1997 at Palais Des Congrés De Paris, Paris, France

In preparation for the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour, HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was performed during both of the tour's two public warm-up rehearsal shows that took place in April 2005 in Asbury Park. The song is also known to have been practiced during at least two of the private rehearsals that took place in March and April 2005 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's first leg.

  1. 11 Apr 2005 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  2. 20 Apr 2005 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)
  3. 21 Apr 2005 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)
  4. 22 Apr 2005 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)

HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was performed 12 times during the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour (72 dates, April to November 2005).

  1. 25 Apr 2005 at Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
  2. 30 Apr 2005 at Glendale Arena, Glendale, AZ
  3. 02 Jun 2005 at Palacio De Deportes De La Comunidad De Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  4. 23 Jun 2005 at Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
  5. 27 Jun 2005 at Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany
  6. 13 Jul 2005 at Corel Centre, Ottawa, Canada
  7. 24 Jul 2005 at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
  8. 06 Aug 2005 at Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
  9. 11 Aug 2005 at Keyarena At Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
  10. 09 Oct 2005 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  11. 13 Oct 2005 at United Center, Chicago, IL
  12. 08 Nov 2005 at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was performed once during The Seeger Sessions Tour (56 dates, April to November 2006), on 17 Nov 2006 in Dublin, Ireland. The live 18 Nov 2006 version of HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was released on the Live In Dublin album and home video in 2007.

HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was performed once during the Wrecking Ball Tour (133 dates, March 2012 to September 2013), on 15 Nov 2012 in Omaha, NE. The song was played in a full-band arrangement.

  1. 15 Nov 2012 at Centurylink Center, Omaha, NE

Appearance in Movies

Bruce Springsteen's HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was the inspiration for one movie.

Promotional poster for the film "The Indian Runner"
It was the inspiration for the 1991 film The Indian Runner, directed by Sean Penn and starring David Morse and Viggo Mortensen. The song does not appear in the movie's soundtrack.

Covers

Several artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's HIGHWAY PATROLMAN.

Johnny Cash -- Johnny 99
Johnny Cash -- Johnny 99

LP - Columbia (FC 38696) - USA, 1983
CD - Koch Records (KOC-CD7980) - USA, 1999

See Johnny Cash's cover version for more details.
Various artists -- For You: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- For You: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Totem Records (TTM 480499 2) - Italy, 1995

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. HIGHWAY PATROLMAN is performed by Lost Weekend.
Various artists -- Badlands: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska
Various artists -- Badlands: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska

CD - Sub Pop (SPCD 525) - USA, 2000
CD - Sub Pop (9878-70525-2) - Germany, 2000
CD - Warner Music Japan (WPCR-10845) - Japan, 2000

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. HIGHWAY PATROLMAN is performed by Dar Williams.
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
3-CD - Good Sounds (DM 797-02) - Spain, 2003
2-CD - Good Sounds (DM 797E-02) - Spain, 2003
2-CD - Revolver (REVXD 244) - UK, 2005
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. HIGHWAY PATROLMAN is performed by Sid Griffin. There are six issues of this album (with three track configurations) and this track was included on all six issues listed above.
Svante Karlsson -- Autograph
Svante Karlsson -- Autograph

CD - Leco Music (LMD 7 391872 200326) - Sweden, 2003
Stephen Simmons -- The Superstore
Stephen Simmons -- The Superstore

CD - Locke Creek Records (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2007
The Bruceband -- Nebraska Electric
The Bruceband -- Nebraska Electric

CD - Stemra (88690-2) - Holland, 2008

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Big Fat Teddy -- Hurt
Big Fat Teddy -- Hurt

CD - Back Seat Vinyl (no catalog number) - USA, 2008
Various artists -- Long Distance Salvation: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska
Various artists -- Long Distance Salvation: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska

Digital album - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2012
LP - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2012

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. HIGHWAY PATROLMAN is performed by Joe Pug. The album is available in digital form for download and on limited edition colored vinyl.
Various artists -- The Nebraska Sessions: A Tribute
Various artists -- The Nebraska Sessions: A Tribute

CD - Clubhouse Records (no catalog number) - UK, 2012

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. HIGHWAY PATROLMAN is performed by Danny George Wilson.
Various artists -- Return To Nebraska
Various artists -- Return To Nebraska

Digital album - no label (no catalog number) - Holland, 2012

This is a download-only digital various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. HIGHWAY PATROLMAN is performed by Hans Hanneman.
Jon Bingham -- Deliver Me From Nowhere
Jon Bingham -- Deliver Me From Nowhere

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

This is a download-only digital 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

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

This is a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album. HIGHWAY PATROLMAN is performed by Bill Jackson.
Pony Face -- Pony Face Presents Nebraska
Pony Face -- Pony Face Presents Nebraska

2-LP - Cobra Snake Necktie Records (unknown catalog number) - Australia, 2014
CD - Love & Theft Recording Co. (unknown catalog number) - Australia, 2014

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Cash Experience -- Hit The Road To Johnny Cash
The Cash Experience -- Hit The Road To Johnny Cash

Digital album - Creative Talents / Johnny Cash Experience (unknown catalog number) - Denmark, 2014

This is a download-only digital album.

References

Much of the above info about the home demo recording is taken from Brucebase. Info about the Artist's Choice various artists album is taken from the Lost In The Flood website.

Request

Any additions, comments, or corrections to this page are welcome. You can contact me via the below form or by email: . You will be credited. Thanks in advance.

Available Versions

List of available versions of HIGHWAY PATROLMAN on this website:

HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Album version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 05 Aug 1984 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 19 Oct 1984 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 07 Jan 1985 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 25 Apr 1996 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 23 Jun 2005 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Johnny Cash's cover version]

Page last updated: 15 Jan 2016