THE FAST SONG

Outtake version 1


The night rushes into the door
Kids running across the floor, hmm
I wish God's angels would tear this town down and blow it into the sea
Man that's alright with me, I don't care anymore

She, she who is everything
And the fever that she brings, she's got everything
And I got caught wasting my life so bad
Just looking for the facts
Sometimes I feel like I'm walking dazed
The blood rushing in my veins, I can hear it flow

She lives in a world of dreams-come-true
But she don't know like I do, not like I do
I was nothing over and over again
??? nights roll in, without her

She needs her clothes and diamond rings
She got men who bring 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
Me, walking into the room alone when the nights roll in
Without her, without her, without her


Info

THE FAST SONG is an unreleased Bruce Springsteen song. The above lyrics are for one of two circulating studio takes of the song. See also outtake version 2. The song's melody will later be used for CANDY'S ROOM.

Studio Recording

According to Sony's database of Springsteen recording sessions, THE FAST SONG was cut on 06, 09-10, 13-14, 20, and 24 Jun 1977 at Atlantic Studios in New York City, NY, with further work undertaken on 24 Aug and 01-02 Sep 1977. In the handwritten lyrics notebook that was reproduced in The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, there are reproductions of two demo tape inlays listing THE FAST SONG. One contains tracks recorded at Atlantic Studios and dated 01 Jun 1977 (below scan left) and one titled "Bruce Springsteen - Ruffs" and dated June 1977 (below scan right). The song is titled "The Fast Song (Candy's Room)" on the first tape and "Fast Song" on the second.

Bruce Springsteen's 01 Jun 1977 Atlantic Studios demo tape
Bruce Springsteen's 01 Jun 1977 Atlantic Studios demo tape
Bruce Springsteen's June 1977 "Ruffs" demo tape
Bruce Springsteen's June 1977 "Ruffs" demo tape

THE FAST SONG seems to have been originally considered for the Darkness On The Edge Of Town album, as evidenced in several handwritten lists of candidate tracks for Springsteen's fourth studio album. These lists appear in the handwritten lyrics notebook that was reproduced in The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set (see scans below). On these lists, the songs is written as "Fast Song" or simply "Fast".

Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album
Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album
Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album
Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album
Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album
Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album

THE FAST SONG also appears on other pages in the above-mentioned notebook. The song's original title may have been "God's Angels". That title does appears in the song's lyrics and is listed on a page of "new songs" (below scan left).

Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album
Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album
Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album
Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album
Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album
Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album
Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album
Proposed song lists for Springsteen's fourth album

Bootleg Releases

This outtake version of THE FAST SONG can be found on several bootlegs, including The Lost Masters Vol. 03 (Labour Of Love) [track 09], The Original Darkness Mixes (E. St. Records) [track 14], and Darkness Outtakes 1978 Vol. 2: The Way (Scorpio) [track 04].

Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Vol. 3 (Labour Of Love)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Vol. 3 (Labour Of Love)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Original Darkness Mixes (E. St. Records)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Original Darkness Mixes (E. St. Records)
Bruce Springsteen -- Darkness Outtakes 1978 Vol. 2: The Way (Scorpio)
Bruce Springsteen -- Darkness Outtakes 1978 Vol. 2: The Way (Scorpio)

This outtake version's backing track can also be found on several bootlegs, including The Lost Masters Vol. 02 (Labour Of Love) [track 09], The Definitive Darkness Outtakes Collection (E. St. Records) [disc 1, track 17], and Darkness Outtakes 1978 Vol. 3: The Promise (Scorpio) [track 10].

Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Vol. 2 (Labour Of Love)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Vol. 2 (Labour Of Love)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Definitive Darkness Outtakes Collection (E. St. Records)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Definitive Darkness Outtakes Collection (E. St. Records)
Bruce Springsteen -- Darkness Outtakes 1978 Vol. 3: The Promise (Scorpio)
Bruce Springsteen -- Darkness Outtakes 1978 Vol. 3: The Promise (Scorpio)

Live History

As far as it's known, Bruce Springsteen has never performed THE FAST SONG live.

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's THE FAST SONG.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of THE FAST SONG on this website:

THE FAST SONG [Outtake version 1]
THE FAST SONG [Outtake version 2]

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