THIS HARD LAND

Live 29 Jun 2000 version


[Spoken intro:] For my friends from overseas. Fellas, I know there's a lot of folks that came from Italy and from Spain, Italia, EspaƱa, como esta ??? You... right on, brother. Let's go, this is for you.

Well hey there mister, can you tell me what happened to the seeds I've sown
Can you give me a reason, sir, as to why they've never grown
Well they just blown around from town to town till they back out on to these fields
Yeah where they fall from my hand back into the dirt of this hard land
Come on!

Well me and my sister, from Germantown yeah we did ride
And we made our beds, sir, from the rock on the mountain side
We've been blowing around from town to town looking for a place to land
Where the sun bursts through the clouds to fall like a circle, like a circle of fire down on this hard land

Now even the rain it don't come around, don't come around here no more
And the only sound at night's the wind slamming that back porch door
Well it stirs you up like it wants to blow you down, twisting and churning up the sand
Leaving all them scarecrows lying face down, face down in the dirt of this hard land
Whoa! Come on Roy!

Come on Nils!

Yeah, from a building up on the hill I can hear a tape deck blasting "Home On The Range"
I can see them bar rim choppers sweeping low across the plains
And it's me and you Frank, we're looking for lost cattle, our hooves twisting and churning up the sand
Yeah we're riding in the whirlwind, searching for a lost treasure way down south of the Rio Grande
Yeah we're riding cross that river in the moonlight up onto the banks of this hard land

Hey Frank won't you pack your bags and meet me tonight down at Liberty Hall
I just want a kiss from you my brother and we'll ride 'till we fall
We'll sleep out in the fields, we'll sleep by the rivers, and in the morning we'll make a plan
Well if you can't make it, stay hard, stay hungry, stay alive if you can and meet me in a dream of this hard land
Come on Professor!

Whoa! Whoa!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 29 Jun 2000 performance of THIS HARD LAND at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during The Reunion Tour. The song was played in a full-band arrangement. It was officially released (without the spoken intro) on the Live 2-track promo single. See the "Official Releases" section below for more details.

Ticket stub for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Ticket stub for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Handwritten setlist for the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

Official Releases

The live 29 Jun 2000 version of THIS HARD LAND was released on Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live, a 2-track promo CD single given away exclusively with copies of the Live In New York City DVD and containing two otherwise unavailable live recordings from the 29 Jun 2000 show at Madison Square Garden. The track was also included on a very rare Columbia Records "in-house" promo CD-R.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live

CD single - Columbia (SAMP 2402) - Australia, 2001

Austrian pressing for the European market.

01- MY HOMETOWN [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
02- THIS HARD LAND [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live

CD single - Columbia (SAMPCS 10881) - Austria, 2001

Austrian pressing for the European market.

01- MY HOMETOWN [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
02- THIS HARD LAND [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live

CD single - Columbia (SAMPCS 10881) - Japan, 2001

As opposed to the rest of the world, the Japanese version of this single was not made available with the Live In New York City DVD in Japan. Instead, the Japanese DVD merely contained a coupon for a competition entry to win copies.

01- MY HOMETOWN [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
02- THIS HARD LAND [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live

CD single - Columbia (CSK 56656) - USA, 2001

01- MY HOMETOWN [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
02- THIS HARD LAND [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Bonus Tracks
Bruce Springsteen -- Bonus Tracks

CD-R EP - Columbia (no catalog number) - USA, 2001

Promo CD-R EP given exclusively to some very few top executives at Columbia Records. See I'LL STAND BY YOU ALWAYS for more info.

01- I'LL STAND BY YOU ALWAYS
02- MY HOMETOWN [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
03- THIS HARD LAND [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]

Credits / References

Thanks Massimo Truchet for the Japanese single scan. Info for some of the above releases is taken from the Lost In The Flood website.

Available Versions

List of available versions of THIS HARD LAND on this website:

THIS HARD LAND [Official 1982 studio version]
THIS HARD LAND [Official 1995 studio version]
THIS HARD LAND [Unofficial 1995 studio version]
THIS HARD LAND [Live 23 Mar 1993 version]
THIS HARD LAND [Live 21 Feb 1995 version]
THIS HARD LAND [Live 05 Apr 1995 (Sony Music Studios) version]
THIS HARD LAND [Live 28 Oct 1995 version]
THIS HARD LAND [Live 09 Dec 1995 version]
THIS HARD LAND [Live 11 Dec 1998 version]
THIS HARD LAND [Live 14 Dec 1998 version]
THIS HARD LAND [Live 29 Jun 2000 version]
THIS HARD LAND [Live 19 Feb 2003 version]
THIS HARD LAND [Live 20 Feb 2003 version]
THIS HARD LAND [Live 28 Jul 2013 version]
THIS HARD LAND [Live 28 Jan 2014 version]

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