Live 31 May 1973 version

One, two, three, four

Well, hey bus driver, keep the change, bless your children, give 'em names
Don't trust men who walk with canes
Drink this and you'll grow wings on your feet
Broadway Mary, Joan Fontaine, advertiser on a downtown train
Christmas crier bustin' cane, she's in love again

Where dock worker's dreams mix with panther's schemes to someday own the rodeo
Tainted women in VistaVision perform for out-of-state kids at the late show

Wizard imps, uh, sweat sock pimps, interstellar mongrel nymphs
Well now, Rex said that lady left him limp
Oh, love is like that
Queen of Diamonds, Ace of a-Spades, newly discovered lovers of the Everglades
They take out a full page ad in the trades to announce their arrival
Oh, there, Danny!

La la la

Oh, oh, oh


Clarence, play it!

Hey, hey!

And now Mary Lou, she found out how to cope, she rides to heaven on a gyroscope
The Daily News asked her for the dope
She said, "Man, the dope's that there's still hope"

Mm, Senorita, oh, Spanish rose, wipes her eyes and then blows her nose
Uptown in Harlem she throw a rose to some lucky young matador

La la la la, la la la la
Ooh, la la
Ooh, ooh, ooh, oh
La la la, la la la, la la la la la la la
Whoa oh oh oh, oh oh oh
Right here

Ah, alright

Page last updated: 08 Jan 2012


The above lyrics are for the live 31 May 1973 radio performance of DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET as broadcast on Richmond's WGOE-FM. The song was played in a full-band acoustic arrangement.

The 31 May 1973 WGOE-FM Radio Performance

Bruce Springsteen's 31 May 1973 radio performance was broadcast live on Richmond's WGOE-FM. The show took place at Alpha Sound Studios in Richmond, VA, and the radio station broadcasted it via remote hook-up. While all his other radio shows were merely recorded inside the DJ broadcast room, this was the only time that Springsteen ever played for a radio broadcast from an actual recording studio. Besides the WGOE DJ, the small audience heard inside the studio with the band includes Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos, and David Sancious who had yet to join the band but was employed at the studio at the time.

Springsteen performed six songs on this radio show:

After the show, Mike Appel took possession of the master tape, so none of the performance was ever re-broadcast by the station. The complete radio show was taped by a listener and has since circulated among fans, but the sound quality is weak. A low generation copy of the entire original master tape first surfaced in very limited hands in the early nineties. The complete master tape in perfect sound quality finally emerged into the wider collector community in early 2007.

Available Versions

List of available versions of DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET on this website:

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake). Most of the above info about this radio performance is taken from Brucebase.