Live 09 Mar 1974 version

[Spoken intro:] This is, uh, this first thing we're going to do, is, it's off the first album, it's a song, I was in the city, I was playing at this joint, this, uh, the Gaslight, this old Gaslight Club, which, uh, is closed down now, you know, but, uh, this little hole in the wall in the Village. And, uh, I wrote half of this on the bus going uptown and half on the subway coming back down, you know? This, this, this is "Bus Stop".

Hey bus driver, keep the change, bless your children, give them names
Don't you 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 is in love again

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

Wizard imps, uh, sweat sock pimps, interstellar mongrel nymphs
Oh, Rex said that lady left him limp
You know, love is just like that
And Queen of Diamonds, Ace of Spades, newly discovered lovers of the Everglades
Take out a full page ad in the trades, uh, to announce, to announce their arrival
On the accordion! Ah!

Go ahead

Clarence Clemons

And Mary Lou 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"

Senorita, Spanish rose, wipes her eyes and blows her nose
Right here!
Uptown in Harlem she throws a rose, oh, to some lucky young matador

Page last updated: 08 Jan 2012


The above lyrics are for the live 09 Mar 1974 radio performance of DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET as broadcast on Houston's KLOL-FM. The song was played in a full-band acoustic arrangement that's, while much slower-paced than the versions from the radio broadcasts in 1973 (live 09 Jan 1973 version and live 31 May 1973 version), played somewhat faster than the one in Boston later in 1974 (live 09 Apr 1974 version).

The 09 Mar 1974 KLOL-FM Radio Performance

Bruce Springsteen's 09 Mar 1974 radio performance was broadcast live on Houston's KLOL-FM. The show took place on the afternoon of 09 Mar 1974 at the radio station in Houston, TX. This was lengthiest of all Springsteen radio station performances.

Springsteen performed eight songs on this radio show:

The complete performance was recorded off the airwaves and has since circulated among fans.

Available Versions

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