Early demo #2
I heard the whistle -- heard that whistle whine
Then I hung my head and cried
Now I swing a sledge hammer on a railroad gang
Knocking down them cross ties, working in the rain
Sometimes don't it feel like you're a rider, baby, on a downbound train
Woa woa, woa woa woa woa
Woa woa, woa woa woa woa woa
This is a practice solo acoustic demo recorded at Springsteen's home in Colt's Neck, NJ,
sometime between mid-Sep and Dec 1981, following the end of The River tour. This is an
unprofessional "work in progress" home cassette recording, and it appears on the
Fist Full Of Dollars bootleg.
On this demo, Bruce tries a finished verse with the rough vocal that will be Nebraska's
trade of mark. In these 70 seconds, Bruce sings the verse that will close the final version of the
Check out early demo #1, which is another practice demo from
the same period, and the Nebraska demo version, which is
professionally recorded and much more developed.
Also check the album's version (more details), the live
versions (live 21 Jun 1985 version,
live 11 Aug 1999 version, and
live 25 Jun 2005 version), and the cover versions
(The Smithereens' version,
Raul Malo's version, and
Kirk Kelly's version).