IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND

Album version

We said we'd walk together, baby, come what may
That come the twilight should we lose our way
If as we're walking a hand should slip free
I'll wait for you, and should I fall behind wait for me

We swore we'd travel, darling, side by side
We'd help each other stay in stride
But each lover's steps fall so differently
But I'll wait for you, and if I should fall behind wait for me

Now everyone dreams of love lasting and true
Oh but you and I know what this world can do
So let's make our steps clear that the other may see
And I'll wait for you, and if I should fall behind wait for me

Now there's a beautiful river in the valley ahead
There 'neath the oak's bough soon we will be wed
Should we lose each other in the shadow of the evening trees
I'll wait for you, and should I fall behind wait for me
Darling, I'll wait for you, and should I fall behind wait for me
Yeah I'll wait for you, and should I fall behind wait for me
I'll wait for you, should I fall behind wait for me
I'll wait for you, should I fall [fades out]


Page last updated: 23 Apr 2014

Intro

Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND is the fourth track on Springsteen's 1992 album Lucky Town. The above lyrics are for Springsteen's studio version of IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND as released on Lucky Town.

Studio Recording

According to Brucebase, IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was recorded sometime between July and December 1991 at Thrill Hill West (Springsteen's home studio in Los Angeles, CA). Bruce Springsteen plays guitars, keyboards, and sings vocals on this track, and is backed by Gary Mallaber on drums.

Lucky Town

The Human Touch recording sessions were completed by early 1991 and the album was planned to be released in the spring of that year. However Bruce Springsteen decided to hold off the release and he continued to write more songs during the spring and summer of 1991. The recording sessions for what later became Lucky Town spanned a period of about five months, from late summer 1991 to very early 1992. It would appear that they began in September 1991 at Springsteen's Los Angeles home studio and were then augmented at A&M Studios later in 1991. Chuck Plotkin has implied that about 15 songs were complete during this session period, which means there are likely only a handful of undocumented songs from these sessions still in the vaults. These mid to late 1991 sessions were not originally intended to produce a stand-alone album – the songs were meant to be added to the ones recorded in 1990 and then the complete body of material would be sieved to produce one album. However, Springsteen unusually decided to release two different albums, Human Touch and Lucky Town, at the same time.

Lucky Town was recorded between September 1991 and January 1992 at Thrill Hill West (Springsteen's home studio in Los Angeles, CA) and A&M Studios in Los Angeles, CA. The album was recorded by Toby Scott, mixed by Bob Clearmountain, and mastered by Bob Ludwig. It was produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, and Chuck Plotkin. Roy Bittan is credited as a fourth co-producer of tracks 05, 06, and 07. Lucky Town was released on Columbia Records on 31 Mar 1992, the same day as Human Touch.

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Lucky Town features 10 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 39:38.

Lucky Town track list:

  1. LUCKY TOWN
  2. SOULS OF THE DEPARTED
  3. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND
  4. BOOK OF DREAMS
  5. MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD
  6. LOCAL HERO
  7. BETTER DAYS
  8. LIVING PROOF
  9. THE BIG MUDDY
  10. LEAP OF FAITH

Single Release

IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was the third single from Lucky Town. It was released in December 1992 in Europe and Australia.


Bruce Springsteen -- If I Should Fall Behind

7-inch - Columbia (658898 7) - Holland, 1992

Side A: IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND
Side B: IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]

Bruce Springsteen -- If I Should Fall Behind

7-inch - CBS/Sony (ARIC 176) - Spain, 1992

One-sided promo-only release.

Side A: IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND
Side B: [blank]

Bruce Springsteen -- If I Should Fall Behind

CD5 - Columbia (658898 2) - Austria, 1992

Austrian pressing for the European market.

01- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND
02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
03- ONE STEP UP
04- MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER

Bruce Springsteen -- If I Should Fall Behind

CD5 - Columbia (658898 2) - Australia, 1992

01- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND
02- IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 22 Sep 1992 version]
03- ONE STEP UP
04- MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER

Other Official Releases

Other versions of IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND were also officially released:


The live 22 Sep 1992 version of IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was officially released on the In Concert / MTV Plugged home video in 1992 and album in 1993.

The Sep 1999 rehearsal version of IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was officially released on the The Comeplete Video Anthology / 1978-2000 home video in 2001.

The live 27 Jun 2000 / 01 Jul 2000 version of IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was officially released on the Live In New York City album and home video in 2001.

The live 03 Oct 2005 version of IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was officially released on the Live At The NIGHT Volume 3 promo sampler in 2006.

The live 19 Nov 2006 version of IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was officially released on the Live In Dublin album and hme video in 2007.

Live History

In preparation for World Tour 1992-1993, IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed during the tour's public warm-up rehearsal shows that took place on 06 May 1992 at Bottom Line in New York City, NY, and on 05 Jun 1992 at Hollywood Center Studios #4 in Hollywood, CA. The song is also known to have been practiced during the private rehearsal that took place in March 1993 in Glasgow, Scotland, the day before the tour's 1993 leg kicked off.

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IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed 62 times during the 102-date-long World Tour 1992-1993. 61 of these performances took place during the 1992 part of the tour and only one took place during the 1993 part (the first show of 1993).

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IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed off-tour on 22 Sep 1992 at Warner Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles, CA, during the taping of MTV Unplugged. That performance was released on the In Concert / MTV Plugged home video in 1992 and the corresponding audio album the following year. See the live 22 Sep 1992 version for more details.

IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed off-tour on 06 Jan 1993 at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City, NY, during the funeral of Kristen Ann Carr, the daughter of Springsteen's co-manager Barbara Carr and stepdaughter of Dave Marsh.

Following World Tour 1992-1993, IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed off-tour on 26 Jun 1993 in New York City, NY, during the "Kristen Ann Carr Fund Benefit Concert" benefit show.

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In preparation for The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour, IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed during the tour's public warm-up rehearsal show that took place on 21 Nov 1995 at State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.

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IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed 26 times during the 128-date-long The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour.

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In preparation for The Reunion Tour, IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed during two of the tour's two public warm-up rehearsal shows that took place in March 1999 in Asbury Park. The song is also known to have been practiced during at least one of the private rehearsals that took place in March 2009 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's first leg and during the private rehearsal that took place in April 1999 in Barcelona the day before the tour kicked off in Spain.

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IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed 132 times during the 132-date-long The Reunion Tour; that is each and every one of the tour's regular dates. The 27 Jun 2000 / 01 Jul 2000 performance of IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was officially released in 2001 on the Live In New York City album and home video. See the live 27 Jun 2000 / 01 Jul 2000 version for more details.

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IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed off-tour on 18 Aug 2001 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, during a guest appearance with Nils Lofgren and his band.

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IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed during three of the five 2001 Asbury Park holiday shows. These concerts were billed as "Bruce Springsteen with The Max Weinberg 7 and Friends", with The Max Weinberg 7 serving as the house band, and Springsteen bringing guests on and off the stage throughout the shows. On these shows the song was played with Nils Lofgren.

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IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed 5 times during the 120-date-long The Rising Tour. The first performance, from 23 Nov 2002 in Miami, FL, featured a guest appearance by Dion on vocals and was played in an arrangement more similar to The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour version than to The Reunion Tour version. The remaining four performances were played in a solo piano arrangement.

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IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed off-tour on the first of the two DoubleTake Magazine benefit shows in February 2003 at Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA.

IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed off-tour on 02 Dec 2004 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA, during the "Flood Aid '04" benefit concert. The song was played in a solo acoustic arrangement.

IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed off-tour during both holiday jam shows that were held on 19 Dec 2004 at Harry's Roadhouse in Asbury Park, NJ. The song was played in a solo acoustic arrangement.

IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed off-tour on 03 Oct 2005 at WBJB-FM Studios in Lincroft, NJ, durning an appearance for the station's Fall Membership Drive. That performance was officially released on the Live At The NIGHT Volume 3 promo sampler in 2006. See the live 03 Oct 2005 version for more details.

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IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed 9 times during the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour.

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Since 2002, Springsteen has been playing private benefit shows for schools and colleges that his kids attended — Rumson Country Day School of Rumson, NJ, and Ranney School of Tinton Falls, NJ, and Boston College of Chestnut Hill, MA. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed at one of these fundraisers, at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, and backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was also performed on 22 May 2010 with during a benefit gala for Gateway School held in New York City, NY.

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In preparation for The Seeger Sessions Tour, IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed during three of the tour's four public warm-up rehearsal shows that took place in April 2006 in Asbury Park. The song is also known to have been practiced during at least 4 of the private rehearsals that took place in Mar-Apr 2006 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's first leg, and during at least one of the private rehearsals that took place in September 2006 in Asbury Park prior to the tour's second European leg.

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IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was performed 17 times during the 56-date-long The Seeger Sessions Tour. The song was played in a "waltz" arrangement, as a duet between Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa. The 19 Nov 2006 performance at Point Theatre in Dublin was included on the Live In Dublin CD and DVD in 2007. See the live 19 Nov 2006 version for more details.

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Appearance in Movies

Bruce Springsteen's album version of IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was used in the 2000 British film Greenfingers. No soundtrack album was released for this film


Plot:A prison inmate with a green thumb goes on to compete in a national gardening competition. Based on a true story.

Starring: Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, David Kelly
Directed by: Joel Hershman
Produced by: Trudie Styler
Written by: Joel Hershman
Distributed by: Samuel Goldwyn Films, Fireworks Pictures
Release date: 13 Jul 2001 (USA, limited), 14 Sep 2001 (UK)

Bruce Springsteen's album version of IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND was used in the 2008 film Between Heaven And Hell, but was not included in the film's soundtrack album.


Plot: Grief-stricken Mike Taylor witnesses a murder and becomes an unwilling participant in a tangled web of corruption within a small TX town. A rich businessman (Andrew Sensenig) has succumbed to infidelity. His brother, a distressed and embittered detective

Starring: Dennis O'Neill, Andrew Sensenig
Directed by: Jason Ward
Produced by: Jason Ward, Ali Faulkner, Johnn R. Hudson
Written by: Marvin Faulkner
Distributed by: none
Release date: 31 Jul 2008

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