LOSIN' KIND

Version #1

I grabbed her hand to get out of there, I felt like I was gonna be sick
Half hour later the snow started coming down, that highway got pretty slick
I seen some lights in my rearview mirror, so I panicked and I gave her a gun
I wrapped us around a telephone pole out on Highway One
She stumbled out onto the bank and sat there in a pout
Took 'em an hour and a chainsaw just to get me out
Then they threw me on a stretcher and we made that hospital run
All I remember is a trooper saying "what did you think you were doin' son?"
And the answer I couldn't find
So I just laid back and listened to the siren whine

Na yes, na na, na na na na
Na na na, na na na na na

[tape stops and then resumes]

We ended.. we end up in this Best Western... we rode around in my Buick getting drunk and having fun
We ended up in this Best Western out on Highway One
3 A.M. we went out to this little roadside bar
It was there the cash register was open, it was there I hit that guy too hard
But I knew when I hit him for the second time
One attracts the other when you're running the losin' kind

I grabbed her hand to get out of there, I felt kinda sick
Half hour later the snow started coming down, that highway got pretty slick
I seen some lights in my rearview mirror, I panicked and I gave her a run
Wrapped us around a telephone pole out on Highway 101
She stumbled out onto the bank and sat there in a pout
Trapped the driver side window, buddy when I got out
All I had to greet me was a state trooper's gun
He just looked straight at me and said "What do you think you're doin' son?"
Well the answer I couldn't find
She just started laughin', and I hung my head and cried

Yes, na na yes na na na
Na na yes, la la la la la


Page last updated: 08 Sep 2007

Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, this Nebraska acoustic home demo has quite the same story as HIGHWAY 29 from The Ghost Of Tom Joad album. A man meets a woman, pulls a holdup, kills a man then crashes the car, yet all the time he knows he is paving his own path to self-destruction. When the moment of realization comes, it is far too late to save him. The melody is very similar to HIGHWAY PATROLMAN.

Two recordings of this song are in circulation:

  • Version #1 was recorded in fall 1981 (sometime between mid-Sep and Dec), at Thrill Hill Recording (Springsteen's home studio) in Colts Neck, NJ.
  • Version #2 is the only take that surfaced from the three that were recoded on or around 03 Jan 1982 at Thrill Hill Recording. Check out version #2 for more details.

The two versions are very similar except for some few lyrical differences. Version #1 is a lot less complete and more fragmented than version #2 -- it is actually two run-through takes that are most probably consecutive. The first one consists of the 4th (and last) verse of the song. The cassette recorder is stopped and then resumed to record the second take which consists of the 3rd and 4th verses of the song. The work-in-progress title for LOSIN' KIND was THE ANSWER, under which version #1 is more known.

The above lyrics refer to version #1, which is available on several bootlegs, including Fist Full Of Dollars (E Street Records) and How Nebraska Was Born (The Godfatherecords).

Bruce Springsteen -- Fist Full Of Dollars (E Street Records) [bootleg cover art] Bruce Springsteen -- How Nebraska Was Born (The Godfatherecords) [bootleg cover art]

As far as it's known, this outtake was never played live.

Recording info taken from Brucebase. Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.


Liner notes from the How Nebraska Was Born bootleg booklet:

Tex mex influences for this very good demo. Melodies that we'll find again later in "Highway Patrolman" for a lyrics of blood and run like in many other "Nebraska" episodes. It appears for the first time the "State Trooper" character later moved to the song that will open "Nebraska" side 2. More work will turn this ballad into "Losin Kind" at first and then definitely "Highway Patrolman".