PINK CADILLAC

Official studio version

Well now you may think I'm foolish
For the foolish things I do
You may wonder how come I love you
When you get on my nerves like you do
Well baby you know you bug me
There ain't no secret 'bout that
Well come on over here and hug me
Baby I'll spill the facts
Well honey it ain't your money
'Cause baby I got plenty of that
I love you for your pink Cadillac
Crushed velvet seats
Riding in the back
Oozing down the street
Waving to the girls
Feeling out of sight
Spending all my money
On a Saturday night
Honey I just wonder what you do there in the back
Of your pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac

Well now way back in the Bible
Temptations always come along
There's always somebody tempting
Somebody into doing something they know is wrong
Well they tempt you, man, with silver
And they tempt you, sir, with gold
And they tempt you with the pleasure
That the flesh does surely hold
They say Eve tempted Adam with an apple
But man I ain't going for that
I know it was her pink Cadillac
Crushed velvet seats
Riding in the back
Oozing down the street
Waving to the girls
Feeling out of sight
Spending all my money
On a Saturday night
Honey I just wonder what it feels like in the back
Of your pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac

Now some folks say it's too big
And uses too much gas
Some folks say it's too old
And that it goes too fast
But my love is bigger than a Honda
Yeah, it's bigger than a Subaru
Hey man there's only one thing
And one car that will do
Anyway we don't have to drive it
Honey we can park it out in back
And have a party in your pink Cadillac
Crushed velvet seats
Riding in the back
Oozing down the street
Waving to the girls
Feeling out of sight
Spending all my money on a Saturday night
Honey I just wonder what you do there in the back
Of your pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac


Page last updated: 14 Sep 2010

Intro

Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, PINK CADILLAC was first released in May 1984 as the B-side to DANCING IN THE DARK, the Born In The USA album's first and biggest hit single. The song was later included on the Tracks box set in 1998 and on the 18 Tracks collection the following year. It was heavily covered over the years, and a version recorded by Natalie Cole became a Top 10 hit single in 1988.

Studio Recording

Springsteen recorded a home demo of the song on or around 03 Jan 1982 at Thrill Hill Recording (Springsteen's home studio) in Colts Neck, NJ. See the home demo for the detailed story.

A full band take of PINK CADILLAC was recorded on 31 May 1983 at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, and was officially released on 09 May 1984 as the B-side to DANCING IN THE DARK, about a month before the official release of the Born In The USA album.

PINK CADILLAC was initially stated for inclusion on the Born In The USA album. As the album was being prepared for release at the dawn of the compact disc era, a packaging standard had yet to be set. The plastic jewel-box was not initially the rule and cardboard CD package prototypes were made (see example pictured below). The album's track listing had yet to be finalized when these prototypes were designed; the outer packaging listed PINK CADILLAC and omitted NO SURRENDER and I'M GOING DOWN.

On 21 Aug 2008, during at Magic Tour show at Sommet Center, Nashville, TN, Springsteen introduced I'M GOING DOWN saying that "this is a song that almost didn't make the Born in the USA record; it was this or 'Pink Cadillac.'..."

Lyrics

Springsteen took the lyrics "Eve tempted Adam with an apple" from his late-1981 home demo LOVE IS A DANGEROUS THING.

The lyrics "My love is bigger than a Honda / Yeah, it's bigger than a Subaru" in a song about a Cadillac is probably a reference to Buddy Holly's NOT FADE AWAY which has a line that goes "And my love is bigger than a Cadillac / I'll try to show it if you drive me back".

PINK CADILLAC is viewed to be using automobile travel as a metaphor for sexual activity, as it was the case with the Wilson Pickett 1966 R&B classic MUSTANG SALLY (originally written and recorded by Mack Rice in 1965) and later Prince's 1983 song LITTLE RED CORVETTE.

Single Releases

The "DANCING IN THE DARK / PINK CADILLAC" single was released on 09 May 1984. It was issued worldwide with no remarkable picture sleeve variations. PINK CADILLAC also appeared on several EPs worldwide. For a close-to complete and detailed list, check out the PINK CADILLAC official releases list.

The Tracks Box Set

In the liner notes of his Tracks box set, Bruce Springsteen introduces the box set as follows:

During long intervals between my record releases, as I was spending more and more time in the studio, when I met a fan out on the street I was often asked, "What are you guys doing in there?" I regularly pondered that question myself.

What we were doing in there was making a lot of music, a lot more music than I could use at any one time. As a result, my albums became a series of choices – what to include, what to leave out? I based my decisions on my creative point of view at the moment – the subject I was trying to focus on, something musical or emotional I was trying to express. In certain instances, as on Darkness on the Edge of Town, Nebraska, and The Ghost of Tom Joad, these choices crystallized the album I was making. On some of my other records the reasons I had for choosing one song over another, in hindsight, feel a good deal less significant. One of the results of working like this was that a lot of music, including some of my favorite things, remained unreleased.

This collection contains everything from the first notes I sang in the Columbia recording studio, my early and later work with the E Street Band, through to my music in the 90s. It's the alternate route to some of the destinations I travelled to on my records, an invitation into the studio on the many nights we spent making music in search of the records we presented to you. I'm glad to finally be able to share this music; here are some of the ones that got away.

-- Bruce Springsteen, September 1998

Bruce Springsteen's albums were thematically linked even if they were not strictly concept albums; so some tracks that didn't fit the theme of the album ended up orphaned, not necessarily because they didn't meet his high standards, but because, he says, they didn't fit in with the tone or themes he mined for each set. Many of these unreleased studio outtakes got under the hands of bootleggers. Discussing that issue in 1984, Springsteen told Rolling Stone's Kurt Loder, "We record a lot of material, but we just don't release it all. [...] I always tell myself that some day I'm gonna put an album out with all this stuff on it that didn't fit in. I think there's some good material there that should come out. Maybe at some point, I'll do that."

During a break in The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour, Springsteen thought that "if it's gonna be a year or longer in between records, I have all this music that I know is very good that I never released and I should release some of it whether it was just a CD or something. In that period of time, I should put something out because people would like to have it and I'd like to see it get out." He told Toby Scott (his audio archivist and recording engineer), "send me all the archives, send everything that we recorded". Scott then went to work gathering the potential material from Springsteen's massive audio library (located, along with Sony's sound archives, in the high-tech Iron Mountain facility near Buffalo, NY). "For a week or so," he told Billboard in a Nov 1998 interview, "I just listened to everything that I'd done that we hadn't put out. I made some very brief notes in a notebook, and then I just put it away. It was something that I could do at some point when I get to that place in a new project where I'm not sure how long it's going to take and it would be nice to sort of fill the gap so the fans wouldn't be so long without hearing any music from me".

Springsteen told Mark Hagen in an interview for Mojo magazine published in January 1999, "So it began just with that idea and we listened to about 250 songs, maybe more, I made quick notes in a notebook and put it away. A year went by, more maybe, and I came off the Tom Joad tour and I began to write acoustically again and I wrote about half a record. Then I got stuck and said, 'Well, I'm going to put this aside for a while.' Then I wrote half of an electric record, and hit the same place. So I thought, instead of waiting for another year to put something out I'll put some of this music together. So once again I went back to the archives." According to interview comments made by engineer Toby Scott (Springsteen's audio archivist and recording engineer), it was in February 1998 during solo sessions being conducted at Thrill Hill Recording (Springsteen's home studio) in Colts Neck, NJ, that Springsteen told Scott that the time was right to proceed with the long-anticipated box set of archived, unreleased studio takes. Thrill Hill Recording served as the main operational center for all Tracks project activities. Note that the "Thrill Hill Recording" name is used for whatever home studio Springsteen is recording at, whether it's in Rumson, NJ, Colts, NJ, or Beverly Hills, CA.

Springsteen told Billboard that the songs were culled from between 200 and 300 tunes. According to Toby Scott, the number was down to about 128 songs by late June 1998. It was then narrowed down yet again in July to about 100 songs that were prepped for the Tracks release. Although the project was originally projected to be a 6-disc set, there was a commercial decision made later in the summer to reduce the size of the release to a 4-disc (66-track) set. The package was delivered to Sony in mid-September in order to facilitate the mid-November 1998 release schedule.

Unreleased songs from the Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ sessions were not included on the box set due to ongoing and still-unresolved court proceedings involving most of these unreleased 1972 recordings. The court battle wasn't resolved until in 2001 (April 2001 in the UK and June 2001 in the U.S.), and those recordings are now free for release at any time. The opening four tracks of the box set – which were culled from Springsteen's 03 May 1972 Columbia Records audition – were not part of the court proceedings.

The Tracks box set was released on Columbia Records on 10 Nov 1998, issued on both compact disc and audio cassette formats. It's a 4-disc (or 4-cassette) set consisting of a total of 66 tracks (almost 4.5 hours long), 10 of which were heretofore unavailable single B-sides, 6 were demos and alternate versions of already-released material, and 50 (48 studio and 2 live) were never-before-released songs recorded during the sessions for Springsteen's many albums. Some tracks were treated with a recent touch-up here or there to give the older recordings a fresh polish.

  • Disc 1 consists of material from 1972 to 1980, including Springsteen's very first Columbia Records audition for legendary A & R executive John Hammond. This disc also features additional songs most of which recorded for (but never released on) Springsteen's first four albums.
     
  • Disc 2 consists of material from 1979 to 1983, taken primarily from the recording sessions of The River, Nebraska, and Born In The USA. Springsteen describes this disc as "almost the completely other album from 'The River'."
     
  • Disc 3 consists of material from 1982 to 1987, taken primarily from the recording sessions of Born In The USA and Tunnel Of Love.
     
  • Disc 4 consists of material from 1989 to 1998, taken primarily from the recording sessions of Human Touch.
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Tracks disc 1 track list (CD format):

1.MARY QUEEN OF ARKANSASRecorded at CBS Studios, New York City, NY, on 03 May 1972
2.IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITYRecorded at CBS Studios, New York City, NY, on 03 May 1972
3.GROWIN' UPRecorded at CBS Studios, New York City, NY, on 03 May 1972
4.DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREETRecorded at CBS Studios, New York City, NY, on 03 May 1972
5.BISHOP DANCEDRecorded live at Max's Kansas City, New York City, NY, on 31 Jan 1973
6.SANTA ANARecorded at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY, on 28 Jun 1973
7.SEASIDE BAR SONGRecorded at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY, on 28 Jun 1973
8.ZERO AND BLIND TERRYRecorded at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY, on 28 Jun 1973
9.LINDA LET ME BE THE ONERecorded at Record Plant, New York City, NY, on 28 Jun 1975
10.THUNDERCRACKRecorded at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY, on 28 Jun 1973
11.RENDEZVOUSRecorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, on 31 Dec 1980
12.GIVE THE GIRL A KISSRecorded at Record Plant, New York City, NY, on 10 Nov 1977
13.ICEMANRecorded at Record Plant, New York City, NY, on 27 Oct 1977
14.BRING ON THE NIGHTRecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 13 Jun 1979
15.SO YOUNG AND IN LOVERecorded at Record Plant, New York City, NY, on 06 Jan 1978
16.HEARTS OF STONERecorded at Record Plant, New York City, NY, on 14 Oct 1977
17.DON'T LOOK BACKRecorded at Record Plant, New York City, NY, on 02 Jul 1977

Tracks disc 2 track list (CD format):

1.RESTLESS NIGHTSRecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 11 Apr 1980
2.A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND (PITTSBURGH)Recorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 05 May 1982
3.ROULETTERecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 03 Apr 1978
4.DOLLHOUSERecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 21 Aug 1979
5.WHERE THE BANDS ARERecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 09 Oct 1979
6.LOOSE ENDSRecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 18 Jul 1979
7.LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLDRecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 07 Dec 1979
8.WAGES OF SINRecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 10 May 1982
9.TAKE 'EM AS THEY COMERecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 10 Apr 1980
10.BE TRUERecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 21 Jul 1979
11.RICKY WANTS A MAN OF HER OWNRecorded at Record Plant, New York City, NY, on 16 Jul 1979
12.I WANNA BE WITH YOURecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 31 May 1979
13.MARY LOURecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 30 May 1979
14.STOLEN CARRecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 26 Jul 1979
15.BORN IN THE USARecorded at Thrill Hill Recording, Colts Neck, NJ, in Jan 1982
16.JOHNNY BYE-BYERecorded at Thrill Hill Recording, Beverly Hills, CA, in Jan 1983
17.SHUT OUT THE LIGHTRecorded at Thrill Hill Recording, Beverly Hills, CA, in Jan 1983

Tracks disc 3 track list (CD format):

1.CYNTHIARecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 20 Apr 1983
2.MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWNRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 05 May 1982
3.THIS HARD LANDRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 11 May 1982
4.FRANKIERecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 14 May 1982
5.TV MOVIERecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 13 Jun 1983
6.STAND ON ITRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 16 Jun 1983
7.LION'S DENRecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 25 Jan 1982
8.CAR WASHRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 31 May 1983
9.ROCKAWAY THE DAYSRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 03 Feb 1984
10.BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGES ('83)Recorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 04 Sep 1983
11.MAN AT THE TOPRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 12 Jan 1984
12.PINK CADILLACRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 31 May 1983
13.TWO FOR THE ROADRecorded at Thrill Hill Recording, Colts Neck, NJ, in Feb 1987
14.JANEY DON'T YOU LOSE HEARTRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 16 Jun 1983
15.WHEN YOU NEED MERecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 10 Jan 1987
16.THE WISHRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 22 Feb 1987
17.THE HONEYMOONERSRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 22 Feb 1987
18.LUCKY MANRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 04 Apr 1987

Tracks disc 4 track list (CD format):

1.LEAVIN' TRAINRecorded at Oceanway Studios, Los Angeles, CA, on 27 Feb 1990
2.SEVEN ANGELSRecorded at Oceanway Studios, Los Angeles, CA, on 29 Jun 1990
3.GAVE IT A NAMERecorded at Thrill Hill Recording, Colts Neck, NJ, on 24 Aug 1998
4.SAD EYESRecorded at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA, on 25 Jan 1990
5.MY LOVER MANRecorded at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA, on 04 Dec 1990
6.OVER THE RISERecorded at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA, on 07 Dec 1990
7.WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUTRecorded at Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA, on 06 Dec 1990
8.LOOSE CHANGERecorded at Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA, on 31 Jan 1991
9.TROUBLE IN PARADISERecorded at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA, on 01 Dec 1989
10.HAPPYRecorded at A & M Studios, Los Angeles, CA, on 18 Jan 1992
11.PART MAN, PART MONKEYRecorded at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA, in Jan 1990
12.GOIN' CALIRecorded at A & M Studios, Los Angeles, CA, on 29 Jan 1991
13.BACK IN YOUR ARMSRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 12 Jan 1995
14.BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGERecorded at Thrill Hill Recording, Beverly Hills, CA, on 22 May 1995

The 18 Tracks Sampler

18 Tracks is a sampler album compiling 15 tracks from the Tracks box set, in addition to 3 previously unreleased recordings. This release was intended for the more casual fans who didn't purchase the pricey 4-disc box set. It also served the purpose as a promotional tie-in for the E Street Band's The Reunion Tour that was announced at the same time of the sampler's release.

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18 Tracks was released on 13 Apr 1999 on Columbia Records. It features 18 Springsteen compositions and clocks at 71:12. The was released on CD, cassette tape, and as a vinyl record.

18 Tracks track list (CD format):

1.GROWIN' UPRecorded at CBS Studios, New York City, NY, on 03 May 1972
2.SEASIDE BAR SONGRecorded at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY, on 28 Jun 1973
3.RENDEZVOUSRecorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, on 31 Dec 1980
4.HEARTS OF STONERecorded at Record Plant, New York City, NY, on 14 Oct 1977
5.WHERE THE BANDS ARERecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 09 Oct 1979
6.LOOSE ENDSRecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 18 Jul 1979
7.I WANNA BE WITH YOURecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 31 May 1979
8.BORN IN THE USARecorded at Thrill Hill Recording, Colts Neck, NJ, in Jan 1982
9.MY LOVE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWNRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 05 May 1982
10.LION'S DENRecorded at The Power Station, New York City, NY, on 25 Jan 1982
11.PINK CADILLACRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 31 May 1983
12.JANEY DON'T YOU LOSE HEARTRecorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY, on 16 Jun 1983
13.SAD EYESRecorded at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA, on 25 Jan 1990
14.PART MAN, PART MONKEYRecorded at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA, in Jan 1990
15.TROUBLE RIVERRecorded at Soundworks West, Los Angeles, CA, on 06 Apr 1990
16.BROTHERS UNDER THE BRIDGERecorded at Thrill Hill Recording, Beverly Hills, CA, on 22 May 1995
17.THE FEVERRecorded at 914 Sound Studios, Blauvelt, NY, on 16 May 1973
18.THE PROMISERecorded at at Thrill Hill Recording, Colts Neck, NJ, on 12 Feb 1999

Other Album Releases

PINK CADILLAC can also be found on one Bruce Springsteen promo-only sampler.


Bruce Springsteen -- Killer Bs (From The USA)

Cassette – CBS (CDNT 239) – Canada, 1985

Canada-only promotional cassette tape sampler compiling 10 Springsteen single B-sides.

Live History

PINK CADILLAC debuted on 01 Jul 1984 at Saint Paul Civic Center Arena in Saint Paul, MN, the second date of the Born In The USA Tour. It was frequently performed throughout the 1984-1985 tour, making a total of 95 appearances out of the 156 dates of the tour. See the live 19 Nov 1984 version.

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After the Born In The USA tour, however, PINK CADILLAC essentially disappeared from the Springsteen repertoire; it was later performed only a handful of times.

PINK CADILLAC has long been a staple of Melissa Etheridge's live repertoire. During her 02 Oct 1996 show at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI, Springsteen joined Etheridge onstage to close the show with a duet of PINK CADILLAC. The song was also played off-tour, with Clarence Clemons, on 06 Nov 1998 at Club 251 in West Palm Beach, FL.

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PINK CADILLAC is reported to have been sound-checked twice during The Reunion Tour, on 17 Oct 1999 in Los Angeles, CA, and on 14 Mar 2000 in Little Rock, AR, but the song was never played in the regular sets. In Los Angeles, it was only the song's instrumental intro that was played, mostly with Nils on guitar and Max on drums; this is the instrumental intro that was played during the 1985 stadium tour.

On 01 Sep 2001, Bruce joined Clarence Clemons and his band at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, for a short encore to close the show. PINK CADILLAC was among the four songs on which Springsteen played. Check out the live 01 Sep 2001 version. Bruce also played the song during a birthday bash for Clarence Clemons that was held on 12 Jan 2002 at BB King's Nightclub in Foxwoods Resort And Casino in Mashantucket, CT.

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PINK CADILLAC was performed 2 times during The Rising Tour. See the live 03 Oct 2003 version.

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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. PINK CADILLAC was performed at 7 of these fundraisers, always at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, and backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band.

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The Light of Day celebrated its tenth anniversary on 16 Jan 2010 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ. The unbilled Bruce Springsteen made a surprise guest appearance, joining several of the acts onstage: Willie Nile, Jesse Malin, and Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers. During the latter's set, Springsteen played PINK CADILLAC on which he was also joined by Danny Clinch and Willie Nile.

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PINK CADILLAC was performed 4 times during the Working On A Dream Tour.

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The Garden Of Eden Story

During Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's landmark 1984-1985 Born in the USA Tour, PINK CADILLAC was used as a second-set comic relief number, elongated to include a low-budget skit involving Springsteen as a Jimmy Swaggert-style televangelist, alternating with a sleazy used-car dealer, describing the history of "the conflict between worldly things and spiritual health", using a wheeled-out blackboard to locate the Garden of Eden, first in Mesopotamia, but later discovered to actually be "ten miles south of Jersey City, off the New Jersey Turnpike." The story of Adam and Eve was altered to include their heretofore unknown exit strategy: "But right here on this back lot -- for $9995 and no money down -- I've got their getaway car. And if you've got the nerve to ride! son, I've got the keys... to the first... pink Cadillac!" For an example, check out the live 19 Nov 1984 version.

Appearance in Movies

Bruce Springsteen's official studio version of PINK CADILLAC was used in the 1986 film Wise Guys, but was not included in the film's soundtrack album. The song plays while Danny DeVito and Joe Piscopo are driving a pink Cadillac to Atlantic City.


Plot: Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein are both errand boys for the Mob. When they lose $250,000, they are set up to kill each other, but they run off to Atlantic City and comedy follows.

Starring: Danny DeVito, Joe Piscopo, Harvey Keitel, Dan Hedaya, Lou Albano
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Produced by: Aaron Russo
Written by: George Gallo, Norman Steinberg
Distributed by: MGM
Release date: 18 Apr 1986

Covers

The most famous version of PINK CADILLAC is Natalie Cole's cover which she recorded in an R&B style. She released it on her 1987 album Everlasting and became a Top 10 hit single the following year. Check out Natalie Cole's version for more details. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the song as a duet with Bruce Springsteen, releasing it on his 2006 album Last Man Standing. Check out Jerry Lee Lewis' version for more details. Another notable cover is by Graham Parker, recorded for the Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen tribute album. Check out Graham Parker's version for more details.

According to Brucebase, in October 1982 Springsteen dropped in at Clover Studios in Los Angeles to visit Chuck Plotkin and Toby Scott, who are the respective producer and recording engineer for Bette Midler's work-in-progress album No Frills. Springsteen donates his (at the time) unreleased and never-performed song PINK CADILLAC to the Midler project. It is unclear if a pre-recorded demo was submitted or if Bruce spent some time teaching the song to session musicians. The actual Midler recording of the song took place a couple of weeks later, but Springsteen wasn't involved in that formal session. Midler gave the public world debut of PINK CADILLAC on 08 Dec 1982 in Portland, OR. She used it as a show opener during her entire Dec 1982 - Sep 1983 tour. However the Midler live version, which apparently mirrors her studio version, is a major adaptation, with Bruce's middle lyric verse removed and additional lyrics of a song by John David Martin called CADILLAC WALK sequenced into the end of Bruce's song. Although Midler was allowed to perform the song in that arrangement throughout her 82-83 tour, Springsteen, after hearing the Midler studio version, would not allow her to release it on her July 1983 No Frills album. The song was pulled from the album and replaced by a Midler cover of the Rolling Stones' BEAST OF BURDEN. However, a live version of PINK CADILLAC / CADILLAC WALK was released on a promotional CD titled Art Or Bust (Atlantic, catalogue # 30805-1).

PINK CADILLAC was heavily covered over the years, found on many artists' studio and live albums, compilations, and singles. It is also included on many Bruce Springsteen tribute albums. For a complete and detailed list, check out the PINK CADILLAC released covers list.

Available Versions

List of available versions of PINK CADILLAC on this website:

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Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Some of the above info about the studio recording and the live performances are taken from Brucebase. Info and scans for the some of the above Bruce Springsteen official releases are taken from the Lost In The Flood website. "The Garden Of Eden story" section is copied from Wikipedia.

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