Live 17 Nov 1990 version

[spoken intro:] Yeah, this is uh... It's funny, about 20 years ago, when Jackson and, and Bonnie and I met, I was playing at Max's Kansas City, Jackson was playing at the Bitter End, and uh, Bonnie was playing at Cafe Au Go Go and this guy David Blue saw me at Max's and say "Hey kid, come here", and brought me down uh, to Bitter End and Jackson had his first record out, and at the time I don't think I had a record out yet. I got up and played and, and Bonnie came across the street from Cafe Au Go Go and... You know, so, I was telling the folks last night that back when uh, it was hard to get a job, Bonnie Raitt used to let me open up for her. She said she thought I was cute (cheers). You gotta watch those redheads, ???, it's the redheads. Wow! You know. Well you know Bonnie's got that sexy thing going and Patti came down tonight and like to get them two redheads together and... And like when they both wear their hair up high, they, they kinda have that Miss Kitty thing going from the ??? (cheers). Yeah, it's nice, it's nice. But uh, anyway, this is uh, this is to my two favorite redheads. Oh yeah, like I remember how to play it.

Well brunettes are fine man
And blondes are fun
But when it comes to getting a dirty job done

I'll take a red headed woman
A red headed woman
I'll take a red headed woman
Yeah that will get that job done

Well now listen up stud
Your life's been wasted
'Til you've been down on your knees and tasted

A red headed woman
A red headed woman
It takes a red headed woman
To get that job done
Or you're done


Well tight skirt, strawberry hair
Tell me what secrets you've got baby under there
Big green eyes that look like sun
They can see every cheap thing that you ever done

Well now I don't care how many girls you've dated, man
You ain't lived till you've had your tires rotated

By a red headed woman
Yeah-oh a red headed woman
It takes a red headed woman
To gone and get that job done

Well now all you girls out there tonight sure look fine
But my heart and soul and this body of mine

Is a red headed woman's
Yeah it's a red headed woman
It takes a red headed woman
To get that dirty job done

Ah yeah come baby!

What's that baby?
Will I what?
Can I what?
Ah sure girl, you know what I like

Page last updated: 10 Jul 2011


The above lyrics are for the live 17 Nov 1990 performance of RED HEADED WOMAN at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA, during the second of the two acoustic Christic Institute benefit shows.

Ticket stub for the 17 Nov 1990 show at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA
[Taken from Brucebase]

Christic Institute Benefit Shows

Bruce Springsteen joined Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne on 16 and 17 Nov 1990 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA, for two acoustic benefit shows for the Christic Institute. The shows "were two of the most important and dramatic concerts of [Springsteen's] career", Backstreets magazine founder Charles R. Cross wrote. According to the Golden Globe, Springsteen and manager Jon Landau even considered making an album from these shows at one point.

Promotional poster for the 16-17 Nov 1990 Christic Institute benefit shows at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA

The Christic Institute was a public interest law firm whose most high-profile case was going to expose the CIA's involvement in the Iran-Contra drug smuggling scandals. The case was dismissed by the judge days before the trial was to begin, claiming that Christic's attorneys had failed to present some of the evidence. Christic was ordered to pay over $1 million in court costs for the defendants, effectively bankrupting the firm.

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