TOWN CALLED HEARTBREAK

Album's version

They say love
A love has its very own light
That can shine through the darkest night
That we've heard of
And that light
That you may want so much
Well maybe you can never touch
Though you may try
Now at night I dream
I'm all alone
Big sledgehammer and a cold dark stone
Man swing the hammer
World begin to shake
I'm just living in a town called Heartbreak (I'm just living in a town called Heartbreak)

Now Eve
She stood by Adam's side
Ah, somewhere in paradise
When the world was young (ooh)
And their love (love)
That was so pure and sound
Was cursed straight into the ground
That they walked on (that they walked on)
Now somewhere in every kiss
I still feel the blame
Like a dirty link
In a long dark chain
Man pull the chain
World begin to shake
I'm just living in a town called Heartbreak (I'm just living in a town called Heartbreak)
I'm just living in this town

You've gotta work with me baby
(Gotta work) with me baby
(Gotta work) with me baby
Gotta (work) with me baby
(Gotta work) with me baby
Gotta (work) with me baby
Gotta (work) with me baby
Gotta work with me baby

She says "man,
I've given you my flesh and blood
But that just wasn't good enough
You wanted my soul"
He says "girl, (ooh)
No matter how hard I try (ooh)
You just ain't ever satisfied (ooh)
Oh no no no" (No, no, no)
Now at night the same dream
I'm all alone
Big sledgehammer and a cold dark stone
Man swing the hammer
World begin to shake
I'm just living in a town called Heartbreak (I'm just living in a town called Heartbreak)
I'm just living in a town called Heartbreak (I'm just living in a town called Heartbreak)

You gotta work with me baby
Gotta (work) with me baby
Gotta (work) with me baby
(Gotta work) oh with me baby
Gotta (work) with me baby
(Gotta work) with me baby
(Gotta work) with me baby
Gotta work with me baby
(Ooh)
Gotta work with me baby
(Ooh)
Ooh
You gotta work with me baby
You've gotta work with me baby
You've gotta work with me baby
You gotta work with me baby
You've gotta work with me baby
You gotta work with me baby
(Ooh)


Page last updated: 28 Mar 2008

Written by Patti Scialfa, TOWN CALLED HEARTBREAK is from her third album Play It As It Lays which she released on 04 Sep 2007 on Columbia Records. The song contains a sample of Janis Ian's song SOCIETY'S CHILD.

Bruce Springsteen contributes in the studio recording of five of the album's tracks -- he plays acoustic guitar on TOWN CALLED HEARTBREAK. He is also credited for some photography on the album's artwork.

The album's version of TOWN CALLED HEARTBREAK has a 5:29 minutes duration. An "Edit" version of 3:36 minutes duration also exists. Check out the Edit version for more details.

The above lyrics are for the Play It As It Lays album's version of TOWN CALLED HEARTBREAK.

The song was played as a duet (Patti and Bruce) fairly regularly on the 2007 U.S. Leg of the Magic Tour. The total number of performances was 11 times, the first 3 of which were played in an acoustic version, while the remaining 8 were played in a full-band version. The full-band version was shorter than the acoustic one, and very similar to the Edit version that was officially released.

  • 25 Sep 2007 at the Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ, during the second of three public rehearsal shows for the tour.
  • 28 Sep 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, during the third of three public rehearsal shows for the tour.
  • Plus a total of 9 times on the tour's regular shows (all between early Oct and mid-Nov 2007).

List of available versions of TOWN CALLED HEARTBREAK on this website:

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


Patti Scialfa notes about the song:

That was an old song I had lying around that I never found the right place for before. But then when I started this record, I knew this was going to be a good fit because these songs are a little tougher. Musically the song really came to life once we got a bottom, kind of like an old Creedence song and a top, sort of like "Chain Of Fools". Everyone played it so well. Steve Jordan is so great. I've known him since I was a teenager and he naturally, organically understands how I want things to sound. And that's such a great help in making things come together. The song itself is about the natural conflicts of real and longstanding relationship. It's the adult's complaints. It's a song that says, "Work with me, don't box me in."