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Song title: The price you pay


The price you pay - Album version

You make up your mind, you choose the chance you take
You ride to where the highway ends and the desert breaks[1]
Out on to an open road you ride until the day
You learn to sleep at night with the price you pay

Now with their hands held high,
They reached out for the open skies
And in one last breath they built the roads
they’d ride to their death
Driving on through the night, unable to break away
From the restless pull of the price you pay

Chorus:
Oh, the price you pay, oh, the price you pay
Now you can’t walk away from the price you pay

Now they’d come so far and they’d waited so long
Just to end up caught in a dream where everything goes wrong
Where the dark of night holds back the light of day
And you’ve gotta stand and fight for the price you pay
Little girl down on the strand
With that pretty little baby in your hands
Do you remember the story of the promised land
How he crossed the desert sands
And could not enter the chosen land
On the banks of the river he stayed
To face the price you pay

So let the games start, you better run you little wild heart
You can run through all the nights and all the days
But just across the county line, a stranger
passing through put up a sign
That counts the men fallen away to the price you pay,
And girl before the end of the day,
I’m gonna tear it down and throw it away

Notes: As published on the river.
[1] See Prodigal son, ten years before…


The price you pay - Live version

You make up your mind, you choose the chance you take
You ride to where the highway ends and the desert breaks[1]
Out on to an open road you ride until the day
You learn to sleep at night with the price you pay

Now with their hands held high,
They reached out for the open skies
And in one last breath they built the roads
they’d ride to their death
Driving on through the night, unable to break away
From the restless pull of the price you pay

Chorus:
Oh, the price you pay, oh, the price you pay
Now you can’t walk away from the price you pay

Well some says forget the past,
and someone say they don’t look back,
But for every step you take, buddy you leave a track,
And though it don’t seems fair, for every smile in a place,
a tear must fall somewhere, oh the price you pay
Little girl down on the strand
With that pretty little baby in your hands
Do you remember the story of the promised land
How he crossed the desert sands
And could not enter the chosen land
On the banks of the river he stayed
To face the price you pay

So let the games start, you better run you little wild heart
You can run through all the nights and all the days
But just across the county line, a stranger
passing through put up a sign
That counts the men fallen away to the price you pay,
And girl before the end of the day,
I’m gonna tear it down and throw it away

Notes: This is the different - middle verse version that was played live. The "live" central verse can also be found in the outtake versions, otherwise identical to the original.
[1] See Prodigal son, ten years before…


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 31/10/1980 Sports Arena, Los Angeles,CA ,USA
Last known live performance: 28/07/2016 Frogner Park, Oslo ,Norway

Song 'history':


Published on the double album THE RIVER, in 1980
Bruce inserted it 30 times in the setlists of the River tour
Bruce gave this song only two shots through the Working on a Dream tour (20/10/2009 The Spectrum, Philadelphia,PA ,USA and 08/11/2009 Madison Square Garden, New York,NY ,USA)
One only performance during the Wrecking Ball tour (18/07/2013 Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork ,Ireland)
Played once in the whole High Hopes tour (17/05/2014 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville,CT ,USA)
This song was due to be included, in 1980, in the THE RIVER single album projects, and has been later released on the THE TIES THAT BIND Anniversary Box
A discrete number of performances (43) was given during the 2016 The River tour
Data from the www.brucespringsteen.it database