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Song title: Tougher than the rest


Tougher than the rest

Well It’s Saturday night you’re all dressed up in blue
I been watching you awhile maybe you been watching me too
So somebody ran out left somebody’s heart in a mess
Well if you’re looking for love honey I’m tougher than the rest

Some girls they want a handsome Dan or some good-lookin’ Joe
On their arms some girls like a sweet-talkin’ Romeo
Well ‘round here baby I learned you get what you can get
So if you’re rough enough for love honey I’m tougher than the rest

The road is dark and it’s a thin thin line
But I want you to know I’ll walk it for you anytime
Maybe your other boyfriends couldn’t pass the test
Well if you’re rough and ready for love honey I’m tougher than the rest

Well it ain’t no secret I’ve been around a time or two
Well I don’t know baby maybe you’ve been around too
Well there’s another dance all you gotta do is say yes
And if you’re rough and ready for love honey I’m tougher than the rest
If you’re rough enough for love baby I’m tougher than the rest


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 31/10/1987 The Rumrunner, Sea Bright,NJ ,USA
Last known live performance: 15/12/2018 Walter Kerr Theatre, New York,NY ,USA

Song 'history':


Played during the '1987 bar tour', which is the name under which I group the 1987 shows Bruce played with various small bands, or guesting, in small NJ clubs.
Published on TUNNEL OF LOVE, in 1987.
A real milestone of each setlist of the Tunnel of Love tour, with only one absence
Played, in acoustic version, at the Christic Shows in LA, 16/17-Nov-1990.
It only saw the light less than a dozen times in the whole Human Touch tour
Bruce gave this song only two shots through the Ghost of Tom Joad tour (25/11/1996 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park,NJ ,USA and 26/11/1996 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park,NJ ,USA)
Scarcely used during the Reunion tour, with less than a dozen inclusions
During the Rising tour, the song was played 4 times
Played during the rehearsals for the Devils and dust Tour, in Mar/Apr 2005.
Bruce inserted it 15 times in the setlists of the Devils and Dust tour
Not much used during the Magic tour, deserving only 4 renderings
Played only a couple of times in the whole Working on a Dream tour (10/04/2009 Pepsi Arena, Denver,CO ,USA and 09/10/2009 Giants Stadium, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA)
Just less than a dozen shots during the Wrecking Ball tour
Bruce gave this song only two shots through the High Hopes tour (29/01/2014 Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town ,South Africa and 26/04/2014 Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta,GA ,USA)
Just less than a dozen shots during the 2016 The River tour
Published in live soundtrack of 'Springsteen on Broadway' show
Largely (206 times) played during the Springsteen on Broadway tour

The song was also played in informal happenings or off-tour appearances
Data from the www.brucespringsteen.it database