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Song title: Iceman


Sleepy town ain’t got the guts to budge
Baby this emptyness has already been judged
I wanna go out tonight, I wanna find out what I got[1]
You’re a strange part of me you’re a preacher’s girl
And I don’t want no piece of this mechanical world
Got my arms open wide and my blood is running hot

We’ll take the midnight road right to the devil’s door
And even the white angels of Eden with their flaming swords
Won’t be able to stop us from hitting town in this dirty old Ford
Well it don’t take no nerve when you got nothing to guard
I got tombstones in my eyes and I’m running real hard
My baby was a lover and the world just blew her away

Once they tried to steal my heart, beat it right out of my head
(bit it and ride it out of my head)
Well baby they didn’t know that I was born dead
I am the iceman, fighting for the right to live
I say better than the glory roads of heaven
Better off riding hell-bound in the dirt
Better than bright lights of the freeway
Better than the shadows of your daddy’s church
Better than the waiting
Baby better off is the search

Notes: [1] These verses can be found in Badlands

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Very few performances of this songs are known (to me, at least!):
 - 17/05/2005 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia,PA ,USA during the Devils and Dust tour
 - 19/04/2014 Time Warner Arena, Charlotte,NC ,USA during the High Hopes tour
 - 13/07/2016 Accorhotels Arena, Paris ,France during the The River Tour 2016

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First known live performance: 17/05/2005 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia,PA ,USA
Last known live performance: 13/07/2016 Accorhotels Arena, Paris ,France

Song 'history':

Recorded during the DARKNESS studio sessions, but then not used for the album.
The TRACKS studio out-take collection included for the first (official) time this song.
One only rendering for this song in the Devils and Dust tour (17/05/2005 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia,PA ,USA)
One only rendering for this song in the High Hopes tour (19/04/2014 Time Warner Arena, Charlotte,NC ,USA)
Bruce gave this song one only shot through the 2016 The River tour (13/07/2016 Accorhotels Arena, Paris ,France)
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