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Song title: Cadillac ranch

Cadillac ranch

Well there she sits buddy just a-gleaming in the sun
There to greet a working man when his day is done
I’m gonna pack my pa and I’m gonna pack my aunt
I’m gonna take them down to the Cadillac Ranch

Eldorado fins, whitewalls and skirts
Rides just like a little bit of heaven here on earth
Well buddy when I die throw my body in the back
And drive me to the junkyard in my Cadillac

Cadillac, Cadillac
Long and dark shiny and black
Open up your engines let `em roar
Tearing up the highway like a big old dinosaur

James Dean in that Mercury `49
Junior Johnson runnin’ through the woods of Caroline
Even Burt Reynolds in that black Trans Am
All gonna meet down at the Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac, Cadillac...
Hey little girlie in the blue jeans so tight
Drivin’ alone through the Wisconsin night
You’re my last love you’re my last chance
Don’t let `em take me to the Cadillac Ranch

Notes: Out-take version is so identical to the released one not to deserve separate inclusion.

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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 03/10/1980 Chrysler Arena, Ann Arbor,MI ,USA
Last known live performance: 04/02/2017 AAMI Park, Melbourne ,Australia

Song 'history':

Published on the double album THE RIVER, in 1980
A stable inclusion in pratically each River tour show, with just a couple of exceptions
A real milestone of each setlist of the Born in the U.S.A. tour
The song (in live version) was then included in the 'LIVE 1975-85' box set
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.
Played during the Tunnel of Love tour (15 times)
Performed 20 times during the 1988 Amnesty International tour
In 1996 Sony released the BLOOD BROTHERS video (and mini-CD), which included also this song
17 perfomances were given during the Reunion tour
Bruce inserted it 12 times in the setlists of the Rising tour
It only saw the light 4 times in the whole Devils and Dust tour
Played during the rehearsals for the We shall overcome / The Seeger session tour, in Mar/Apr 2006.
Not much used during the The Seeger Session tour, deserving only 4 renderings
Bruce inserted it 12 times in the setlists of the Magic tour
The Working on a Dream tour counted 12 apparitions of this song
12 perfomances were given during the Wrecking Ball tour
Just 5 shots during the High Hopes tour
Published in live version in the DVD: 'Tempe 80' of 'THE TIES THAT BIND'
A frequent number (47 apparitions) of renderings during the 2016 The River tour
Performed 1 times during the 2017 Summer tour

The song was also played in informal happenings or off-tour appearances
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