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Song title: Does this bus stop at 82nd street?


Does this bus stop at 82nd street? - Album version

Hey bus driver keep the change, bless your children, give them names,
Don’t trust men who walk with canes,
drink this and you’ll grow wings on your feet
Broadway Mary, Joan Fontaine, advertiser on a downtown train
Christmas crier bustin’ cane, He’s in love again.
Where dock worker’s dreams mix with panther’s schemes to someday own the rodeo
Tainted women in Vistavision perform for out-of-state kids at the late show.

Wizard imps and sweat sock pimps, interstellar mongrel nymphs
Rex said that lady left him limp. Love’s like that (sure it is).
Queen of diamonds, ace of spades newly discovered lovers of the everglades
They take out a full page ad in the trades to announce their arrival
And Mary Lou she found out how to cope, she rides to heaven on a gyroscope
The Daily News asks her for the dope
She says “Man, the dope’s that there’s still hope”

Senorita, Spanish rose, wipes her eyes and blows her nose
Uptown in Harlem she throw a rose to some lucky, young matador.


Does this bus stop at 82nd street? - Hammond demo

Hey bus driver, keep the change, bless your children, give them names
Don't trust men who walk with canes
Drink this and in a week you'll have wings on your feet
Broadway Mary, Joan Fontaine, advertiser on the downtown train
Christmas crier bustin' cane
He's in love again

Where dock worker's dreams mix with panther's schemes to someday own the rodeo
Tainted women in Vistavision perform for out of state kids at the late show

Wizard imps and sweatsock pimps
Mixed with interstellar mongrel nymphs
Rex said his lady left him limp
Well you know loves like that
Well Mary Lou found out how to cope
She rides to heaven on a gyroscope
The Daily News asks her for the dope
She says "Man, the dope's that there's still hope"

Well now Queen of Diamonds, Ace of Spades
Newly discovered lovers of the everglades
They take out a full page ad in the trades to announce their arrival
Senorita, Spanish rose, wipes her eyes and blows her nose
Uptown in Harlem she throws a rose to some lucky young matador

Notes: These are the lyrics of the version recorded during the Hammond demos


Does this bus stop at 82nd street? - Laurel Canyon demo

Hey bus driver, keep the change, bless your children, give them names
Don't trust men who walk with canes
Drink this and you'll grow wings on your feet
Broadway Mary, Joan Fontaine, advertiser on a downtown train
Oh Christmas crier bustin' cane
He's in love again

Where dock worker's dreams mix with panther's schemes to someday own the rodeo
Tainted women in Vistavision perform for out of state kids at the late show

Wizard imps and sweatsock pimps
Interstellar mongrel nymphs
Oh Rex said that lady left him limp
Loves like that, sure it is
Oh Queen of Diamonds, Ace of Spades
Newly discovered lovers of the everglades
They take out a full page ad in the trades to announce their arrival
And Mary Lou she found out how to cope
She rides to heaven on a gyroscope
The Daily News asks her for the dope
She says "Man, the dope's that there's still hope"
Senorita, Spanish rose, wipes her eyes and blows her nose
Uptown in Harlem she throws a rose to some lucky young matador

Notes: These are the lyrics of the version recorded during the Laurel Canyon Demos.


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First known live performance: 09/01/1973 Wbcn-FM Studios, Boston,MA ,USA
Last known live performance: 22/01/2017 Perth Arena, Perth ,Australia

Song 'history':

Played live 8 time(s) during the so-called 'Greetings Tour' and 30 time(s) during the gigs preceeding the official Born To Run Tour.
Keep in mind that only a small amount of the setlists of these years has surfaced, so it may have been played a lot more.
Apart from the above live performances, the song was recorded for the historical 'Hammond demos' in May 1972 and also during the Greetings / Wild sessions in 1972-73 (and released on GREETINGS....)
It only saw the light 5 times in the whole Born to Run tour
Bruce gave this song one only shot through the Human Touch tour (24/06/1993 Meadowlands Arena, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA)
A frequent number (47 apparitions) of renderings during the Ghost of Tom Joad tour
The TRACKS studio out-take collection included an alternate version of the song.
Two only performances during the Reunion tour (24/09/1999 The Spectrum, Philadelphia,PA ,USA and 23/06/2000 Madison Square Garden, New York,NY ,USA)
Not much used during the Rising tour, deserving only less than a dozen renderings
Played during the 'Double Take' shows in 2002
Scarcely used during the Devils and Dust tour, with less than a dozen inclusions
One only performance during the The Seeger Session tour (12/11/2006 Wembley Arena, London ,GB)
Not much used during the Magic tour, deserving only 3 renderings
During the Working on a Dream tour, the song was played 3 times
The Wrecking Ball tour counted 17 apparitions of this song
Played once in the whole High Hopes tour (26/02/2014 Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane ,Australia)
Just less than a dozen shots 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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