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Song title: Kitty's back


Kitty's back - Album version

Catlong sighs holdin’ Kitty’s black tooth,
She left to marry some top cat, ain’t it the cold truth,
And there hasn’t been a tally since Sally left the alley,
Since Kitty left with Big Pretty things have got pretty thin,
It’s tight on this fence since them young dudes are musclin’ in.

Jack Knife cries cause Baby’s in a bundle,
She goes runnin’ nightly, lightly through the jungle,
And them tin cans are explodin’ out of the ninety degree heat,
Cat somehow lost his baby down on Bleeker Street,
It’s sad but it sure is true
Cat shrugs his shoulders, sits back and sighs.

Catlong lies back bent on a trash can,
Flashin’ lights cut the night, dude in the white says he’s the man,
Well you better move fast when you’re young or you’re not long around,
Cat somehow lost his Kitty in the city pound,
So get right, get tight, get down.
Who’s that down at the end of the alley, she’s been gone so long,
Here she comes, here she comes, here she comes, here she comes,
Kitty’s back in town, here she comes now, Kitty’s back in town,
Cat knows Kitty’s been untrue and that she left him for a city dude,
Well she’s so soft, she’s so blue,
When he looks into her eyes he just sits back and sighs,
OOh what can I do, ooh what can I do?
OOh what can I do, ohh what can I do? Alright.
OOh alright, ooh alright, ooh alright, ooh alright.


Kitty's back - "All weekend long" outtake

Catlong sighs holdin' Kitty's black tooth
She left to marry some top cat, ain't it the cold truth
And there hasn't been a tally since Sally left the alley
Since Kitty left with Big Pretty things have got pretty thin yeah yeah
It's tight on this fence since them young dudes are musclin' in

Jack Knife cries cause Baby's in a bundle
She goes runnin' nightly, lightly through the jungle
And them tin cans are explodin' out of the ninety degree heat
Cat somehow lost his baby down on Bleeker Street
It's sad but it sure is true
Cat shrugs his shoulders, sits back and sighs
Ohhhh, what can I do, oh oh oh what can I do?
Ohhhh, what can I do, oh oh oh what can I do?

Catlong lies back bent on a trash can
Flashin' lights cut the night, dude in the white says he's the man
Well you better learn to move fast when you're young or you're not long around
Cat somehow lost his baby in the city pound*
So get right, get tight, get down

Here she comes walking back down the alley, she been out all weekend long
She's all dressed up in her hot pants, she got on her spiked heels and a boy here she comes*
Kitty's back in town, Kitty's back in town, Kitty's back in town, Kitty's back in town
Kitty's back in town, Kitty's back in town, Kitty's back in town, Kitty's back in town
Cat knows Kitty's been untrue and that she left him for a city dude
But she's so soft, she's so blue
When he looks into her eyes he just sits back and sighs
Oooh what can I do, ooh what can I do?
Oooh what can I do, ohh what can I do?
Oooh alright, ooh alright, ooh alright, ooh alright

Notes: Studio out-take version.


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 13/10/1973 Kennedy Centre, Washington,DC ,USA
Last known live performance: 22/01/2017 Perth Arena, Perth ,Australia

Song 'history':

Played live 48 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 during the Greetings / Wild sessions in 1972-73 (and released on THE WILD....)
Bruce inserted it 59 times in the setlists of the Born to Run tour
During the Darkness tour, the song was played less than a dozen times
A great classic of the Convention Hall Holiday shows, being played during the Conventional Hall shows in 2000,2001 and 2003
Not much used during the Rising tour, deserving only less than a dozen renderings
In the Devils and Dust tour, the song was only practiced (20/10/2005 DCU Center, Worcester,MA ,USA, during the soundcheck.) but never played in the regular set.
The Magic tour counted 16 apparitions of this song
Just less than a dozen shots during the Working on a Dream tour
Not much used during the Wrecking Ball tour, deserving only 5 renderings
Played only a couple of times in the whole High Hopes tour (05/02/2014 Perth Arena, Perth ,Australia and 26/02/2014 Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane ,Australia)
Scarcely used during the 2016 The River tour, with less than a dozen inclusions
Performed 1 times during the 2017 Summer tour

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