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Song title: Man at the top


Man at the top - "Tracks"

Here comes a fireman, here comes a cop
Here comes a wrench, here comes a car hop
Been going on forever, it ain’t ever gonna stop
Everybody wants to be the man at the top

Chorus:
Everybody wants to be the man at the top
Everybody wants to be the man at the top
Aim your gun, son, and shoot your shot
Everybody wants to be the man at the top

Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief
Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief
One thing in common they all got
Everybody wants to be the man at the top

(Chorus)

Man at the top says its lonely up there
If it is, man, I don’t care
From the big white house to the parking lot
Everybody wants to be the man at the top

Here comes a banker, here comes a businessman
Here comes a kid with a guitar in his hand
Dreaming of his record in the number-one spot
Everybody wants to be the man at the top

Notes: "Tracks" version, 12/1/1984 Hit Factory.


Man at the top - live 1985

Here comes a lawyer,here comes a cop.
Here comes a rich, here comes a car-hop.
Goin’ on forever, ain’t ever gonna stop.
Everybody wants to be the man at the top.
Everybody wants to be the man at the top.
Everybody wants to be the man at the top.
Well, name your gun, son, shoot your shot.
Everybody wants to be the man at the top.

Now rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief.
Doctor, lawyer, indian chief.
Don’t ever start to ask them why.
Everybody wants to be the man at the top.
Everybody wants to be the man at the top.
Everybody wants to be the man at the top.
Well, name your gun, son, shoot your shot.
Everybody wants to be the man at the top.
All right (All right). Oh yeah (Oh yeah)
All right now (All right). Oh yeah (Oh yeah)

Man at the top says it’s lonely up there.
If it is man, I don’t care. Build a big white house.
Build a parking lot. Everybody wants to be the man at the
top.

Here comes a banker, here comes a businessman.
Here comes a kid with a guitar in his hand.
Dreamin’ of his record in number one spot.
Everybody wants to be the man at the top.
Everybody wants to be the man at the top.
Everybody wants to be the man at the top.
Well, name your gun son, shoot your shot.
Everybody wants to be the man at the top.
Say right now (All right). Say yeah now (Oh yeah)
Say right...Who’s the man at the top?
Who’s the man at the top, now?

Notes: This is the live (1985) version and has minor differences from the studio take.


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Published on the following official releases:

Very few performances of this songs are known (to me, at least!):
 - 12/07/1984 Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy,WI ,USA during the Born in the USA Tour
 - 05/08/1985 RFK Stadium, Washington,DC ,USA during the Born in the USA Tour
 - 28/07/2013 Nowlan Park, Kilkenny ,Ireland during the Wrecking ball tour

Data from the www.brucespringsteen.it database
First known live performance: 12/07/1984 Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy,WI ,USA
Last known live performance: 28/07/2013 Nowlan Park, Kilkenny ,Ireland

Song 'history':


Recorded during the BITUSA sessions (late 1982-mid 1984), but then not included on the album.
Played only a couple of times in the whole Born in the U.S.A. tour (12/07/1984 Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy,WI ,USA and 05/08/1985 RFK Stadium, Washington,DC ,USA)
The TRACKS studio out-take collection included for the first (official) time this song.
One only rendering for this song in the Wrecking Ball tour (28/07/2013 Nowlan Park, Kilkenny ,Ireland)
Data from the www.brucespringsteen.it database