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Song title: Ramrod


Ramrod

Hey, little dolly with the blue jeans on
I wanna ramrod with you honey, till half-past dawn
Let your hair down sugar and pick up this beat
Come on and meet me tonight down on Bluebird Street
I’ve been working all week, I’m up to my neck in hock
Come Saturday night I let my ramrod rock

She’s a hot stepping hemi with a four on the floor
She’s a roadrunner engine in a ‘32 Ford
Late at night when I’m dead on the line
I swear I think of your pretty face when I let her unwind
Well look over yonder see them city lights
Come on little dolly ‘n’ go ramroddin’ tonight

Come on, come on, come on little baby
Come on, come on let’s shake it tonight
Come on, come, come on little sugar
Dance with your daddy and we’ll go
ramroddin’ tonight

Hey, little dolly won’t you say you will
Meet me tonight up on top of the hill
Well just a few miles cross the county line
There’s a cute little chapel nestled down in the pines
Say you’ll be mine little girl I’ll put my foot to the floor
Give me the word now sugar, we’ll go
ramroddin’ forever more.

Notes: Outtakes from the river session are identical, apart from some "mama"s instead of some "dolly"s


Ramrod - Darkness outtake

Now hey, little dolly with your blue jeans on
Oh we can make it baby all night long
Let your hair down mama and pick up this beat
Oh now meet me tonight baby down on the street
??? Mama ??? stop
Well hey little darling let her bop bop bop

??? engine with a four on the floor
It's a Pontiac engine in a '32 Ford
Late at night when I'm dead on the line
??? hear her whine
???
???
Here we go

I said come on, come on, come on little baby
Come on, come on let's shake it tonight
Come on, come, come on little sugar
Dance with your Mama and her sweet little baby tonight
Alright, Bosstime

Well now come on little darling won't you say you will
Meet me tonight up on top of the hill
???
???
???
???
All right
All right
All right
All right
It's all right
All right

Notes: Outtakes from the river session are identical, apart from some "mama"s instead of some "dolly"s


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 28/12/1978 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh,PA ,USA
Last known live performance: 27/01/2017 Perth Arena, Perth ,Australia

Song 'history':


Recorded during the DARKNESS studio sessions, but then not used for the album.
One only performance during the Darkness tour (28/12/1978 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh,PA ,USA)
Published on the double album THE RIVER, in 1980
Only 5 show without this track were played during the River tour
Bruce gave this song one only shot through the 1982-1984 period, during which Bruce played, with various small groups or guesting, in a number of bars and small clubs of the New Jersey area (25/07/1982 Stone Pony, Asbury Park,NJ ,USA)
A frequent number (70 apparitions) of renderings during the Born in the U.S.A. tour
A discrete number of performances (67) was given during the Reunion tour
The last NY show(s) of the Reunion Tour were released in both CD and DVD (more songs) 'LIVE IN NYC', which included also this song
Perfomed in a large number of shows (83) of the Rising tour
The Barcelona show of the Rising tour was broadcast and released on DVD 'LIVE IN BARCELONA', which included also this song
A discrete number of performances (24) was given during the Devils and Dust tour
Played during the rehearsals for the We shall overcome / The Seeger session tour, in Mar/Apr 2006.
A frequent number (21 apparitions) of renderings during the The Seeger Session tour
During the Magic tour, the song was played less than a dozen times
Not much used during the Working on a Dream tour, deserving only less than a dozen renderings
Just less than a dozen shots during the Wrecking Ball tour
Scarcely used during the High Hopes tour, with less than a dozen inclusions
Published in live version in the DVD: 'Tempe 80' of 'THE TIES THAT BIND'
Largely (50 times) played 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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