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Song title: Running on empty

(Browne) by Jackson Browne (Asylum 45460), 1978

Running on empty

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields
In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up one-on-one
I don't know where I'm running now, I'm just running on

Running on-running on empty
Running on-running blind
Running on-running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive
In sixty-nine I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I don't know when that road turned into the road I'm on

Running on-running on empty
Running on-running blind
Running on-running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Everyone I know, everywhere I go
People need some reason to believe
I don't know about anyone but me
If it takes all night, that'll be all right
If I can get you to smile before I leave

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
I don't know how to tell you all just how crazy this life feels
I look around for the friends that I used to turn to to pull me through
Looking into their eyes I see them running too

Running on-running on empty
Running on-running blind
Running on-running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Honey you really tempt me
You know the way you look so kind
I'd love to stick around but I'm running behind
You know I don't even know what I'm hoping to find
Running into the sun but I'm running behind


Statistics from the KILLING FLOOR (www.brucespringsteen.it) database


This song has never been published on any official release.

Very few performances of this songs are known (to me, at least!):
 - 12/06/1982 Central Park, New York,NY ,USA
 - 02/08/1983 Madison Square Garden, New York,NY ,USA during the 1982-84 "NJ clubs" Tour
 - 30/06/1989 Bally's, Atlantic City,NJ ,USA during the Summer '89 bar Tour
 - 12/11/1994 Lake Castaic, Los Angeles,CA ,USA
 - 13/10/2004 Continental Arena, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA during the Vote for Change Tour
 - 12/06/2007 Rechnizt theater, Red Bank,NJ ,USA

Data from the www.brucespringsteen.it database
First known live performance: 12/06/1982 Central Park, New York,NY ,USA
Last known live performance: 12/06/2007 Rechnizt theater, Red Bank,NJ ,USA

Song 'history':


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 (02/08/1983 Madison Square Garden, New York,NY ,USA)
Played during the 'Summer '89 bar tour', which is the name under which I group the 1989 shows Bruce played with various small bands, or guesting, between March and September 1989
Played during the Vote For Change tour, in October 2004.

The song was also played in informal happenings or off-tour appearances
Data from the www.brucespringsteen.it database