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Song title: She's the one


She's the one - Album version

With her killer graces and her secret places
That no boy can fill with her hands on her hips
Oh and that smile on her lips
Because she knows that it kills me
With her soft french cream
Standing in that doorway like a dream
I wish she’d just leave me alone
Because french cream won’t soften them boots
And french kisses will not break that heart of stone
With her long hair falling
And her eyes that shine like a midnight sun
Oh-o she’s the one, she’s the one

That thunder in your heart
At night when you’re kneeling in the dark
It says you’re never gonna leave her
But there’s this angel in her eyes
That tells such desperate lies
And all you want to do is believe her
And tonight you’ll try just one more time
To leave it all behind and to break on through
Oh she can take you, but if she wants to break you
She’s gonna find out that ain’t so easy to do
And no matter where you sleep tonight or how far you run
Oh-o she’s the one, she’s the one

Oh-o and just one kiss
She’d fill them long summer nights
With her tenderness that secret pact you made
Back when her love could save you from the bitterness
Oh she’s the one, oh she’s the one
Oh she’s the one, oh she’s the one
Oh she’s the one, oh she’s the one

Notes: Through the years, the song was often played in medley with other introducing parts (Gloria,Not fade away,Preacher's daughter,Mona,I get mad,Ain't got you...) An interesting early version was played before BTR release.


She's the one - 05-Feb-1975 pre BTR

With her killer graces, and her secret places
That no boy can fill
With her hands on her hips
Wearing that smile on her lips
Because she knows how it kills me
With her soft French cream
Well she’s a young boy’s dream
And all the girls wanna rip her apart
But French cream won’t soften her those boots
And French kisses will not soften her heart
With a smile that shines upon me
One that burns just like the sun
Oh, she’s the one

Well it was not distance, and it was not length
That brought down that wondergirl
It was a date last night and a lover’s fight
That messed up baby’s world
And you were with me in New York
That time we pushed real hard and baby I got beat
You ran and left me wasted
Wasted, burning right there in the street
With a smile that shines down on me
One that burns just like the sun
Oh, oh she’s the one

We hated your ma, we hated your pa
We hated the kids, we hated the cops
I hated the lies and I hated the truth that ran us down
Most of all I hated the town and what they did
I hated the way they made us live
I hated him for his fancy ways
And I hated you when you went away[1]

Oh, she’s the one, oh, she’s the one

Now you’re back and you’re huddled in the corner
And hey, please save me like a child
Get back on your feet, come out into the street
Where love was dangerous and wild
Remember all the movies, all them movies, baby
That we’d go see, tryin’ to learn how to walk
Talk, talk rough, just like all the heroes
We thought we had to be[1]
Smile that smile upon me
One that burns just like the sun
Oh, she’s the one
Oh, she’s the one

Notes: Pre BTR version, performed at the Main, Point, (Philadelphia) 5/2/1975
[1] These verses are very similar to the ones those will later appear in Backstreets


She's the one - Pre BTR version 2

With her killer graces, and her secret places
That no boy can fill
With her hands on her hips
Wearing that smile on her lips
Because she knows how it kills me
With her soft French cream
Well she’s a young boy’s dream
And all the girls wanna rip her apart
But French cream won’t soften her boots
And French kisses will not soften her heart
With a smile that shines upon me
One that burns just like the sun
Oh, she’s the one

Well it was not distance, and it was not length
That brought down that wondergirl
It was a date last night and a lover’s fight
In a mixed-up baby’s world
And you were with me in New York
That time we pushed real hard and baby I got beat
You ran and left me wasted
Wasted, burning right there in the street
A ghost like dust,oh baby with that smile
Oh you were born to run
Oh, oh she’s the one

We hated your ma, we hated your pa
We hated the kids, we hated the cops
I hated the lies and I hated the truth that ran us down
Most of all I hated the town for what they did
I hated the way they made us live
I hated him for his fancy ways
And I hated you when you went away[1]

Oh, she’s the one, oh, she’s the one

Now you’re back and you’re huddled in the corner
Where you hated me baby,just like a child
Get back on your feet, come out into the street
Where love was dangerous and wild
Remember all the movies, all them movies, baby
That we’d go see, tryin’ to learn how to walk
Talk, talk rough, just like all the heroes
We thought we had to be[1]
A smile that shines upon me
One that burns just like the sun
Oh, she’s the one
Oh, she’s the one

Notes: Pre BTR version
[1] These verses are very similar to the ones those will later appear in Backstreets


She's the one - Early version 3

With your killer graces and your secret places that no boy can fill
With your hands on her hips, well and that smile on your lips well you know that it kills me
And soft French cream well your a young boy's dream and all the girls want to rip you apart
And French cream won't soften and those French kisses will not soften you heart
Well that smile that shines down on me, one that burns just like the sun
Well she's the one, she's the one, she's the one, she's the one

Well it was not distance and it was not length, that brought down us girl
It was a date last night and a lovers fight in a mixed up baby's world
And you were with me in New York the time we pushed real hard and baby I got beat
You ran and left me wastin', wastin' ohhh right there in the street
With a smile that shines down on me, one that burns just like the sun
Yeah she's the one, she's the one, she's the one, she's the one

And I hated her Ma, and I hated her Pop, hated the kids, we hated the dog
And I hated the lies and I hated the truth that run us down
Hated her town, one day, I hated the way they made us live
I hated him and his fancy ways
And I hated you when you ran away[1]
Ohh she's the one, oh she's the one, oh she's the one, oh she's the one

Now your back and you heard me on the corner baby just like a child
Yeah back on your feet, come out into the street where the danger runs wild
Yeah remember all the movies, all them movies that we'd go see
Trying to learn how to walk, talk, talk just like all those heroes we thought we had to be[1]
And a smile that shines, shines and burns just like the sun
Yeah she's the one, she's the one, she's the one, she's the one
Ohhhhh
Heyyyyyy

Notes: Pre BTR version
[1] These verses are very similar to the ones those will later appear in Backstreets


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


Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 09/05/1974 Harvard Square Theatre, Cambridge,MA ,USA
Last known live performance: 16/02/2017 Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane ,Australia

Song 'history':

Played live 17 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 1974 and/or Born to Run sessions (and released on the BORN TO RUN ALBUM)
Widely used in the Born to Run tour, as it was performed 130 times
Perfomed in a large number of shows (96) of the Darkness tour
Bruce gave this song one only shot through the River tour (10/09/1981 Rosemont Horizon, Chicago,IL ,USA)
A stable inclusion in each Tunnel of Love tour show
Performed 1 times during the 1988 Amnesty International tour
Bruce inserted it 17 times in the setlists of the Reunion tour
A frequent number (50 apparitions) of renderings during the Rising tour
The Barcelona show of the Rising tour was broadcast and released on DVD 'LIVE IN BARCELONA', which included also this song
Played during the rehearsals for the Magic tour, in Sep 2007.
Widely used in the Magic tour, as it was performed 91 times
Often played during the Working on a Dream tour (34 times)
Published in live version in the 3rd DVD: House Cut 'Houston '78 of 'The Promise'
A frequent number (51 apparitions) of renderings during the Wrecking Ball tour
Not much used during the High Hopes tour, deserving only less than a dozen renderings
The 2016 The River tour counted 24 apparitions of this song
Performed 5 times during the 2017 Summer tour

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