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Song title: Take'em as they come


Take'em as they come - Tracks take

Last night I dreamed we was running through the outlands
Tears streaming, your pretty face all a wreck
(I held your daddy's gun in my tremblin' hands)
And down the highway another stranger comes
You gotta take 'em baby when they come

Little girl put on your best dress
'Cause we're goin' out on the town tonight
(Better bring along your switchblade)[1]
'Cause for sure some fool's gonna wanna fight*
You've got to take 'em baby as they come

You gotta take 'em, take 'em as they come, girl
Take 'em as they come, girl
Take 'em as they come, girl
Take 'em baby as they come

God save the rider in the black night
Save the man who taught that it was right
To do what they have done
To become what we have become
You gotta take 'em baby when they come
Little girl, gone are the days
Faded away into a clear blue night
And all the vows that we made
Lie shattered and broken in the morning light
You gotta take 'em baby when they come

You gotta take 'em, take 'em as they come, girl
Take 'em as they come, girl
Take 'em as they come, girl
Take 'em baby as they come

I know your heart is breaking
I can feel it too, girl
Though my finger on the trigger's shakin'
Here I swear to you, girl
If I could take all your sorrow so that you'd never cry, girl, or be blue[2]
(Come tomorrow, girl)
That's what I'd do for you, pretty one
I swear I'll take 'em baby when they come

You gotta take 'em, take 'em as they come, girl
Take 'em as they come, girl
Take 'em as they come, girl
Take 'em baby as they come

You gotta take 'em, take 'em as they come, girl
Take 'em as they come, girl
Take 'em as they come, girl
Take 'em baby as they come
Take 'em baby as they come
Take 'em baby as they come
Take 'em baby as they come
Take 'em baby as they come

Notes: The River outtake. Published on Tracks and played in the Reunion tour.
[1]This verse curiously appear also in some early take of Something in the night
[2]Very similar to a part of Janey, don't you lose heart


Take'em as they come - Previously known out-take 1

Last night I dreamed we was runnin' through the avalanche
Tears streaming your pretty face all burned red
With your daddy's gun in my trembling hands
Down the highway another stranger comes
You gotta take 'em baby when they come

Little girl put on your red dress
'Cause we're goin' out on the town tonight
Better bring along a switchblade
Cause be sure some fools gonna want to fight[1]
You gotta Take 'em baby as they come

You gotta Take 'em
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em baby as they come

God save the rider in the black night
Save the man who taught that it was right
To do what they have done girl
To become what we have become
You gotta Take 'em baby when they come

Little girl gone are the birthdays
Faded away into the clear blue night
And all the promises we made
Lie shattered and broken in the morning light
You gotta Take 'em baby when they come

You gotta Take 'em
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em baby as they come

I know your heart is breaking
I can feel it too girl
Though my finger on the trigger is shakin'
There's just one thing to do girl

There's winners and losers
All look the same from the other side
If we could choose we could
We could try couldn't we honey
To take 'em as they come

Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em baby as they come

Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em baby as they come
Take 'em baby as they come
Take 'em baby as they come
Take 'em baby as they come
Take 'em baby as they come

Notes: The River outtake. Published on Tracks and played in the Reunion tour.
[1]This verse curiously appear also in some early take of Something in the night


Take'em as they come - Previously known out-take 2

Last night I dreamed we was runnin' through the outlands
Tears streaming your pretty face all burned red
With your daddy's gun in my trembling hands
Down the highway another stranger comes
You gotta take 'em baby when they come

Little girl put on your best dress
'Cause we're goin' out on the town tonight
Better bring along a switchblade
Be sure some fools gonna want to fight[1]
You gotta Take 'em baby as they come

You gotta Take 'em
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em baby as they come

God save the rider in the black night
Save the man who taught that it was right
To do what they have done girl
To become what we have become
You gotta Take 'em baby when they come

Little girl gone are the birthdays
Faded away into the clear blue light
And all the promises we made
Lie shattered and broken in the morning light
You gotta Take 'em baby when they come

You gotta Take 'em
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em baby as they come

I know your heart is breaking
I can feel it too girl
Got my finger on the trigger is shakin'
Here I swear to you girl

If I could take all your sorrow
So that you'd never cry, girl or be blue
Come tomorrow[2]
That's what I do for you little one
I swear I'll take 'em as they come

Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em baby as they come

Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em as they come girl
Take 'em baby as they come
Take 'em baby as they come
Take 'em baby as they come
Take 'em baby as they come
Take 'em baby as they come

Notes: The River outtake. Published on Tracks and played in the Reunion tour.
[1]This verse curiously appear also in some early take of Something in the night
[2]Very similar to a part of Janey, don't you lose heart


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Published on the following official releases:

Very few performances of this songs are known (to me, at least!):
 - 15/06/1999 Kickers-Stadion, Offenbach ,Germany during the Reunion Tour
 - 19/06/1999 Gelredome, Arnhem ,Netherlands during the Reunion Tour, during the soundcheck.
 - 02/08/1999 Continental Arena, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA during the Reunion Tour
 - 21/09/1999 First Union Center, Philadelphia,PA ,USA during the Reunion Tour
 - 27/09/1999 United Center, Chicago,IL ,USA during the Reunion Tour, during the soundcheck.
 - 30/09/1999 United Center, Chicago,IL ,USA during the Reunion Tour
 - 23/10/1999 Staples Center, Los Angeles,CA ,USA during the Reunion Tour
 - 17/11/1999 Schottenstein center, Columbus,OH ,USA during the Reunion Tour, during the soundcheck.
 - 09/04/2000 Kemper Arena, Kansas City,MO ,USA during the Reunion Tour
 - 12/04/2000 Nashville Arena, Nashville,TN ,USA during the Reunion Tour, during the soundcheck.
 - 07/05/2000 Civic Center, Hartford,CT ,USA during the Reunion Tour, during the soundcheck.
 - 22/05/2000 Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim,CA ,USA during the Reunion Tour
 - 20/06/2000 Madison Square Garden, New York,NY ,USA during the Reunion Tour
 - 14/06/2003 Idraetsparken, Copenhagen ,Denmark during the The Rising Tour
 - 14/07/2012 Hard Rock Calling - Hyde Park, London ,GB during the Wrecking ball tour

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First known live performance: 15/06/1999 Kickers-Stadion, Offenbach ,Germany
Last known live performance: 14/07/2012 Hard Rock Calling - Hyde Park, London ,GB

Song 'history':


Studio recordings have surfaced from the THE RIVER sessions, but the song was not used for that album.
The TRACKS studio out-take collection included for the first (official) time this song.
Scarcely used during the Reunion tour, with less than a dozen inclusions
One only rendering for this song in the Rising tour (14/06/2003 Idraetsparken, Copenhagen ,Denmark)
Played once in the whole Wrecking Ball tour (14/07/2012 Hard Rock Calling - Hyde Park, London ,GB)
The song was then included in the THE TIES THAT BIND Anniversary Box, released in 2015.
Data from the www.brucespringsteen.it database