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Song title: Thundercrack


Thundercrack - Tracks take

Her brains they rattle and her bones they shake
Whoah, she’s an angel from the Innerlake

Thundercrack, baby’s back
This time she’ll tell me how she really feels
Bring me down to her lightning shack
You can watch my partner reelin’

Chorus:
She moves up, she moves back
Out on the floor there just is no one cleaner
She does this thing she calls the “Jump Back Jack”
She’s got the heart of a ballerina

She’s straight from the Bronx
Hung off the line
She slips, she slides, she slops, she bops, she bumps, she grinds
Even them dance hall hacks
From the west side of the tracks
Move in close to catch her timin’

(Chorus)

She ain’t no little girl, she ain’t got no curls
Her hair ain’t brown and her eyes ain’t either
Round and round and round and round

My heart’s wood, she’s a carpenter
She’s an angel in the night, what she does is alright
Dance with me, partner, dance with me, partner
Dance with me, partner, till the dawn

Thundercrack, baby’s back
This time she’ll tell me how she really feels
Bring me down to her lightning shack
You can watch my partner reelin’
(Chorus)

She ain’t no little girl, she ain’t got no curls
Her hair ain’t brown and her eyes ain’t either
Round and round and round and round

My heart’s wood, she’s a carpenter
She’s an angel in the night, what she does is alright
Dance with me, partner, dance with me, partner
Dance with me, partner, all night

Notes: “Tracks” take, recorded at the 914 Sound Recording, 28/6/73. Performed live in that period and, quite 30 years later, at the Convention Hall shows in December 2001


Thundercrack - Previously known out take

Well her brains they rattle and her bones they shake
Oh she`s an angel from the Inner Lake
Her brains they rattle and her bones they shake
Oh she`s an angel from the Iner Lake
Don`t dance with her Henry don`t you dance with her Jake
Oh she’s an angel from the Inner Lake
She gives me more loving than a poor man can take
Oh she`s an angel from the Inner Lake
Thundercrack, baby`s back
This time she`ll tell me how she really feels
And bring me down to her lightning shack
You can watch my partner reeling
She moves up, she moves back
Out on the floor there ain’t no one cleaner
She does this thing she calls the Jump Back Jack
She’s got the heart of a ballerina
Straight from the Bronx, hung off the line
She slips, she slides, she slops, she bops, she bumps, she grinds
Even the old dancehall hacks from the West side of the tracks
Move in close to catch her timing
She moves up and then she moves back
Out on the floor there ain’t no one cleaner
She does this thing she calls the Jump Back Jack
She’s got the heart of a ballerina
She ain`t no little girl, she ain`t got no curls
her hair ain`t brown and her eyes ain’t either
Round and round and round and round and round and round and round
Round and round and round and round and round and round and round
My heart’s wood, she`s a carpenter
She’s an angel in the night, what she does is alright
Dance with me partner
Dance with me partner
Dance with me partner, till the dawn (all night)
Thundercrack, baby`s back
This time she`ll tell me how she really feels
And bring me down to her lightning shack
You can watch my partner reeling
She moves up, she moves back
Out on the floor there ain’t no one cleaner
She does this thing she calls the Jump Back Jack
She’s got the heart of a ballerina
She has parents, she has religion, she has sisters
She ain`t no little girl, she ain`t got no curls
her hair ain`t brown and her eyes ain’t either
Round and round and round and round and round and round and round
Round and round and round and round and round and round and round
And around she whirls
My heart’s wood, she`s a carpenter
She’s an angel in the night, what she does is alright
Dance with me partner
Dance with me partner
Dance with me partner, till the dawn (all night)

Notes: Live version known before “Tracks”


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 29/10/1972 National Guard Armory, Long Branch,NJ ,USA
Last known live performance: 07/09/2016 Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia,PA ,USA

Song 'history':

Played live 11 time(s) during the so-called 'Greetings Tour' and 12 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 Greetings / Wild sessions in 1972-73
The TRACKS studio out-take collection included for the first (official) time this song.
Played during the Conventional Hall shows in 2001 and 2003
Scarcely used during the Devils and Dust tour, with less than a dozen inclusions
Played during the rehearsals for the Magic tour, in Sep 2007.
Played during the Magic tour (13 times)
Not much used during the Working on a Dream tour, deserving only 3 renderings
During the Wrecking Ball tour, the song was played less than a dozen times
Bruce gave this song one only shot through the 2016 The River tour (07/09/2016 Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia,PA ,USA)

The song was also played in informal happenings or off-tour appearances
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