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Song title: Tougher than the rest


Tougher than the rest

Well It’s Saturday night you’re all dressed up in blue
I been watching you awhile maybe you been watching me too
So somebody ran out left somebody’s heart in a mess
Well if you’re looking for love honey I’m tougher than the rest

Some girls they want a handsome Dan or some good-lookin’ Joe
On their arms some girls like a sweet-talkin’ Romeo
Well ‘round here baby I learned you get what you can get
So if you’re rough enough for love honey I’m tougher than the rest

The road is dark and it’s a thin thin line
But I want you to know I’ll walk it for you anytime
Maybe your other boyfriends couldn’t pass the test
Well if you’re rough and ready for love honey I’m tougher than the rest

Well it ain’t no secret I’ve been around a time or two
Well I don’t know baby maybe you’ve been around too
Well there’s another dance all you gotta do is say yes
And if you’re rough and ready for love honey I’m tougher than the rest
If you’re rough enough for love baby I’m tougher than the rest


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 31/10/1987 The Rumrunner, Sea Bright,NJ ,USA
Last known live performance: 15/12/2018 Walter Kerr Theatre, New York,NY ,USA

Song 'history':


Played during the '1987 bar tour', which is the name under which I group the 1987 shows Bruce played with various small bands, or guesting, in small NJ clubs.
Published on TUNNEL OF LOVE, in 1987.
A stable inclusion in pratically each Tunnel of Love tour show, with only one absence
Played, in acoustic version, at the Christic Shows in LA, 16/17-Nov-1990.
Just less than a dozen shots during the Human Touch tour
Two only performances during the Ghost of Tom Joad tour (25/11/1996 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park,NJ ,USA and 26/11/1996 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park,NJ ,USA)
It only saw the light less than a dozen times in the whole Reunion tour
Just 4 shots during the Rising tour
Played during the rehearsals for the Devils and dust Tour, in Mar/Apr 2005.
The Devils and Dust tour counted 15 apparitions of this song
It only saw the light 4 times in the whole Magic tour
Bruce gave this song only two shots through the Working on a Dream tour (10/04/2009 Pepsi Arena, Denver,CO ,USA and 09/10/2009 Giants Stadium, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA)
Just less than a dozen shots during the Wrecking Ball tour
Two only performances during the High Hopes tour (29/01/2014 Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town ,South Africa and 26/04/2014 Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta,GA ,USA)
Not much used during the 2016 The River tour, deserving only less than a dozen renderings
Published in live soundtrack of 'Springsteen on Broadway' show
Widely used in the Springsteen on Broadway tour, as it was performed 206 times

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