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Song title: Where the bands are


Where the bands are

I hear the guitars ringing out there
Ringing out down Union Street
I hear the lead singer shouting out yeah
And I wanna be a slave to the beat
And tonight I wanna break my chains
Somebody break my heart
Somebody shake my brains
Downtown they’re singing what I wanna hear
It’s the sound little girl thats ringing in my ear

I wanna be where the bands are
I wanna be where the bands are
Where the bands are
I wanna be where the bands are

Get off from work and I grab something to eat
I turn the corner and I drive down your street
Little gray houses, mama, looks like nowhere
But hey I know you’re hiding in there
Come on out for just a little while
You know that heart of stone
Girl it just ain’t your style
Tonight I want to feel, feel the crowd
And when I tell you that I love you
I wanna shout it out loud
Shout it out loud
Shout it out loud

I wanna be where the bands are
I wanna be where the bands are
Where the bands are
I wanna be where the bands are
I.....wanna.....be
Where the bands are

I hear the guitars ringin’ out again
Ringin’ on down Union Street
I hear the lead singer shoutin’ out and girl
I wanna be a slave to the beat
And I want something that’ll break my chains
Something to break my heart
Something to shake my brains
There’s a rocker’s special on tonight
So meet me on down
‘Neath the neon lights

Notes: Evolution of "Let's go"
[1] The verses are also found in Jackson cage and Whitetown ('79)


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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 19/04/1999 Forum Assago, Milan ,Italy
Last known live performance: 28/07/2012 Ullevi Stadium, Goteborg ,Sweden

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. Also included in the TRACKS 'greatest hits', '18-TRACKS'.
Played during the Reunion tour (30 times)
Just less than a dozen shots during the Rising tour
One only performance during the Wrecking Ball tour (28/07/2012 Ullevi Stadium, Goteborg ,Sweden)
The song was then included in the THE TIES THAT BIND Anniversary Box, released in 2015.
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