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Song title: With every wish


With every wish

Ol’ catfish in the lake, we called him Big Jim
When I was a kid, my only wish was to get my line in him
Skipped church one Sunday and throw’d in my line
Jim took that hook, pole and me right over the side
Went drifting down past old tires and rusty cans of beer
The angel of the lake whispered in my ear
“Before you chose your wish, son, you’d better think first
With every wish there comes a curse”

I fell in love with beautiful Doreen
She was the prettiest thing this old town’d ever seen
I courted her and I made her mine
But I grew jealous whenever another man’d come walkin’ down the line
And my jealousy made me treat her mean and cruel
She sighed, “Bobby, oh Bobby, you’re such a fool
Don’t you know before you chose your wish you’d better think first
With every wish there comes a curse”

These days I sit around and laugh at all the rivers I’ve crossed
But on the far banks there’s always another forest where a man can get lost
Well there in the high trees love’s bluebird glides
Guiding us ‘cross another river on the other side
And there someone is waitin’ with a look in her eyes
And though my heart’s grown weary, and more than a little bit shy
Tonight I’ll drink from her waters to quench my thirst
And leave the angels to worry
With every wish…


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Published on the following official releases:

Very few performances of this songs are known (to me, at least!):
 - 15/06/1992 The Globe, Stockholm ,Sweden during the Human Touch Tour
 - 06/07/1992 Wembley Arena, London ,GB during the Human Touch Tour
 - 09/07/1992 Wembley Arena, London ,GB during the Human Touch Tour
 - 10/07/1992 Wembley Arena, London ,GB during the Human Touch Tour
 - 12/07/1992 Wembley Arena, London ,GB during the Human Touch Tour
 - 23/07/1992 Meadowlands Arena, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA during the Human Touch Tour
 - 17/05/1993 Maimarkthalle, Mannheim ,Germany during the Human Touch Tour, during the soundcheck.
 - 01/06/2005 Pavello Olimpic Badalona, Barcelona ,Spain during the Devils and Dust tour, during the soundcheck.

Data from the www.brucespringsteen.it database
First known live performance: 15/06/1992 The Globe, Stockholm ,Sweden
Last known live performance: 23/07/1992 Meadowlands Arena, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA

Song 'history':


Published on HUMAN TOUCH, in 1992.
Just less than a dozen shots during the Human Touch tour
In the Devils and Dust tour, the song was only practiced (01/06/2005 Pavello Olimpic Badalona, Barcelona ,Spain, during the soundcheck.) but never played in the regular set.
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