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Song title: Zero and the blind Terry


Zero and the blind Terry

The Skulls have met the Pythons
Down at the first Street Station
Alliances have been made in alleyways
All across the nation
These boys live off the milk of a silver jet
And the love of sweet young women
The Pythons are down from old Englishtown
And they’re looking to do some living
Well the leader of the Pythons
Is the kid they just call Zero
Now Terry’s pop says these kids
Are some kind of monsters
But Terry says “No, Pop (Daddy)
They’re just plain heroes “
Zero and Terry had found a love
That burned like wild fire
Now Terry’s daddy understood
That this Zero was no good
A tramp, a thief, and a liar

Well from out of the darkness
That breaks the dawn
Zero rode like twillight
He said tonight’s the night
Blind Terry come on
Terry come on
Tonight’s the night
Pack your bags baby
And together they ran like raindeers
Through the streets
Well like tomorrow the earth
Is gonna catch on fire
Now Terry’s dad hired some troopers
To kill Zero and bring Terry back home
They caught up in the night, like firelight
Now snow-white troopers from the council of crime
Rode silver foxes through Terry’s field
Oh they met the Pythons down on Route 9 but they refused to yield
The Pythons fought with buzz guns
And the troopers with swords like light
And Zero and Terry they ran away
As the gang fought all through the night
Well now some folks say Zero and Terry got away
Others said they were caught and brought back
But still them young pilgrims to this day
Go to that spot way down by the railroad track
Where the Troopers met the Pythons
Old timers cry on a hot August night
If you look hard enough, if you try
You’ll catch Zero and Terry and all the Pythons
Oh just hiking the streets of the sky
Just walkin’, hiking the streets of the sky
Just hiking the streets of the sky
Hey Zero

Notes: You may look at the Alternate End. Probably an evolution of Phantoms


Zero and the blind Terry - Version 2

The Skulls have met the Pythons
Down at the first Street Station
Alliances have been made in alleyways
All across the nation
These boys live off the milk of a silver jet
And the love of sweet young women
The Pythons are down from old Englishtown
And they’re looking to do some living
Well the leader of the Pythons
Is the kid they just call Zero
Now Terry’s pop says these kids
Are some kind of monsters
But Terry says “No, Pop (Daddy)
They’re just plain heroes “
Zero and Terry had found a love
That burned like wild fire
Now Terry’s daddy understood
That this Zero was no good
A tramp, a thief, and a liar

Well from out of the darkness
That breaks the dawn
Zero rode like twillight
He said tonight’s the night
Blind Terry come on
Terry come on
Tonight’s the night
Pack your bags baby
And together they ran like raindeers
Through the streets
Well like tomorrow the earth
Is gonna catch on fire
Now Terry’s dad hired some troopers
To kill Zero and bring Terry back home
They caught up in the night, like firelight
Them starlight troopers, with their guns that are ...
Zero marches through Blind terry’s field
They met the Pythons down on Route Nine
But they refused to yield
Now the Pythons fought with blazed guns
And the Troopers with swords of light
And Zero and Terry they ran away
And the gang fought all through the night

Now some folks say that they got away
Other said they were caught and brought back
Ah, still young pilgrims to this day
Go to that spot way down by the railroad tracks
Where the Troopers met the Pythons
Old-timers cry on a hot August night
If you look hard enough if you try
You’ll see Zero and Terry and all the Pythons
Just hiking them streets up in the sky

Notes: Alternate ending for "Zero and the Blind Terry"


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Published on the following official releases:

Very few performances of this songs are known (to me, at least!):
 - 18/07/1973 Max's Kansas City, New York,NY ,USA during the Greetings Tour
 - 27/07/1973 Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles,CA ,USA
 - 20/10/1973 Franklin Pierce College, Rindge,NH ,USA during the Pre-BTR gigs
 - 31/10/1973 The Main Point, Bryn Mawr,PA ,USA during the Pre-BTR gigs
 - 06/01/1974 Joes Place, Boston,MA ,USA during the Pre-BTR gigs
 - 01/02/1974 Allen Theatre, Cleveland,OH ,USA during the Pre-BTR gigs
 - 22/11/2005 Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton,NJ ,USA during the Devils and Dust tour

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First known live performance: 18/07/1973 Max's Kansas City, New York,NY ,USA
Last known live performance: 22/11/2005 Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton,NJ ,USA

Song 'history':

Played live 1 time(s) during the so-called 'Greetings Tour' and 4 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.
Bruce gave this song one only shot through the Devils and Dust tour (22/11/2005 Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton,NJ ,USA)

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