Bruce Springsteen - New York City Serenade Lyrics

Billy, he's down by the railroad tracks
Sittin' low in the back seat of his Cadillac
Diamond Jackie, she's so intact
She falls so softly beneath him
Jackie's heels are stacked, Billy's got cleats on his boots
Together they're gonna boogaloo down Broadway and come back home with the loot
It's midnight in Manhattan, this is no time to get cute
It's a mad dog's promenade
So walk tall, or baby, don't walk at all

Fish lady, fish lady, fish lady, she baits them tenement walls
She won't take corner boys, ain't got no money and they're so easy
I said, "Hey baby, won't you take my hand, walk me down Broadway
I'm a young man and I talk real loud, yeah baby, walk real proud for you
So shake it away, so shake away your street life
And hook up to the train
Hook up to the night train
Hook it up, hook up to the, hook up to the train"
But I know that she won't take the train
No, she won't take the train
No, she won't take the train
No, she won't take the train
She's afraid them tracks are gonna slow her down
And when she turns, this boy'll be gone
So long, sometimes you just gotta walk on

Hey vibes man, hey jazz man, play me your serenade
Any deeper blue and you're playin' in your grave
Save your notes, don't spend 'em on the blues boy
Save your notes, don't spend 'em on the darlin' yearlin' sharp boy
Straight for the church note ringin', vibes man sting a trash can
Listen to your junk man
Listen to your junk man
Listen to your junk man
Listen to your junk man
He's singin', singin', singin', singin'
All dressed up in satin, walkin' past the alley
Watch out for your junk man
Watch out for your junk man
Watch out for your junk man

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  1. Tony Cairns

    Badly Drawn Boy was right when he said the 2nd side of 'The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle' is one of the greatest pieces of music on record.

    ela redde

    Tony Cairns ain’t that the truth

  2. Mark Egan

    Hook me up to the night train

  3. Mauro Sansivero

    When my wife and I fell in love more than 20 years ago we enjoyed this song a lot. The night of this concert we were sitting in our terrace half a mile from Capannelle where this was recorded, waiting for our first baby to be born. Sound came to us clear as if we were there, it was sheer magic. Thanks Bruce.

  4. Michael Francis

    56 year old man crying his eyes out at his desk every time I watch this. Absolute perfection. No words.............

  5. Erik Brouwer

    All you musicians out there you can stop now it just does not get any better than this.

  6. Vivid Kothari

    This is such a brilliant song, and yet, I found it too late, even though I have been Bruce fan for a long time. Strange that such a masterpiece hasn't gained enough popularity that it warrants. This is one of those songs that may take you a while to grasp, but then it also never gets old. There is so much complexity and layers that you can hear it endlessly.

  7. William Knell

    Best bar band ever!!
    When they do requests, like this, or, especially cover songs, somebody will get the lyrics o a teleprompter for Bruce.
    But Roy didn't have sheet music for the intro here. Gary's rubbery bass part on this is great.
    One has to wonder how long ago this got slotted into rehearsals for the tour.
    Not exactly a verse/verse/ chorus number.
    Damn impressive, this whole band. The strings are a lovely addition to this.
    Just plain badass.

  8. LCMAB 1992

    beautiful beyond words.

  9. mtnstpt


  10. Alec Martin

    Going through a rough time with the lady I love at the moment, feeling very unhappy, somehow listening to this remarkable track gives me hope everything will work out fine in the end. Thanks Bruce.

  11. SidecarB

    Um. Did I just die and go to heaven?

  12. Geoff Teece

    This is absolutely stunning. Always loved this. Never thought I’d see it done live so sublimely.

  13. Valdenora Maria Nascimento Cruz

    Eu amo você Bruce

  14. johnnyM809

    Genius at work

  15. Peter Scott

    How easy has Stevie got it , just chilling like his stoned of his head :)


    Peter Scott and how easy I’ve got it, just chilling, stoned, thoroughly enjoying this tune :)

  16. Joseph Burke

    Such a gorgeous piece of music!

  17. 1957PLATO

    Omg. I have that album in vinyl. It sits in my atick. Have not played it for 35 years, Bruce is really magic

  18. Loran Hills

    I saw the E Street Band play this in 1975 in an old gym at UVA before Bruce was The Boss. It's one of the best all time songs ever.

  19. Mark Egan

    A masterpiece

  20. Jo Boykin

    The E Street Band and their artistic leader, writer, and conductor, Bruce, never get enough credit. They are brilliant together. And it's incredible that they can create these gorgeous songs live. Most bands never come close to being this good live.

    I get that Dylan won the Nobel. I get it. He has written songs that will live forever and he was one of the greats who ushered in rock and roll. I get that. But if I had been on that committee, it would have been a tight race with Bruce. And consider that the Nobel is for literature. Who writes entire albums to tell a story?

  21. Al Pilialoha

    Anyone else notice Gary’s brilliant base line. It holds the price together

  22. C. m does everything

    By far the bosses most underrated song

  23. Rikard Jörnesten Photography

    A total music experience if it's ever been one. Speechless.

  24. Wills Pat

    Are they booing at the beginning?

  25. Thunder Rhododendron

    Bruce's opening notes. My god. Pure heaven.

  26. ela redde

    Some songs make you want to dance. Some songs want to make you cry. Some songs make you want to turn off the radio. Being a Springsteen fan for 30 years I figured Racing in the Street was always going to be my favourite but now I want to hook up to the night train. This performance transports you to NYC walking in amongst all the characters and the violins just make your spirit soar. Quite a wonderful thing when 12 notes can do that and stop you in your tracks.....

  27. Ralf Jäger

    next monday i will save mozartkino dalzburg trust me

  28. mark haigh

    Favourite Springsteen song ever x

  29. Gerardo Avendaño


  30. Maurício Varella

    Just Amazing!


    c'est un opéra moderne magnifique quelle intro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. timbomuffin

    Dam that guy can play tbh dam good🇬🇧👍

  33. Michael Francis

    I cried like a baby. Thank you so much for this magic.

  34. Einzelfahrt Kurzstrecke

    You never can tell - Happy Birthday

  35. michele uras

    Buon compleanno al grande Boss

  36. Mats Ljungkvist

    Congrat's man!
    Risen at twenty. Streamin', shinein' for'em fifty, livin' for ever!
    Keep on rockin'!

  37. Stef H

    🔥Happy 70th BIRTHDAY 🗽 dear 🎁 Mr Bruce Springsteen!!!!!!! ♥️😘 grazie and love from germany :)

  38. Vanessa Mourot

    So sensitive😘😘

  39. Kari Korkeamäki

    Oh dear, that piano in the

  40. Ton Bel


  41. Nicolas TELLIEZ

    Just a wonderful song

  42. alex12031968

    now I am 51 years old and have spent the last 35 years running after our new jersey guy. in over 30 shows I've seen, I live and live again the same emotions now as then. if I am the man I am, I certainly owe it to him, to his example, to his words. and in every video I see and see I find only joy. true joy, pure, spontaneous and intense joy in every face of every single spectator. and I'm glad I was with them. and I am happy to have shared unique and true moments with them. how unique and true each of us is, also thanks to Bruce. Hugs to all. Alessandro

  43. Paul Gunn

    I’ve got goosebumps watching this on a crappy little phone with crappy little speakers- l can’t even begin to imagine what it would have been like to be there.

  44. Reiner Jablonowski

    Best song of Springsteen ever

  45. Betsy Murphy

    Does anyone know if the piano player is David Sanctious from the old E Street band?

    James Smith

    The piano player here is Roy Bittan who's been in the band since 1974/5.

  46. anella d'ambrosio

    Sei un dono di Dio!! Bruce!! Grazie !! Love love !!! 😍😍😍⭐⭐⭐💙💙❤️♥️♥️😊😗

  47. vicente javier escudero

    Fantástica!!!!!.... Una belleza.

  48. Apache King

    Is this what it's going to be like in heaven?

  49. John McCormick

    Breath taking.

  50. Elvira Pascarella


  51. Valquiria Bueno

    Uma obra de arte... patrimônio d humanidade 🙏💎💎💎💘🎸🎤 AMOOOOOO 💘 Love 💘

  52. Bruce Tucker

    Was so fortunate to see this song live 5 times during his last tour to Australia. The crowd was captivated on every occasion. To think he was so young when this album was released. Way before it’s time. Just amazing. Has to be one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

  53. Hans Post

    Magnificent! I love this performance!

  54. Hervé 76

    Je reste toujours scotché par le niveau pianistique impressionnant de "the Professor".

  55. Flavia Cingolani

    Tre best❤️

  56. fossaalta

    Classe .. raffinatezza anima musica armonia

  57. Luca Regini

    I was there. Unforgettable. Thank you Bruce

  58. Martin Braonain

    What a great performance - goes full Astral Weeks on us.

  59. wayne gilroy


  60. daniela grassi

    meraviglioso bruce, una grande emozione esserci.

  61. Gary longden

    This is majestic brilliance, an outstanding reimagining of an old song. Bittan's piano is a delight.

  62. Patrick Sutherland

    This is jaw droppingly beautiful...
    Flawless performance, and it was unplayed for so long...!
    I'd give anything to have been there. Rome got a very special gift that night.

  63. juan ayala de lahoz

    Sin comentarios es el puto amo the Boss

  64. John Chesley

    You gotta love a song thats got alot of "sax and violins"☺

  65. Lance Rooney

    I was there too with my daughter and what a great gig. It doesn't get much better than 'Thunder Road' sung without the band as the last song. What was also superb was the Italian organization compared with the shambles of Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park the year before.

  66. Labor Labor

    12.07 minutes of perfection.

  67. adolfothemidget

    Can you imagine how the various members of the Roma Sinfonietta felt when they were told, "Uh, later this week, we're going to play one song with Bruce Springsteen at Ippodromo delle Capannelle. We will do one rehearsal with the band a few hours before joining him on stage. Attire will be all black, shirts, pants, shoes. Full details will be in an email that will arrive shortly, along with a pdf file of the sheet music." Ciao.

  68. Juan Carlos Caracciolo

    Gary.....oh my God! This bass is great...

  69. Gary W

    One of the greatest performances ever. One of the greatest songs ever.

  70. Teach ONE2

    Wow ! Holy shit ! Perfection and passion perfectly mixed GRAZIE to the Italian musicians who were the perfect accompaniment to this wonderful song ! My tears flow like rain now :-‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

  71. Will Allen

    My all time favourite Springsteen tune. Never heard a live recording of it before!

  72. Vera Stewart

    Awesome video. Awesome song.

  73. Valquiria Bueno

    Love 💘 Bruce Springsteen thank you 💕

  74. tonitsi78

    Okay everybody. You can quit searching. The best video on YouTube has been found.

    Mark Egan

    tonitsi78 correct my friend

  75. Wilmar Marques souza

    Is a beautiful music ! I liked very ! SPRINGSTEEN is LIFE !

  76. McGee Poletto


    james conkling

    Roy Bittan

  77. Claudia Campos

    Eu te amo tanto!

  78. Arnau Martín

    No tiene estribillo. Pero es mágica

  79. MannBrothersFilms

    Brucie 🎸🎷❤

  80. ExcuseMeWhileIKissTheSky

    Magistral 💘

  81. Jim DiBattista

    This one actually brought tears to my eyes.

  82. Stefano Natale


  83. RaphizZ

    he protecc
    he attacc
    but most importantly he plays New York City Serenade

  84. Mori Stefano

    Simply magic.... Make me cry...

  85. Dave Popkin

    I was there. I almost passed out from joy and shock. Such a stirring and memorable performance. Thank you.

  86. mircoporto

    non so cosa dire , splendido

  87. Art Altman

    wow. Thank you.

  88. maxmmpower

    hard to comprehend it took 'born to run' to break this cat

  89. Phantom Dan

    Absolutely Love this version - so wonderfully done with the strings and the band hitting all queues perfectly. Tight, man, really tight.

  90. sergio eduardo mendez tellez

    Originalmente la introducción pertenece a David Sancious en el Piano... y en la Batería a Vinnie López...

  91. holitipu

    Just wow. What a classical performance of everything that is superb about Springsteen, the artist. I so wish more people were aware of his genuine talent, it s too easy for the lightweights out there to pop him into the box of celebrity with too much money. This guy has worked hard and long to achieve what he has..and still gives back to audiences way more than a lot of performers. Lucky to have been along for the journey since s to health and happiness deserve it.

  92. 1oldgoat

    When it comes to writing expansive songs that tells a story that we all can relate to in some deep soul awakening way Bruce has no equal. I first heard this song some 40+years ago and I'm setting here now after all these years and thousands of listenings with a smile on my face and goose bumps on my arms just like the first time I heard it.

    Watching the faces of the violinist it is quite apparent that they too love this song they are playing and it brings them, just like the audience, great joy.

    In some far off future they will speak of Springsteen in the same way we now speak of Bach and Beethoven as one of the greatest composers to ever live and let's not forget he is also perhaps the greatest entertainer to have ever lived. Why I added the "perhaps" is beyond me

  93. Michelle Halpin

    Bruce puts everything into performing his early songs, you can see how much he enjoys doing them and how proud he is when the're requested. Carry on Bruce keep on rocking🎸🎼🎷

  94. Susana Silva

    Wow!! I love you Bruce!! Sensacional !! <3<3

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  96. Margrit Brandt

    Das ist so Wunder schön, mit meinem neuen Kopfhörer, als stehst du mit der Band neben mir. Wunderbar ist das 😢😘😘😘😘💖💖💖💖.