Chuck Berry  - BACK IN THE USA

First performance: 05/02/1975


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 4 times, all in 1975. 
 
 
 
 
One show, held as a benefit for the ~270-seat coffeehouse, with Springsteen & The E Street Band the sole act on the bill. It was broadcast by WMMR-FM. A wild, majestic version of Chuck Berry's "Back In The U.S.A." was played that night .
 
1975-02-06 - WIDENER FIELD HOUSE, WIDENER COLLEGE, CHESTER, PA
 
Held in the school’s Hill Auditorium.. Bruce' 26th birthday......according to "brucebase" the first known DETROIT MEDLEY which inlcudes a complete rendition of Back in the USA. 
 
1975-12-27 - TOWER THEATER, UPPER DARBY, PHILADELPHIA, PA 
 

Songinfo

"Back in the U.S.A." is a song written by Chuck Berry that was released in 1959 . The song's lyrics were supposedly written based upon Berry returning to the USA following a trip to Australia and witnessing the living standards of Australian Aborigines: as Berry's biography on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website states, with "Back in the U.S.A" "Berry saluted such everyday pleasures as the drive-ins and corner cafes where hamburgers sizzle on an open grill night and day/Yeah, and a jukebox jumping with records like in the U.S.A.
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Introduction to the song :
 
"We just came back from....from Europe, England and a few other places..."
 
When Chuck Berry died Bruce tweeted :

"Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived. This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages."
Springsteen and Berry played together on at least two occasions. As back up at the University of Maryland in 1973. Springsteen asked what songs they were going to do. Berry said : " we're going to do some Chuck Berry songs." More than 20 years later, Springsteen again played backup for Berry, at a concert at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, celebrating the opening of the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.
 

Lyrics

Oh well, oh well, I feel so good today
We touched ground on an international runway
Jet propelled back home, from over the seas to the U. S. A.
New York, Los Angeles, oh, how I yearned for you
Detroit, Chicago, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge
Let alone just to be at my home back in ol' St. Lou
Did I miss the skyscrapers, did I miss the long freeway?
From the coast of California to the shores of Delaware Bay
You can bet your life I did, till I got back to the U. S. A.
Looking hard for a drive-in, searching for a corner café
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open grill night and day
Yeah, and a juke-box jumping with records like in the U.S.A.
Well, I'm so glad I'm livin' in the U.S.A.
Yes. I'm so glad I'm livin' in the U.S.A.
Anything you want, we got right here in the U.S.A.