Elvis Presley - FOLLOW THAT DREAM

First performance: 19/04/1981


Coverinfo

 
For his version, Bruce changed some of the lyrics to Presley's FOLLOW THAT DREAM and completely rearranged the song. Originally faster, he slowed it down giving it a dramatic pace. He recorded demos of the song in 1983 and he performed it live throughout his career 51 times starting from 1981. Several home demo versions can be found on several bootlegs, including The Lost Masters Vol. 17, The Lost Masters Vol. 18, The Lost Masters Essential Collection Vol. 1 and Murder Incorporated (Flamingo Records) [track 08]. He later further revised the lyrics and recorded the song during the Born in the U.S.A. sessions, although it remained unreleased. 

More info Springsteen Lyrics  
 
  • The River Tour (25 times)
1981-04-24 - PALAIS DES SPORTS, LYON, FRANCE
1981-04-26 - FOREST NATIONAL, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
1981-04-28 - SPORTPALEIS AHOY, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
1981-05-02 - BRONDBY-HALLEN, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
1981-05-07 - JOHANNESHOVS ISSTADION, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
1981-05-11 - CITY HALL, NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND
1981-05-13 - APOLLO THEATRE, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND
1981-06-01 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
1981-06-02 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
1981-06-04 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
1981-06-05 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
1981-06-08 - BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL ARENA, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
1981-07-02 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-06 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-08 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-09 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-13 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1981-07-16 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1981-07-30 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1981-08-21 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1981-08-24 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1981-08-27 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1981-09-02 - SAN DIEGO SPORTS ARENA, SAN DIEGO, CA
1981-09-14 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI, OH 
 
  • Born In The U.S.A. Tour (11 times)
1984-08-17 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1984-08-29 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD
1984-10-17 - TACOMA DOME, TACOMA, WA
1984-10-19 - TACOMA DOME, TACOMA, WA
1984-10-21 - OAKLAND-ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM ARENA, OAKLAND, CA
1984-10-22 - OAKLAND-ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM ARENA, OAKLAND, CA
1984-10-25 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1984-10-26 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1984-10-28 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1985-03-27 - SYDNEY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
1985-07-07 - ROUNDHAY PARK, LEEDS, ENGLAND
 
  • Tunnel Of Love Express Tour (1 time)   
1988-07-14 - ST. JAKOB STADION, BASEL, SWITZERLAND 
 
  • World Tour 1992-1993 (7 times)  
1992-06-26 - FESTHALLE, FRANKFURT, GERMANY
1992-07-13 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
1992-07-30 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1992-08-14 - CENTRUM IN WORCESTER, WORCESTER, MA
1992-08-18 - THE PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS, AUBURN HILLS, MI
1992-08-29 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1993-06-26 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
 
  • The Reunion Tour (1 time)
 
  • The Rising Tour  (1 time)  
2003-06-28 - STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILAN, ITALY
 
 
  •   The River Tour 2016 (2 times)  
full-band arrangement   
 
  •  Off- Tour 
1986-10-13 - SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (Bridge School Benefit) 
During the first annual Bridge School Benefit. The song was played in an acoustic arrangement with Nils Lofgren and Danny Federici.
 

Songinfo

"Follow that dream" is a song written by Fred Wise and Ben Weisman and originally released by Elvis Presley on his 1962 extended play record Follow That Dream. This is a soundtrack EP issued to coincide with the release of the movie Follow That Dream in which Presley stars.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Whenever he could, Bruce would mention the enormous influence, Elvis had on him and on his music. Elvis is the most covered artist by Bruce ( 22 times ) together with Chuck Berry, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan. The Influence of Elvis on Bruce,” is described in a documentary compiled from previously existing footage by Dennis P. Laverty, a former Old Bridge resident who now lives in Staten Island (and who calls Springsteen and Elvis Presley 'my two favorite rock stars'). He used concert footage and previously released interview segments with Springsteen and various rock experts to show just how important Elvis Presley was to Springsteen.
 
 
 
It's a cliché story, but watching Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show changed Bruce Springsteen's entire life. "It was the evening I realized a white man could make magic," he said in 2012, "that you did not have to be constrained by your upbringing, by the way you looked, or by the social context that oppressed you. You could call upon your own powers of imagination, and you could create a transformative self." He urged his mother to buy him a guitar after that.
 
 
" In the beginning, every musician has their genesis moment. For you, it might have been the Sex Pistols, or Madonna, or Public Enemy. It's whatever initially inspires you to action. Mine was 1956, Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was the evening I realized a white man could make magic, that you did not have to be constrained by your upbringing, by the way you looked, or by the social context that oppressed you. You could call upon your own powers of imagination, and you could create a transformative self.
.....Remember, it wasn't just the way Elvis looked, it was the way he moved that made people crazy, pissed off, driven to screaming ecstasy, and profane revulsion. That was television. When they made an attempt to censor him from the waist down, it was because of what you could see happening in his pants. Elvis was the first modern Twentieth Century man, the precursor of the Sexual Revolution, of the Civil Rights Revolution, drawn from the same Memphis as Martin Luther King, creating fundamental, outsider art that would be embraced by a mainstream popular culture. Television and Elvis gave us full access to a new language, a new form of communication, a new way of being, a new way of looking, a new way of thinking; about sex, about race, about identity, about life; a new way of being an American, a human being; and a new way of hearing music. Once Elvis came across the airwaves, once he was heard and seen in action, you could not put the genie back in the bottle. After that moment, there was yesterday, and there was today, and there was a red hot, rockabilly forging of a new tomorrow, before your very eyes. So, one week later, inspired by the passion in Elvis' pants, my little six–year–old fingers wrapped themselves around a guitar neck for the first time, rented from Mike Deal's Music in Freehold, New Jersey. They just wouldn't fit. Failure with a capital F. So I just beat on it, and beat on it, and beat on it – in front of the mirror, of course. I still do that. Don't you? Come on, you gotta check your moves. All right? "
 

Lyrics

Follow that dream, I gotta follow)
(Keep moving, move along, keep moving)
I've got to follow that dream wherever that dream may lead
I've got to follow that dream to find the love I need

When your heart gets restless, time to move along
When your heart gets weary, time to sing a song
But when a dream is calling you
There's just one thing that you can do

Well you gotta follow that dream wherever that dream may lead
You gotta follow that dream to find the love you need
(Keep moving, move along, keep moving)

Got to find me someone whose heart is free
Someone to look for my dream with me
And when I find her, I may find out
Just what my dreams are all about

I've got to follow that dream wherever that dream may lead
I've got to follow that dream to find the love I need
I've got to follow that dream wherever that dream may lead
I've got to follow that dream to find the love I need
(Keep moving, move along)
(Keep moving, move along)
(Keep moving, move along)
(Keep moving...) [fade out]