Impressions ( The ) - IT'S ALL RIGHT

First performance: 22/07/1971


Bruce performed the song 10 times :

This song is mostly performed during the Human touch tour. The song was the show closer and was played in a full-band arrangement as a duet with 1992-1993 band backing vocalist Bobby King. 
Bruce also often used the song as a snippet in other songs :  
1971-07-22 - D'SCENE, SOUTH AMBOY, NJ (late) (The Bruce Springsteen Band)
Two shows, double bill, with The Bruce Springsteen Band (in its 9-10 member incarnation) headlining and Sunny Jim opening. This was the first of two consecutive Thursday evening appearances at the club.

The tour and European debut of Curtis Mayfield's "It's All Right" closes the show.

Performed with Southside Johnny, Steven Van Zandt and The Miami Horn during the Concert To Fight Hunger to benefit World Hunger Year, The Food & Hunger Hotline and The Community Food Bank Of New Jersey. A night of many guests: Joe Ely, Patti, Steven Van Zandt , The Miami Horns, Clarence Clemons, Southside Johnny, Soozie Tyrell, Max Weinberg
1994-03-01 - RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Grammy Awards)
36th Grammy Awards. A Curtis Mayfield medley with various artists and Bruce presenting Curtis with a special "Legend" Grammy award. With Steve Cropper, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Vernon Reid, Steve Winwood, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Narada Michael Walden, Don Was, and others. Bruce sings lead on "Gypsy Woman" and takes the first line of "People Get Ready". Mayfield and The Impressions (including Jerry Butler) are onstage for "Amen".
The medley included snippets of six songs written by Curtis Mayfield:


"It's All Right" is a 1963 song recorded by The Impressions and written by the group's lead singer, Curtis Mayfield. The single was the most successful chart entry of the group's career.  

Other cover versions


Bruce on the artist

The Impressions were an American music group originally formed in 1958. Their repertoire includes doo-wop, gospel, soul, and R&B. Mayfield left the group after the release of the "Check Out Your Mind " LP in 1970 and began a successful solo career. Mayfield stayed a  great inspiration to Bruce :  
  • 01.03.94 Grammy Awards, after "The Curtis Mayfield Medley"
"Curtis, on behalf of all the musicians gathered here on stage and in the audience, we wanna thank you for the lasting soul and the deep beauty of the music that you´ve made… you´ve been an inspiration to all of us and it´s an honor to be up here with you tonight and I´m glad to present you with the Grammy Legend Award, we love you…"
" There's a beautifully socially–conscious soul of Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, "We're a Winner," keep on pushin'. Just great, great records that just filled the airwaves at a time when you couldn't have needed them more. You just couldn't have needed them more. "A Woman's Got Soul," what a beautiful, beautiful record to women. "It's All Right." It was the sound track of the Civil Rights Movement. And it was here, amongst these great African–American artists, that I learned my craft. You learned how to write. You learned how to arrange. You learned what mattered and what didn't. You learned what a great production sounds like. You learned how to lead a band. You learned how to front a band. "
  • Bruce also covered a song (Gypsy Woman) on a compilation album of various artists, celebrating the music of Curtis Mayfield. While many tribute albums are recorded after an artist has passed, this album was completed five years before Mayfield's death : released 1994. ( A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield )


Say it's all right (it's all right)
Say it's all right (it's all right)
It's all right to have a good time
'Cause it's all right, whoa, it's all right

We're gonna move it slow
When lights are low
When you move it slow, it sounds like more
And it's all right, whoa, it's all right

Now listen to the beat
Kind of pat your feet
You got soul, and everybody knows
That it's all right, whoa, it's all right

When you wake up early in the morning
Feeling sad like so many of us do
Hum a little soul
Make life your goal
And surely something's got to come to you

And say it's all right
Say it's all right
It's all right to have a good time
'Cause it's all right, whoa, it's all right

Now everybody clap your hands
Give yourself a chance
A-you got soul, and everybody knows
That it's all right, whoa, it's all right

Someday I'll find me a woman
Who will love and treat me real nice
Then my woes got to go
And my love, she will know
From morning, noon, and night

And she's got to say it's all right
Mm, hm, hm
Say it's all right
It's all right to have a good time
'Cause it's all right, whoa, it's all right

Now, everybody clap your hands
Now, give yourself a chance
You got...