Joe Ely - FINGERNAILS

First performance: 19/05/1993


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 2 times always together with Joe Ely:
 
 
 
1993-05-19 - NATIONAL STADIUM, DUBLIN, IRELAND
Bruce guests with Joe Ely. First ever Springsteen performances of "Blowin' Down This Road", "Fingernails" (which includes a snippet of "Buddy Brown's Blues"), and "Settle For Love". 
 
 
1996-03-17 - THE MEAN FIDDLER, DUBLIN, IRELAND (Joe Ely)
First performances in Europe of "All Just To Get To You" and "Oh, Boy!", as well as "Long Tall Sally". "Fingernails" is played in a medley with snippets of "That Black Snake Moan", "Matchbox", and "Buddy Brown's Blues".
 

Songinfo

Fingernails is taken from the album 'Honky Tonk Masquerade', the second album by Joe Ely, released in 1978. 
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

  • Bruce also contributed to the studio recording of this song providing back-up vocals, also on 'I’m a thousand miles from home' ( the album was called 'Letter To Laredo' ). Springsteen travelled to Austin around spring 1995 and joined Ely in studio to record his parts.
  • Joe Elly had occasionally 17 performances together with Bruce Springsteen : Joe Ely (born February 9, 1947, Amarillo, TX) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas Country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll. He has had a genre-crossing career, performing with Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Los Super Seven, The Clancy Brothers and James McMurtry in addition to his early work with The Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark.
  • All appearances with Springsteen:

1. 1993-05-19 - NATIONAL STADIUM, DUBLIN, IRELAND (Joe Ely)
2. 1993-05-20 - RDS ARENA, DUBLIN, IRELAND
3. 1993-06-24 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
4. 1993-06-26 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
5. 1995-04-00 - SPUR STUDIOS, AUSTIN, TX (Joe Ely recording session)
6. 1995-09-14 - THE VIPER ROOM, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (Joe Ely)
7. 1996-01-25 - AUSTIN MUSIC HALL, AUSTIN, TX
8. 1996-03-17 - THE MEAN FIDDLER, DUBLIN, IRELAND (Joe Ely)
9. 1996-09-29 - SEVERANCE HALL, CLEVELAND, OH (Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert)
10. 2000-04-17 - FRANK ERWIN CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN, TX
11. 2001-10-18 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ (Alliance of Neighbors Benefit)
12. 2001-10-19 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ (Alliance of Neighbors Benefit)
13. 2003-03-02 - FRANK ERWIN CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN, TX
14. 2008-04-14 - TOYOTA CENTER, HOUSTON, TX
15. 2012-03-14 - AUSTIN MUSIC HALL, AUSTIN, TX (Alejandro Escovedo)
16. 2012-03-15 - MOODY THEATER, AUSTIN, TX
17. 2014-05-06 - CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION, HOUSTON, TX
 

Lyrics

I keep my fingernails long
So they click when I play the piano
I keep my fingernails long
So they click when I play the piano
I'm gonna keep 'em that way
Till the swallows get back from Louisiana
I keep my fingernails long
So they click when I play the piano
I keep my fingernails long
So they click when I play the piano
I'm gonna keep 'em that way
Till the swallows get back from Alabama
Oh, when I used to chew 'em off
Nervous over you
I missed that clickin', tickin' sound
Honey, what I'm gonna do
Keep my fingernails long
So they click when I play the piano
I keep my fingernails long
So they click when I play the piano
I'm gonna keep 'em that way
Till the swallows get back from Amarillo
Oh, when I used to chew 'em off
Nervous over you
I missed that clickin', tickin' sound
Honey, what I'm gonna do
I keep my fingernails long
So they click when I play the piano
I keep my fingernails long
So they click when I play the piano
I'm gonna keep 'em that way
Till the swallows get back