Johnny Thunder - TELL HIM

First performance: 14/04/2002


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 11 times.
Most of the time he performed the song in the Stone Pony during school benefits.
 
  
 

2002-04-14 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Rumson Country Day School Benefit)
A second private benefit for the Rumson Country Day School. Guests, besides friends and family, were parents and school supporters, who contributed $1,000 per couple to the school for admission, and teachers from the school, who were reportedly invited for free. Bruce is accompanied by Patti Scialfa, Soozie Tyrell, Lisa Lowell, and Bobby Bandiera with his band
 
2003-04-30 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Rumson Country Day School Benefit)
The second year of the private Rumson Country Day School benefits with Bruce, Patti Scialfa, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny and Bobby Bandiera (is is not known who played on what songs). Admission was once again, as last year (April 13 and 14, 2002) restricted to Rumson County Day School parents.
 
2004-04-25 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Rumson Country Day School Benefit)
The third year of the private Rumson Country Day School benefits with Bruce, Patti Scialfa, Southside Johnny and Bobby Bandiera. Bobby Bandiera and his band provided backing throughout the night, along with Jukes horns Ed Manion, Joey Stann, and Chris Anderson. Admission was once again, as previous years restricted to RCDS parents.
 
2004-12-19 - HARRY'S ROADHOUSE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (late)
Holiday Shows. Bruce Springsteen & Friends performing two shows; one at 4:30pm and another at 8:30pm. Patti Scialfa shares lead vocals for "Tell Him".

2005-04-10 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Rumson Country Day School Benefit)
The fourth annual Rumson Country Day School benefit concert. The band consisted of Bruce Springsteen, Bobby Bandiera, Joey Stann, Muddy Shews, Joe Bellia, Kevin Kavanaugh, Ed Manion and Chris Anderson.

2006-09-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Ranney School Benefit)
Private benefit for parents and teachers of the Ranney School of Tinton Falls, NJ with Bobby Bandiera's band (plus saxophonist Ed Manion on several songs) backing Bruce.
 
2007-04-29 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Ranney School Benefit)
Private benefit/fundraising gig for the Ranney School of Tinton Falls, NJ (Bruce had performed here at a similar benefit for the Ranney school in September 2006). This show was not related to the Rumson Country Day School (RCDS) benefits that Springsteen had performed at every year (2002-2006) during April-May. Bruce is backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band.
 
2008-05-13 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Ranney School Benefit)
Annual benefit for the Ranney School for teachers and parents, backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band. Southside Johnny and Patti Scialfa take lead vocals on several songs each.

2009-10-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Boston College Benefit)
A benefit for Bruce’s son’s school. Bruce is backed by Bobby Bandiera’s band. Patti Scialfa and Southside Johnny each take lead vocals on several numbers.

2010-01-23 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Ranney School Benefit)
Benefit for the Ranney School. Bruce is backed by Bobby Bandiera’s band and is joined by Patti Scialfa and Southside Johnny.

2015-05-30 - PRIVATE ESTATE, OAKLAND, NJ (wedding reception)
Bruce and Patti perform with Bobby Bandiera's band at the wedding of Kelly Kilbride and Ryan O'Toole at a private estate in Oakland, NJ. Kelly is Patti's personal assistant. Bruce sang lead and played guitar on several classics, while Patti took lead vocal duties for "Tell Him"
 

Songinfo

"Tell Him," originally written and composed as "Tell Her," is a 1962 song that was written and composed by Bert Berns, who, when he did so, used the pen name of Bert Russell. The song was first recorded as "Tell Her" in 1962 by Gil Hamilton, aka Johnny Thunder, with Berns producing. The song is best known by the version of the the Exciters.
 
  
 

Other cover versions

 

Bruce on the artist

Bruce mentioned the title of the song during the " Bruce on Broadway" shows. He even plays a little bit of the song he saw her perform that evening they met in The Stone Pony :
 
"She got onstage and sang the Exciters' 'Tell Him,'  " : says Bruce. "The first line she sang was:  "I know something about love." She does......

Lyrics

I know something about love
You've gotta want it bad
If that guy's got into your blood
Go out and get him
If you want him to be
The very part of you
Make you want to breathe
Here's the thing to do

[Chorus]
Tell him that you're never gonna leave him
Tell him that you're always gonna love him
Tell him, tell him, tell him, tell him right now

[Verse 2]
I know something about love, you gotta show it and
Make him see the moon up above
Go out and get him
If you want him to be always by your side
If you want him to only think of you

[Chorus]
Tell him that you're never gonna leave him
Tell him that you're always gonna love him
Tell him, tell him, tell him, tell him right now

[Bridge]
Ever since the world began, it's been that way for man
And women were created to make love their destiny
Then why should true love be so complicated, oh yeah?

[Verse 3]
I know something about love
You gotta take his hand
Show him what the world is made of
One kiss will prove it
If you want him to be always by your side
Take his hand tonight, swallow your foolish pride

[Chorus]
Tell him that you're never gonna leave him
Tell him that you're always gonna love him
Tell him, tell him, tell him, tell him right now
Oh, you have to go now
(Tell him that you're never gonna leave him) oh, yeah
(Tell him that you're always gonna love him) yeah
(Tell him, tell him, tell him, tell him right now)
Don't you let him go, now
(Tell him that you're never gonna leave him) oh, yeah
(Tell him that you're always gonna love him) yeah
(Tell him, tell him, tell him, tell him right now)

[Fade]
Just take his hand in yours and tell him