Soozie Tyrell - STE. GENEVIEVE

First performance: 02/05/2003


Coverinfo

Bruce performed Ste. Genevieve off-tour at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, during a show with Soozie Tyrell in celebration of the release of her solo album White Lines

2003-05-02 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

Springsteen's third Jersey-area performance in four days came once again at the Stone Pony. On Friday night, May 2, E Streeter Soozie Tyrell celebrated the release of her solo album, White Lines, with a show at the Asbury Park club. Both Springsteen and Patti Scialfa were on-hand to watch, and to take part as well. For "Ste. Genevieve", a song from White Lines Tyrell called "my personal favorite… the best song I've ever written", she called up "two of my closest friends" to help her out, and Patti and Bruce sang backup. Later, during the encore, Bruce and Patti returned to the stage, this time with Bruce picking up a guitar, for "It's All Over Now" — Bruce duetting with Soozie at center mic and Patti on backup vocals. 
 
 
 

Songinfo

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce Springsteen said about Soozie Tyrell and her album:

"Soozie Tyrell has been one of the best kept secrets of the New York and New Jersey musicians community for a long time. This year she brought the raw beauty of her voice and violin to the E Street band. Here on 'White Lines' she gets a chance to step out and shine on her own. Check it out."

Lyrics

Whenever will the rain end
Will I ever plow my fields again
That old river, my old friend
Rose up against me and stole my land
My daddy knew her and his father too, he said
"That river will be good to you"
Now I'm standing in a handout line for mercy
Cursing my river for taking back what she gave to me

Never will there be a price on
What's been lost aside from field and farm
Its dirty lives turned upside down
Faith in God ain't gonna save this town
Even darker days with no sleep
Laughing through the tears of someone's TV floating down the street
The Governor came with the network news
Stating how that river brought us down, down to our knees

Oh Sainte Genevieve
My Sainte Genevieve
Here I was born and raised
You are the heart and soul of me
Oh Sainte Genevieve
My Sainte Genevieve
That old gypsy river wants to take her share
I swear I'll never leave

Aaah
Aaah
Aaah
Oooo

Long ago, soft summer days
A tire roped above the river's edge
It was time to fish, time to dream
Fields of grain as far as the eye could see
Rain still falling and the river grows
It's memories lie under her muddy arroyo
I just can't turn my back and move
'Cause, oh, this is my home

Oh Sainte Genevieve
My Sainte Genevieve
Here I was born and raised
You are the heart and soul of me
Oh Sainte Genevieve
Sweet Sainte Genevieve
That old gypsy river wants to take her share
You know I'll never leave
Oh, she took her share
I'll stay right here, I ain't gonna leave