Wizz Jones - WHEN I LEAVE BERLIN

First performance: 30/05/2012


Coverinfo

 
 
The show opens with a beautiful cover of  "When I Leave Berlin", a 1973 song by Wizz Jones. It was soundchecked several times prior to the show and is the only known Springsteen version of the song. His version features some lyrics variations to Jones'. 
 
 
 

Songinfo

The song is taken from the 1973 album 'When I Leave Berlin ' by the pioneer British folk musician Wizz Jones. Wizz was accompanied on some of the songs by his future group "Lazy Farmer", and Bert Jansch played guitar on "Freudian Slip". The album was remastered and released on CD by Sunbeam Records in 2007, also included as bonus tracks were the six songs from his 1973 EP Winter Song.
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

In a 19 Dec 2013 interview that premiered on 10 Jan 2014 during Dave Marsh's Live From E Street Nation show on Sirius XM's E Street Radio channel, Bruce Springsteen said:
 
"I somehow stumbled across this 'When I Leave Berlin,' which I really, I really loved it. And if I was doing another Sessions record – Sessions Band record – I'd wanna record that for it."
 

Lyrics

When morning comes and I leave Berlin
My mind is turning, my heart is yearning for you and Berlin
In Amsterdam I'll see my lady,
I hope she'll love me
'Cause I'm gonna need her when I leave Berlin

Here today, but the wall is open, there are flowers alongside the Dunes
Here today, but the gates are open, mothers are weeping with their sons

When morning comes and I leave Berlin
I know for certain that I'm a free man when I leave Berlin

Here today, but the wall is open, there are flowers alongside the Dunes
Here today, but the gates are open, mothers are weeping with their sons

When morning comes and I leave Berlin
My mind is turning, my heart is yearning for you and Berlin
In Amsterdam I'll see my lady,
I hope she'll love me
'Cause I'm gonna need her when I leave Berlin
When I leave Berlin
When I leave Berlin
When I leave Berlin
When I leave Berlin