Epidemics ( The ) - Up To You

First performance: 30/09/1998


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song only once:
 
1988-09-30 - JAWAHARLAL NEHRU STADIUM, NEW DELHI, INDIA

During Bruce's first appearance in India,  performed once during the 20-date-long Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour. Springsteen plays harmonica on "Up To You" with The Epidemics (Shankar & Caroline) during their set. He also plays an instrumental intro and outro for the song. He later took the stage with the E Street band to perform his own set in front of the sell-out crowd of 55,000. Part of this live 30 Sep 1988 performance of Up To You, including some of Springsteen's harmonica jam, was shown on Indian news reports. A longer snippet was shown in some European countries (including England and Norway) as part of an Amnesty TV documentary.
 
 

Songinfo

Up To You is a song written by Shankar and Caroline who released on their 1989 album Eye Catcher. The recording incorporates instrumental snippets
from their live 30 Sep 1988 performance of the song with Bruce Springsteen. They dedicated the song to Amnesty International. The album was recorded and mixed at The Complex Studios in Los Angeles, CA. It was released in the United States on Lollipop Records and in Japan on Japan Records. An instrumental expert (over 3 minutes in total) from the live 30 Sep 1988 performance of Up To You in New Delhi, India, was incorporated into the studio version of the song. The live expert, which is used to open and close the track, features Bruce Springsteen on harmonica, and according to album's info sheet, accompanied by Nils Lofgren on guitar, David Rhodes on guitar, David Sancious on keyboards, Darry Jones on bass, Manu Katche on drums, Mino Cinelu on percussion, Zakir Hussain on tabla, and Vikku Vinayakram on ghatam. The studio track features Shankar on vocals and double violin, Caroline on vocals and tambourine, Glen Alexander on guitars, Giovanni Fusco on keyboards, Andrew Harkin on bass, and Jerry Cuccurullo on drums.
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

The Epidemics were founded in 1982 by violinist L. Shankar and singer Caroline.
 

Lyrics

They seem unwise, they're tough
I could be wrong, too many faces
Don't give advice, that's enough
Don't prolong, too many disguises
Let's make it a better place for everyone to live
Don't give excuses and be oppressive

Why all this confusion, too much deception
This time you change, it's good for you
It takes courage to do what you got to do
This time you cringe, I don't wanna be you
Change your image, it's time you do
Don't live your life full of lies
It's your life, there are no boundaries
This time you grow up, face yourself
Before it's too late, I'll deal with you myself

All I'm asking for is the privilege to learn
If I threw my heart, trust fall
Seek a fortune for the thing's up to you

[guitar solo]

This time you grow up, face yourself
Before it's too late, I'll deal with you myself

They seem unwise, they're tough
I could be wrong, too many faces
Don't give advice, it's enough
Don't prolong, too many disguises
Let's make it a better place for everyone to live
Don't give excuses and be oppressive

Why all this confusion, too much deception
Why all this starvation, too much corruption
(Deception, corruption)
Why all this confu-confu-confusion? (starvation, confusion)
(Deception, corruption)
Too much deception (starvation, confusion)
Why all this confu-confu-confusion? (decep-, decep-, corrup-, corrup-, confu-, confu-, starvation)
Too much oppression (decep-, decep-, confusion)