Bruce played the song only once:
1971-09-01 Garfield Park, Long Branch, NJ
With The Bruce Springsteen Band, on 01 Sep 1971 in Long Branch, Very little is known about shows from this early period, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates. The song was played in a slow full-band arrangement. One show, triple bill, with the five-member Bruce Springsteen Band headlining. The support acts for this show were originally Sweet Chariot and Tumbleweed, but it appears that the latter were replaced at the last minute by The Joe Hagstrom Squeak Band. This was an outdoor show orchestrated by Tinker West's Blah Productions. Garfield Park is located at the intersection of Broadway and Ocean Ave, near the ocean. The listed ten-song, partial setlist is culled from a circulating audience recording. The line-up for this show is Springsteen, Van Zandt, Sancious, Tallent, and Lopez. September would mark the beginning of the end of the ten-member 'big band' lineup of the band that Springsteen had been utilizing since July. Due to financial constraints, the non-core members of the Bruce Springsteen Band (Dinkins-Holmes-Cherlin-Feigenbaum-West-Daniels) will only appear, either in whole or in part, at a handful of special occasion gigs during the remainder of 1971. Although Bruce handles all the lead vocals, the performance is unusual in that Springsteen is on piano for most of these ten songs from this show. Sancious plays the organ and Steven Van Zandt handles much of the guitar chores. Tinker West guests on congas on "Dance Dance Dance" and the rousing finale "Jambalaya (Roll Over)" (which also features an unidentified walk-on troupe of backing vocalists consisting of inner circle troops and members of both undercard bands). Highlights of this show are "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (the only known Springsteen performance), as well as the only known circulating renditions of two Springsteen compositions, "It's Time To Go Home" (also known by the title "Festival") and "You Better Be Nice To Me, Baby". First confirmed performances for "The Ballad Of Jesse James", which is also known by the title "Don't You Want To Be An Outlaw", and "I Got To Have You Baby".