Beach Boys ( The ) - Fun Fun Fun

First performance: 14/02/1973


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 2 times as a snippet:
 
  • Snippet  
during ROSALITA
 
1973-02-14 New Gymnasium, Richmond, VA 
The latter shows of the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour. From a historical standpoint Rosalita is the most significant performance of the show. This is the earliest known performance and a unique arrangement that features a near-complete rendition of The Beach Boys "Fun, Fun, Fun" sandwiched in the middle.
 
 
1973-03-24 Student Center, Lewiston, NY 
One show, double bill, with Bruce and the boys headlining and local country-rock group Old Salt opening. Held indoors in the 350-seat Student Center. The show was not a sellout, with a reported 300 tickets sold. Given Springsteen was a virtual unknown at the time, this gig at Niagara received an unprecedented amount of pre and post concert press coverage in the school's modest campus newspaper, all articles written by students. The student who orchestrated this event (Kerry McNamara) was obviously a serious Bruce fan. A student reporter even seems to have travelled south to get a brief but fascinating interview with Bruce a couple of weeks before this show. In this interview Bruce mentions he is now playing "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", including "Fun, Fun, Fun", as a special encore (a tape exists of it from February 14 at VCU). In addition Bruce mentions "Ring Of Fire" and the instrumental "Apache" as two cover songs he's been incorporating into his recent shows. The first encore was "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" (with "Fun, Fun, Fun") and the second encore was "Twist And Shout". The title of the third encore is not mentioned. This is the longest verified Band performance up to this point and one of the very few two-hour shows Bruce did in 1973. A contributor to the Greasy Lake website writes: "The ticket was $1.00 and about 150 - 200 kids showed up but the band played like there were 10,000. Bruce was wearing a newsboy cap and he was all over the place. Thin, full beard, leather jacket and a tee shirt. He exploded right in front of us. I had never seen anything like him or the band. I think they played about three hours. I was physically exhausted and can only imagine how Bruce and the Band felt. I remember some of their early songs and I also remember "Devil with the Blue Dress On". I think they played "Come Together" by the Beatles too. When it was over, we were exhausted. I went to breakfast late that night at a diner and there they were. I said hello, told them how great the show was and made small talk. Bruce could not have been nicer. Clarence too. A few months later they came back to NU and there were probably 1000 people there." 
 
 
   

Songinfo

"Fun, Fun, Fun" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for American rock band the Beach Boys. It was released in 1964 as a single backed with "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", both later appearing on the band's album Shut Down Volume 2. The song is one of many by the Beach Boys that virtually defined the California myth. Its lyrics are about a teenage girl who tricks her father so she can go hot-rodding with his Ford Thunderbird. At the end, her father discovers her deception and takes the keys from her. The narrator then comes to the girl's rescue with his own car.
 
 
  

Bruce on the artist

1963-07-00 - 68 SOUTH STREET, FREEHOLD, NJ
 
The surf music craze, which had been largely confined to California during the previous year, finally explodes nationally in the U.S.A. during the summer of 1963, with four huge-selling singles released (and all charting top five or better) in rapid succession: "Pipeline" (May 1963 - The Chantays), "Surfin' U.S.A." (June 1963 - The Beach Boys), "Surf City" (July 1963 - Jan and Dean) and "Wipe Out" (August 1963 - The Surfaris). Springsteen is heavily influenced by these four singles, particularly over the course of the next twelve months.
 
source: Brucebase
 
The 2019 studio album "Western Stars", released on June 14, 2019 is stated by Bruce as heavily influenced by "Southern California pop music" of the 1970s, including artists such as Glen Campbell and Burt Bacharach. 
 
 
 

Lyrics

Well, she got her daddy's car and she cruised through the hamburger stand, now
Seems she forgot all about the library like she told her old man, now
And with the radio blasting, goes cruising just as fast as she can, now

And she'll have fun, fun, fun, 'til her daddy takes the T-Bird away
(Fun, fun, fun, 'til her daddy takes the T-Bird away)

Well, the girls can't stand her 'cause she walks, looks, and drives like an ace, now
(You walk like an ace, now, you walk like an ace)
She makes the Indy 500 look like a Roman chariot race, now (ooh)
(You look like an ace, now, you look like an ace)
A lot of guys try to catch her, but she leads them on a wild goose chase, now (ooh)
(You drive like an ace, now, you drive like an ace)

And she'll have fun, fun, fun, 'til her daddy takes the T-Bird away
(Fun, fun, fun, 'til her daddy takes the T-Bird away)

(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)

Well, you knew all along that your dad was getting wise to you, now
(You shouldn't have lied, now, you shouldn't have lied)
And since he took your set of keys, you've been thinkin' that your fun is all through, now (ooh)
(You shouldn't have lied, now, you shouldn't have lied)
But you can come along with me, 'cause we got a lot of things to do, now (ooh)
(You shouldn't have lied, now, you shouldn't have lied)

And we'll have fun, fun, fun, now that daddy took the T-Bird away
(Fun, fun, fun, now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
And we'll have fun, fun, fun, now that daddy took the T-Bird away
(Fun, fun, fun, now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
Fun, fun, now that daddy took the T-Bird away (Whoa, ooh, whoa, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Fun, fun, now that daddy took the T-Bird away
Fun, fun, now that daddy took the T-Bird away (Whoa, ooh, whoa, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Fun, fun, now that daddy took the T-Bird away
Fun, fun, now that daddy took the T-Bird away (Whoa, whoa, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Fun, fun, now that daddy took the T-Bird away
Fun, fun, now that daddy took the T-Bird away (Whoa, whoa, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
Fun, fun, now that daddy took the T-Bird away (Whoa)