Joe Grushecky - Lighten Up

First performance: 20/10/1995


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song only once: 
 
1995-10-20 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH
 
With Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers during 6-date-long October Assault Tour.
 
more info : Springsteenlyrics 
 
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Songinfo

'Lighten up' is a song written by Joe Grushecky and Bill Toms and released on Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers' 1992 album End Of The Century.
  
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce co-wrote some songs with Joe Grushecky
 
He also contributed to other albums with vocals, guitar, harmonica or mandolin
 
Bruce contributed on three albums of Joe Grushecky

1995 : AMERICAN BABYLON 
 
 
 
 
 
2006 : A GOOD LIFE 
 
Is a studio album by Joe Grushecky released on 15 Aug 2006 on Schoolhouse Records. It features Bruce Springsteen on four tracks. He shares vocals and plays guitar with Grushecky on Code of Silence, Is she the one and A Good life, and only plays guitar on Searching for my soul. The primary recording sessions for the album took place at studios in West Virginia. However Springsteen, with Toby Scott engineering, worked only from his New Jersey home studio and overdubbed onto Gruschecky's already completed basic tracks.
 
 
 
2009 : EAST CARSON STREET

is a studio album by Joe Grushecky released in 2009. Bruce Springsteen participated in the recording of three of the album's tracks; he plays guitar on East Carson Street, sings duet vocals and plays lead guitar on Another thin line, and plays lead guitar on Broken wheel.
 
 
 
Joe Grushecky, so far, had 57 appearances with Springsteen:
 
1982-07-17 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK
Iron City Houserockers
 
1984-09-20 - PENNSYLVANIA DECADE, PITTSBURGH
Iron City Houserockers
 
1988-03-20 - CIVIC ARENA, PITTSBURGH
1992-12-16 - CIVIC ARENA, PITTSBURGH
 
1993-11-00 - THRILL HILL WEST, BEVERLY HILLS
Joe Grushecky recording session
 
1994-02-00 - THRILL HILL WEST, BEVERLY HILLS
Joe Grushecky recording session
 
1994-08-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ
Joe Grushecky recording session
 
1994-08-20 - MARZ AMERICAN STYLE, LONG BRANCH
 
1995-04-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON
no performance
 
1995-07-22 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT
 
1995-10-16 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
rehearsal
 
1995-10-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
1995-10-18 - TRAMPS, NEW YORK CITY
1995-10-19 - ELECTRIC FACTORY, PHILADELPHIA
1995-10-20 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH
1995-10-21 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH
1995-10-24 - PARK WEST, CHICAGO
1996-04-25 - BRIXTON ACADEMY, LONDON, ENGLAND
1996-09-16 - BENEDUM CENTER, PITTSBURGH
1997-12-13 - CHEERS, LONG BRANCH
1998-03-02 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH
1999-07-09 - HOOLIGANS, LONG BRANCH
2000-04-25 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH
2000-04-26 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH
 
2000-11-03 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Light of Day
 
2001-11-03 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT
Light of Day
2002-11-02 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT
Light of Day
2002-12-04 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH
2003-08-06 - PNC PARK, PITTSBURGH
 
2003-11-01 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Light of Day
2004-07-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
 
2004-11-06 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Light of Day
2004-12-02 - HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, PITTSBURGH
Concert for Flood Aid
 
2005-07-28 - PETERSEN EVENTS CENTER, PITTSBURGH
 
2006-02-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ
Joe Grushecky recording session
 
2006-06-20 - TWEETER CENTER AT THE WATERFRONT, CAMDEN
 
2006-12-02 - STARLAND BALLROOM, SAYREVILLE, NJ
Light of Day
 
2007-11-14 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH
2008-08-19 - HERSHEYPARK STADIUM, HERSHEY, PA
2009-05-19 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH
 
2010-01-16 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ
Light of Day
2010-11-04 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
2010-11-05 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
 
2011-01-15 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK
Light of Day
2011-11-03 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
2011-11-04 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
 
2012-01-14 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK
Light of Day
2012-10-27 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH
 
2012-10-27 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
Barack Obama Rally
 
2014-01-18 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK
Light of Day
2014-04-22 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH
2014-05-22 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
2014-05-23 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
 
2015-01-17 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK
Light of Day
2015-07-18 - WONDER BAR, ASBURY PARK
2016-02-23 - QUICKEN LOANS ARENA, CLEVELAND
2016-09-11 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH
  

Lyrics

You better lighten up
You better lighten up or let me go
You better lighten up
You better lighten up or let me go

Well you know everything about me
But there's some things I just don't need
Don't tell me what to do now, baby
Don't tell me what I should think

You better lighten up
You better lighten up or let me go
You better lighten up
You better lighten up or let me go

I work hard for you, honey
I get the job done
When I'm through taking care of business
It's time to have some fun

And when the lights go out
And when the lights go out
And when the lights go out
And when the lights go out

You better lighten up
You better lighten up or let me go
You better lighten up
You better lighten up or let me go
Come on

And when the lights go out
And when the lights go out
And when the lights go out
And when the lights go out

You better lighten up
You better lighten up or let me go
You better lighten up
You better lighten up or let me go
Come on

You better lighten up
You better lighten up or let me go
You better lighten up
You better lighten up or let me go
You better lighten up