Joe Grushecky - American Babylon

First performance: 22/07/1995


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 8 times:
 
Always together with Joe Grushecky
 
1995-07-22 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT
With Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers and featuring appearances by guests Steven Van Zandt and Max Weinberg. 
 
 
 
  • In October 1995, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers kicked off the release of their American Babylon album with a six-stop tour dubbed the "October Assault." Introduced as "honorary Houserocker of the week" on the first night, Bruce Springsteen joined the band for the majority of the set on all six dates, playing guitar and sharing vocals with Grushecky. At each show, Springsteen came out for American Babylon's 'What did you do in the war' and remained on stage for the remainder of the set. The fourth date of the mini-tour (20 Oct 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA) was broadcast on radio. Eight songs from the fourth date and two songs from the fifth date (21 Oct 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA) were officially released: 
 
1995-10-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
"October Assault.": With Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers. Opening night of the October Assault mini-tour. Listed above are only the songs that Springsteen is on stage for, and that rule remains for the rest of the tour.
 
 
1995-10-18 - TRAMPS, NEW YORK CITY
"October Assault.": With Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers. Dion DiMucci and Scott Kempner (formerly of the Del-Lords and Dictators) join Bruce and Joe for a bluesy "The Wanderer". 
 
1995-10-19 - ELECTRIC FACTORY, PHILADELPHIA
"October Assault.": With Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers. 
 
1995-10-20 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH
"October Assault.": With Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers. 
 
1995-10-21 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH
"October Assault.": With Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers. Show features the only known full Springsteen performance of "Gimme Shelter".
 
1995-10-24 - PARK WEST, CHICAGO
"October Assault.": With Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers. 
 
1998-03-02 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH
With Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers. A lengthy show that is split into two sets. Bruce does not perform during the first set. However following the intermission Springsteen takes to the stage for the entire second set 
 
 
 

Songinfo

'American Babylon' is a song written by Joe Grushecky and released on Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers' 1995 album American Babylon. Bruce Springsteen produced all the album except the title track, and he participated in the recording of most of the songs but not this one. However, he did play it live on a few occasions.
 
  
 

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:
 
1. 1982-07-17 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK, NJ (Iron City Houserockers)
2. 1984-09-20 - PENNSYLVANIA DECADE, PITTSBURGH, PA (Iron City Houserockers)
3. 1988-03-20 - CIVIC ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
4. 1992-12-16 - CIVIC ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
5. 1993-11-00 - THRILL HILL WEST, BEVERLY HILLS, CA (Joe Grushecky recording session)
6. 1994-02-00 - THRILL HILL WEST, BEVERLY HILLS, CA (Joe Grushecky recording session)
7. 1994-08-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ (Joe Grushecky recording session)
8. 1994-08-20 - MARZ AMERICAN STYLE, LONG BRANCH, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
9. 1995-04-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ (no performance)
10. 1995-07-22 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
11. 1995-10-16 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
12. 1995-10-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
13. 1995-10-18 - TRAMPS, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Joe Grushecky)
14. 1995-10-19 - ELECTRIC FACTORY, PHILADELPHIA, PA (Joe Grushecky)
15. 1995-10-20 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
16. 1995-10-21 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
17. 1995-10-24 - PARK WEST, CHICAGO, IL (Joe Grushecky)
18. 1996-04-25 - BRIXTON ACADEMY, LONDON, ENGLAND
19. 1996-09-16 - BENEDUM CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA
20. 1997-12-13 - CHEERS, LONG BRANCH, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
21. 1998-03-02 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
22. 1999-07-09 - HOOLIGANS, LONG BRANCH, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
23. 2000-04-25 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
24. 2000-04-26 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
25. 2000-11-03 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
26. 2001-11-03 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Light of Day)
27. 2002-11-02 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Light of Day)
28. 2002-12-04 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
29. 2003-08-06 - PNC PARK, PITTSBURGH, PA
30. 2003-11-01 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
31. 2004-07-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
32. 2004-11-06 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
33. 2004-12-02 - HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, PITTSBURGH, PA (Concert for Flood Aid)
34. 2005-07-28 - PETERSEN EVENTS CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA
35. 2006-02-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ (b) (Joe Grushecky recording session)
36. 2006-06-20 - TWEETER CENTER AT THE WATERFRONT, CAMDEN, NJ
37. 2006-12-02 - STARLAND BALLROOM, SAYREVILLE, NJ (Light of Day)
38. 2007-11-14 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
39. 2008-08-19 - HERSHEYPARK STADIUM, HERSHEY, PA
40. 2009-05-19 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
41. 2010-01-16 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
42. 2010-11-04 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
43. 2010-11-05 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
44. 2011-01-15 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
45. 2011-11-03 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
46. 2011-11-04 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
47. 2012-01-14 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
48. 2012-10-27 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA
49. 2012-10-27 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Barack Obama Rally)
50. 2014-01-18 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
51. 2014-04-22 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA
52. 2014-05-22 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
53. 2014-05-23 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
54. 2015-01-17 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
55. 2015-07-18 - WONDER BAR, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
56. 2016-02-23 - QUICKEN LOANS ARENA, CLEVELAND, OH
57. 2016-09-11 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA
 

Lyrics

A kid stole my car the other day
Broke in and drove it away
He took it for a joy ride and when he was done
Held up a liquor store with a great big gun
He said, "I didn't do nothing wrong
It's just the way we live around here"

In American Babylon putting my protection on
Got everything I need, drugs, money, sex and greed
In American Babylon putting my blindfold on
Can't tell right from wrong in American Babylon

Whoa
Whoa

Well she ran out of money, she ran out of hope
She left the kids at home and went out to score some dope
The cops caught her selling it down on Broadway
The county came in and took the kids away
She said, "they're better off without me"

In American Babylon putting my protection on
Got everything I need, drugs, money, sex and greed
In American Babylon putting my blindfold on
I can't tell right from wrong in American Babylon

Who cares about the kids? (I don't)
Or what goes in their heads? (I don't)
Or if the poor are fed? (I don't)
Or if your neighbor's dead? (I don't)
I said do you really care? (I don't)
I said do you really care? (I don't)
I said do you really care? (I don't)
I said aw! Aw! Aw! Aw!

American Babylon (American Babylon) putting my protection on (American Babylon)
I got everything I need (American Babylon), drugs, money, sex and greed (American Babylon)
In American Babylon (American Babylon) I put my blindfold on (American Babylon)
And I can't tell right from wrong (American Babylon) in American Babylon (American Babylon)
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