Sam and Dave - SOUL MAN

First performance: 15/10/1999


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 11 times :
 
1999-10-15 - AMERICA WEST ARENA, PHOENIX
Phoenix resident Sam Moore, guests on the tour's only full "Soul Man".
 
2002-04-13 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Rumson Country Day School Benefit
 
2002-04-14 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Rumson Country Day School Benef it
 
Guests include Sam Moore, Garland Jeffreys and Jesse Malin. The Victorious Gospel Choir
 
 
 
2003-12-07 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
 
2003-12-08 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
 
2004-04-25 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Rumson Country Day School Benefit
 
2009-10-29 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NY
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert
 
2011-10-22 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Boston College Benefit
 
2012-02-25 - THE PRESS ROOM, ASBURY PARK
Boccigalupe
 
2017-04-22 - FIREHOUSE, MARLBORO, NJ
 
  •  Snippets
during TENTH AVENUE FREEZE OUT
Played by Little Steven 
 
2000-03-31 Pepsi Center, Denver
1999-09-21 First Union Center, Philadelphia
1999-08-11 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-08-04 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-08-01 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-26 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-20 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-06-27 Valle Hovin Stadion, Oslo, Norway
1999-06-23 Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden
1999-06-19 Gelredome, Arnhem, The Netherlands
1999-06-17 Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany
1999-06-13 Bruno-Plache-Stadion, Leipzig, Germany
1999-06-05 Estadio La Romareda, Zaragoza, Spain
1999-06-03 Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
1999-05-30 Parkbühne Wuhlheide, Berlin, Germany
1999-05-25 RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
1999-05-21 Earls Court, London, England 
 
during MARY'S PLACE
played by Bruce
 
2003-03-10 Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence
 

Songinfo

"Soul Man" is a 1967 song written and composed by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, first successful as a number 2 hit single by Atlantic Records soul duo Sam & Dave. Co-author Isaac Hayes found the inspiration for "Soul Man" in the turmoil of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. In July 1967, watching a television newscast of the aftermath of the 12th Street riot in Detroit, Michigan, Hayes noted that black residents had marked buildings that had not been destroyed during the riots – mostly African-American owned and operated institutions – with the word "soul". Relating this occurrence to the biblical story of the Passover, Hayes and songwriting partner David Porter came up with the idea, in Hayes's words, of "a story about one's struggle to rise above his present conditions. It's almost a tune kind of like boasting, 'I'm a soul man.' It's a pride thing."Sam sings the first verse, with Dave joining in the chorus. Dave sings the second verse, with Sam joining in the chorus. Sam sings the third verse, with Dave joining in the chorus, followed by a brief bridge section by Dave and then a coda, in which both Sam and Dave repeat the title phrase a half-step up, before the song's fade. The exclamation "Play it, Steve" heard in the song refers to guitarist Steve Cropper of Booker T. & the M.G.'s, the house band who provided the instrumentation for it and other Sam and Dave singles. Cropper provided guitar for both the original Sam and Dave recording as well as the live and studio covers by the Blues Brothers.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

1999-10-15 - AMERICA WEST ARENA, PHOENIX
 
"Got a close friend of mine lives here in…..here in Phoenix…..gonna have him come up and sing a song with us…..he´s uh…..in my opinion, just one of the greatest living soul singers of all time……Mr.Sam Moore, the original soul man……come on, Sam…..the teacher, the teacher….."
 
Samuel David Moore (born October 12, 1935, Miami, FL) is an American Southern Soul and Rhythm & Blues (R&B) singer who was the tenor vocalist for the soul vocal duo Sam & Dave from 1961 through 1981. Sam Moore is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame (for "Soul Man"), The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and a Grammy Award and a multi-Gold Record award winning recording artist.
Sam Moore also contributed on the Human Touch album (1992) : 
 
Bruce also contributed  on " Better to have and not need ":  a song written by Homer Banks, Thomas Bingham, and John Colbert, and released in 2006 by Sam Moore's on his comeback album Overnight Sensational. Bruce Springsteen guests on the recording of this track. (vocals)
 
 
 
All appearances with Springsteen:
 
 
 
1999-10-15 - AMERICA WEST ARENA, PHOENIX, AZ
2003-12-05 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ
2003-12-07 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ
2003-12-08 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ
2006-02-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ (Sam Moore recording session)
2006-02-08 - STAPLES CENTER, LOS ANGELES, CA (Grammy Awards)
2009-10-29 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert)
2012-12-06 - JOBING.COM ARENA, GLENDALE, AZ
HUMAN TOUCH - STUDIO SESSIONS 
 
 
"Your ticket is your handshake. These skills gave me a huge ace up my sleeve. And when we finally went on the road, and we played that ace, we scorched the Earth, because that's what I was taught to do by Sam Moore, and by James Brown. " 
 

Lyrics

Coming to you on a dusty road
Good loving, I got a truck load
And when you get it, you got something
Don't worry, 'cause I'm coming
I'm a soul man
I'm a soul man
I'm a soul man (come on!)
I'm a soul man
And that ain't all
Got what I got the hard way
And I make it better, each and every day
So honey, said don't you fret
'Cause you ain't seen nothing yet
I'm a soul man
I'm a soul man
I'm a soul man
I'm a soul man, oh
I was brought up on a side street, yes mam
I learned how to love before I could eat
I was educated at woodstock
When I start loving, oh I can't stop
I'm a soul man
I'm a soul man
I'm a soul man (yeah!)
I'm a soul man
Just grab the rope and I'll pull you in
Give you hope and be your only boyfriend
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (yeah!)
I'm talking about a soul man
I'm a soul man
(And you're a) soul man
Soul man (oh lord)
Soul man
(I'm a) soul man
(And you're a) soul man
(And you're a) soul man