Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual

First performance: 13/04/2002


Bruce soundchecked the song only once:
2002-04-13 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park, NJ 
Bruce soundchecked the song before the private benefit for the Rumson Country Day School. Guests, besides friends and family, were parents and school supporters, who contributed $1,000 per couple to the school for admission, and teachers from the school, who were reportedly invited for free. Springsteen announced his contribution a couple of months previous at a private fundraising event for the school.


"It's Not Unusual" is a song written by Les Reed and Gordon Mills, first recorded by a then-unknown Tom Jones, after having first been offered to Sandie Shaw. Jones recorded what was intended to be a demo for Shaw, but when she heard it she was so impressed with Jones's delivery that she declined the song and recommended that Jones release it himself. The record was the second Decca single Jones released. The BBC initially refused to play the song because of Jones’s sexy image, but it was played by UK pirate radio. Jones performed the song several times on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US.

Bruce on the artist


It's not unusual to be loved by anyone
It's not unusual to have fun with anyone
But when I see you hanging about with anyone
It's not unusual to see me cry, I wanna die
It's not unusual to go out at any time
But when I see you out and about it's such a crime
If you should ever want to be loved by anyone
It's not unusual it happens every day no matter what you say
You'll find it happens all the time
Love will never do what you want it to
Why can't this crazy love be mine?
It's not unusual to be mad with anyone
It's not unusual to be sad with anyone
But if I ever find that you've changed at anytime
It's not unusual to find out I'm in love with you