Patti Scialfa - Rumble Doll

First performance: 15/06/1999


Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out was performed on each night during The Reunion Tour, and in the middle of the song, Bruce would introduce the band members one by one. He sings a snippet of Red headed woman introducing Patti Scialfa who in turn (most of the times) sings a snippet of Rumble Doll.
Baby take a walk in toy land
Be my hero play the part
I'm falling down
Hard from salvation
Come protect this China heart
Though my party dress is torn
I still walk and talk
And cry and crawl
And I've got no one on my arm
Well I am just a rumble doll
He used the snippet 62 times:
2000-07-01 Madison Square Garden, NY
2000-06-29 Madison Square Garden, NY
2000-06-27 Madison Square Garden, NY
2000-06-22 Madison Square Garden, NY
2000-06-17 Madison Square Garden, NY
2000-06-12 Madison Square Garden, NY
2000-06-04 Philips Arena, Atlanta
2000-06-03 Philips Arena, Atlanta
2000-05-29 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT
2000-05-27 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
2000-05-22 Arrowhead Pond Of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
2000-05-08 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
2000-05-04 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
2000-05-03 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
2000-04-30 Firstar Center, Cincinnati, OH
2000-04-26 Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh
2000-04-25 Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh
2000-04-18 Compaq Center, Houston
2000-04-17 Frank Erwin Center, Austin
2000-04-12 Nashville Arena, Nashville, TN
2000-04-09 Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO
2000-04-08 Kiel Center, St. Louis, MO
2000-03-31 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
2000-03-30 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
2000-03-19 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
2000-03-18 Pyramid Arena, Memphis, TN
2000-03-14 Alltel Arena, Little Rock, AR
2000-03-13 Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX
2000-03-10 National Car Rental Center, Sunrise, FL
2000-03-09 National Car Rental Center, Sunrise, FL
2000-03-06 Ice Palace, Tampa, FL
2000-03-04 Orlando Arena, Orlando, FL
2000-02-28 Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA
1999-11-28 Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
1999-11-21 Pepsi Arena, Albany, NY
1999-10-28 Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA
1999-10-26 Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA
1999-10-25 Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA
1999-10-23 Staples Center, LA
1999-10-21 Staples Center, LA
1999-09-30 United Center, Chicago, IL
1999-09-21 First Union Center, Philadelphia
1999-08-22 FleetCenter, Boston, MA
1999-08-11 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-08-06 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-08-04 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-08-02 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-08-01 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-29 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-27 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-26 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-24 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-20 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford,
1999-07-18 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-15 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford,
1999-06-26 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
1999-06-24 Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden
1999-06-23 Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden
1999-06-20 Gelredome, Arnhem, The Netherlands
1999-06-19 Gelredome, Arnhem, The Netherlands
1999-06-17 Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany
1999-06-15 Stadion Am Bieberer Berg, Offenbach, Germany


Rumble Doll is a song written by Patti Scialfa and released on her 1993 album Rumble Doll. Rumble Doll is a studio album by Patti Scialfa on Columbia Records. Produced by Mike Campbell, this was Scialfa's debut album. It features Bruce Springsteen on two tracks: Big Black Heaven and Talk to me like the rain. He is also credited for additional production on both tracks. Though Rumble Doll had largely been completed in 1991 and 1992, Big Black Heaven and Talk to me like the rain were among the last finished, recorded around March 1993 at Thrill Hill Recording, Springsteen's home studio in Beverly Hills, CA.ed in 1993.

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

2020-07-29 SiriusXM Studio, New York City
'Bruce plays the song during his "From My Home, To Yours… Part 9 " on Sirius XM's E Street Radio, conveniently themed "Rumble Doll". This late surprise episode of the series includes guest Patti Scialfa, celebrating her birthday, and contains the premiere of a new song, "You're A Big Girl Now", from her forthcoming album.
The whole conversation : click  here 
Bruce Springsteen inducted 10 past and present members of the E Street Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The musicians were inducted in the "Musical Excellence" category, which, from 2000-2011, had been called the "Sidemen" category. The full text of his remarks can be found below. In a lengthy speech, Springsteen gave the history of the band, from meeting drummer Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez to the oft-told story of Clarence Clemons walking into Asbury Park's Student Prince to meeting, and eventually marrying, Patti Scialfa. He spoke not only of their contributions to his music, but of the ups and downs that come with a 40-year history together. 
Full Speech:
" Good evening. In the beginning, there was "Mad Dog" Vini Lopez, standing in front of me, fresh out of jail, his head shaved, in the Mermaid Room of the Upstage Club in Asbury Park. He told me he had a money-making outfit called Speed Limit 25, they were looking for a guitarist and was I interested? I was broke, so I was. So the genesis point of the E Street Band was actually a group that Vini Lopez asked me to join to make a few extra dollars on the weekend. Shortly thereafter, I met Dan Federici. He was draped in three quarter-length leather, had his red hair slicked back with his wife Flo -- she was decked out in the blonde, bouffant wig -- and they were straight out of Flemington, New Jersey. So Vini, Danny, myself, along with bass player Vinnie Roslin, were shortly woodshedding out of a cottage on the main street of a lobster-fishing town: Highlands, New Jersey. We first saw Garry Tallent along with Southside Johnny when they dragged two chairs onto an empty dance floor as I plugged my guitar into the Upstage wall of sound. I was the new kid in a new town and these were the guys who owned the place. They sat back and looked at me like, "Come on, come on, punk. Bring it. Let’s see what you got." And I reached back and I burnt their house down. Garry Tallent’s great bass-playing and Southern gentleman’s presence has anchored my band for 40 years. Thank you, Garry! Thank you, sir. Then one night, I wandered in the Upstage and I was dumbstruck by a baby-faced, 16-year-old David Sancious. Davey was very, very unusual. He was a young, black man who -- in 1968 Asbury Park, which was not a peaceful place -- crossed the tracks in search of musical adventure and he blessed us with his talent and his love. He was my roomie in the early, two-guys-to-one-six-dollar-motel-room years of the E Street Band. He was good, he kept his socks clean. It was lovely. And he was carrying around a snake around his neck at that time, so I lucked out with Davey as my roommate. And Davey’s the only member of the group who ever actually lived on E Street! So I walked in and he was on the club’s organ. And Davey’s reserved now, but at the time, he danced like Sly Stone and he played like Booker T, and he poured out blues and soul and jazz and gospel and rock and roll and he had things in his keyboard that we just never heard before. It was just so full of soul and so beautiful. Davey, we love you and we still miss you so, you know?  But predating all of this was Steve Van Zandt. Steven: frontman, frontman. I walk into the Middletown Hullabaloo Club. He was the frontman for a band called the Shadows. He had on a tie that went from here down to his feet. All I remember is that he was singing the Turtles’ 'Happy Together.' During a break at the Hullabaloo Club in New Jersey, he played 55 minutes on and five minutes off, and if there was a fight, he had to rush onstage and start playing again. So I met Stevie there and he soon became my bass player first, then lead guitarist. My consigliere, my dependable devil’s advocate whenever I need one. The invaluable ears for everything that I create. I always get a hold of him, and fan No. 1. So he’s my comic foil onstage, my fellow producer/arranger, and my blood, blood, blood, blood, blood brother. Let’s keep rolling for as many lives as they’ll give us, alright?  Years and bands went by: Child, Steel Mill, the Bruce Springsteen Band -- they were all some combo of the above-mentioned gang. Then I scored a solo recording contract with Columbia Records and I argued to get to choose my recording "sidemen," which was a misnomer, in this case, if there ever was one. So, I chose my band and my great friends, and we finally landed on E Street, the rare, rock & roll hybrid of solo artistry and a true rock & roll band. But one big thing was missing. It was a dark and stormy night, as a Nor’easter rattled the street lamps on Kingsley Blvd. and in walked Clarence Clemons. I’ve been enthralled by the sax sounds of King Curtis and I searched for years for a great rock and roll saxophonist. And that night Clarence walked in, walked towards the stage, and he rose, towering to my right on the Prince’s tiny stage, about the size of this podium, and then he unleashed the force of nature that was the sound and the soul of the Big Man. In that moment, I knew that my life had changed. Miss you, love you, Big Man. Wish that he was with us tonight. This would mean a great, great deal to Clarence. An honorable mention and shout-out to Ernie "Boom" Carter. The drummer who played on one song only: 'Born to Run.' He picked a good one. So here’s to you, Ernie. Thank you, thank you. Thanks, of course, Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan, who answered an ad in the Village Voice. And they beat out 60 other drummers and keyboardists for the job. It was the in-fatigable, almost dangerously dedicated Mighty Max Weinberg and the fabulous five fingers of Professor Roy Bittan. They refined and they defined the sounds of the E Street Band that remains our calling card around the world to this day. Thank you, Roy. Thank you, Max. They are my professional hitmen. I love them both. Then, 10 years later, Nils Lofgren and Patti Scialfa joined just in time to assist us in the rebirth of 'Born in the U.S.A.' Nils, one of the world’s great, great rock guitarists, with a choir boy’s voice, has given me everything he’s had for the past 30 years. Thank you, Nils. So much love. 
And Patti Scialfa, a Jersey girl, who came down one weekend from New York City and sat in with a local band, Cats on a Smooth Surface, and Bobby Bandiera at the Stone Pony, where she sang a killer version of the Exciters’ 'Tell ‘Em.' She had a voice that was full of a little Ronnie Spector, a little Dusty Springfield and a lot of something that was her very, very own. After she was done, I walked up, I introduced myself at the back bar, we grabbed a couple of stools and we sat there for the next hour -- or thirty years or so -- talking about music and everything else. So we added my lovely red-headed woman and she broke the boy’s club! Now, I wanted our band to mirror our audience, and by 1984, that band had grown men and grown women. But, her entrance freaked us out so much that opening night of the Born in the U.S.A. tour, I asked her to come into my dressing room and see what she was gonna wear! So she had on kind of a slightly feminine T-shirt and I stood there, sort of sweating. At my feet, I had a little Samsonite luggage bag that I carried with me, and I kicked it over. It was full of all my smelly, sweaty T-shirts and I said, "Just pick one of these. It’ll be fine." She’s not wearing one tonight. But Patti, I love you, thank you for your beautiful voice, you changed my band and my life. Thank you for our beautiful children. 
So, real bands -- real bands -- are made primarily from the neighborhood. From a real time and real place that exists for a little while, then changes, and is gone forever. They’re made from the same circumstances, the same needs, the same hungers, culture. They’re forged in the search of something more promising then what you were born into. These are the elements, the tools, and these are the people who built the place called E Street. Now, E Street was a dance, was an idea, was a wish, was a refuge, was a home, was a destination, was a gutter dream, and finally, it was a band. We struggled together, and sometimes, we struggled with one another. We bathed in the glory, and often, the heartbreaking confusion of our rewards together. We’ve enjoyed health, and we’ve suffered illness and aging and death together. We took care of one another when trouble knocked, and we hurt one another in big and small ways. But in the end, we kept faith in each other. And one thing is for certain: as I said before in reference to Clarence Clemons, I told a story with the E Street Band that was, and is, bigger than I ever could have told on my own. And I believe that settles that question. But that is the hallmark of a rock and roll band, the narrative you tell together is bigger than anyone could have told on your own. That’s the Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols, that’s Bob Marley and the Wailers. That’s James Brown and his Famous Flames. That’s Neil Young and Crazy Horse. So, I thank you my beautiful men and women of E Street. You made me dream and love bigger than I could have ever without you. And tonight I stand here with just one regret: that Danny and Clarence couldn’t be with us here tonight. Sixteen years ago, a few days before my own induction, I stood in my darkened kitchen along with Steve Van Zandt. Steve was just returning to the band after a 15-year hiatus and he was petitioning me to push the Hall of Fame to induct all of us together. I listened, and the Hall of Fame had its rules, and I was proud of my independence. We hadn’t played together in 10 years, we were somewhat estranged, we were just taking the first small steps over reforming. We didn’t know what the future would bring. And perhaps the shadows of some of the old grudges held some sway. It was a conundrum, as we’ve never quite been fish nor fowl. And Steve was quiet, but persistent. And at the end of our conversation, he just said, "Yeah, I understand. But Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. That’s the legend." So I’m proud to induct, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, love-making, earth-quaking, Viagra-taking, justifying, death-defying, legendary E Street Band.  


Baby take a walk in toy land
Be my hero play the part
I'm falling down
Hard from salvation
Come protect this China heart
Though my party dress is torn
I still walk and talk
And cry and crawl
And I've got no one on my arm
Well I am just a rumble doll
Now some girls
Are just born lucky
They're lucky that's for sure
Well in my soul
I've never felt
That clean though I
I know my heart is pure
Sometimes I feel
Like I know too much, and
Sometimes I feel
Like I don't know nothing at all
But I can still be
Soft to the touch
Well, I am just a rumble doll
Now I don't know how
To unlock the door
To those forgiving words, no I
I just don't understand
'Cause every time
I try to turn that key
It leaves a dark stain in my hand
So measure my intentions
Against my sins
And if you think my name
It should be called
I'll be on the outside
Somewhere looking in
Well I am just a rumble
I am just a rumble
Well I am just a rumble doll
So baby
Take a walk in toy land
Be my hero play the part
I'm falling down
Hard from salvation
Come protect this China heart