Easybeats ( The ) - FRIDAY ON MY MIND

First performance: 19/02/2014


Coverinfo

Bruce played the song 2 times during the High Hopes tour in Australia. He soundchecked the song prior to the show
 
Pro-shot video of the entire live 19 Feb 2014 performance of Friday on my mind was subsequently posted on Bruce Springsteen's official website and Bruce Springsteen's YouTube channel. Show kicks off with "Friday On My Mind" , played in a full-band arrangement. Bruce identified Friday on my mind as one of his all-time favorites. In an April 1995 interview with Australian rock journalist Ian 'Molly' Meldrum held in Los Angeles.
 
"Friday On My Mind" returns tot the setlist.
 
 
 

Songinfo

"Friday on My Mind" is a 1966 song by Australian rock group the Easybeats. Written by band members George Young and Harry Vanda, The track became a worldwide hit.
In 2001, it was voted "Best Australian Song" of all time by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) as determined by a panel of 100 music industry personalities.
According to Harry Vanda, the track's distinctive guitar opening was inspired by a film performance featuring the Swingle Singers: "It went tudutudutudu, which made us all laugh. In the train back from the gig, we were imitating them and suddenly it sounded good. They became the first notes of "Friday on My Mind".
 
 
 

Other cover versions

 

Bruce on the artist

Bruce on the song during an interview on 1995/04/07 ( Sony music studio’s NY ) hosted by Ian "Molly" Meldrum.

Question : A song that is still relevant today is "Out in The Street" 

"That is a song that is the closest I have ever got to Beatles structures. With Born to Run, I was writing Orbison type songs that developed operatically in sections which were not repeated and where everything led up to a crescendo. But with Darkness I started to write more folk based songs which spoke with simple, direct and plain images. "

Question : It is a great song.

"To be truthful, when I wrote it I was trying to copy one of my all time favourite songs, "Friday On My Mind" by the Easybeats. I have always loved that song. The structure on that is just incredible and it had that unbelievable exhilaration when they broke into the chorus. You know, its Friday and you are out of school or out of work and you’re just “Out there!” In my town, there was a particular place you drove to on Friday that was filled with teenagers and “Out In the Street” was my attempt at that writing about that image but with a Beatles type structure. "
 

Lyrics

Monday morning feels so bad
Everybody seems to nag me
Coming Tuesday I feel better
Even my old man looks good
Wednesday just don't go
Thursday goes too slow
I've got Friday on my mind

I'm gonna have fun in the city
Be with my girl, she's so pretty
She looks fine tonight
She is out of sight to me
Tonight I'll spend my bread, tonight
I'll lose my head, tonight
I've got to get to night
Monday I'll have Friday on my mind

Do the five day grind once more
I know of nothing else that bugs me
More than working for the rich man
Hey, I'll change that scene one day
Today I might be mad
Tomorrow I'll be glad
'Cause I'll have Friday on my mind

I'm gonna have fun in the city
Be with my girl, she's so pretty
She looks fine tonight
She is out of sight to me
Tonight I'll spend my bread, tonight
I'll lose my head, tonight
I've got to get to night
Monday I'll have Friday on my mind

I'm gonna have fun in the city
I'll be with my girl, she's so pretty
I'm gonna have fun in the city
I'll be with my girl, she's so pretty
I'm gonna have fun in the city
I'll be with my girl, she's so pretty
I'm gonna have fun in the city