Jackson Browne - RUNNING ON EMPTY

First performance: 12/06/1982


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 6 times, always together with Jackson Browne on stage.
 
 

1982-06-12 - CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Rally for Disarmament) (Jackson Browne)
Springsteen performs at the Rally For Disarmament in Central Park. Attended by well over half a million people protesting against the nuclear arms race. Bruce performs two songs,(also The Promised Land) accompanied by Jackson Browne.
 
1983-08-02 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Jackson Browne)

1989-06-30 - BALLY'S, ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Jackson Browne)
With Jackson Browne at the luxury hotel and casino on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

1994-11-13 - CASTAIC LAKE, CASTAIC, CA (Jackson Browne)
With Jackson Browne. Bruce takes part in the eleventh annual Love Ride charity motorcycle ride. The Love Ride is a 50-mile motorcycle caravan with tens of thousands of participants, including celebrities Proceeds from the event (this year the ride raised $1,070,000) go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The rally finished at Castaic Lake, just outside Los Angeles, where a post-race Jackson Browne concert was held. Browne performed three sets and he was joined onstage by Bruce Springsteen during the third.

2004-10-13 - CONTINENTAL AIRLINES ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
Special invitation Vote For Change event with Jackson Browne, John Fogerty and Patti Scialfa performing. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joins Bruce for "No Surrender" and "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", before tackling Vedder's "Better Man". "Racing In The Street" is also performed with Jackson Browne.

2007-06-12 - JOAN AND ROBERT RECHNITZ THEATER, RED BANK, NJ (Jackson Browne)
Bruce guests (in a support role) during encores at a benefit concert by Jackson Browne for Joan Dancy and ‘PALS’ (People with ALS).
 

Songinfo

"Running on Empty" is a song written and performed by Jackson Browne. It is the title track to his 1977 live album of the same name, recorded at a concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, on August 27, 1977. A number 11 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 when it was released as a single. The song was written while Browne was driving to the studio each day to make The Pretender, according to Rolling Stone magazine: "I was always driving around with no gas in the car," Browne is quoted. "I just never bothered to fill up the tank because — how far was it anyway? Just a few blocks. This song appeared in the 1994 film Forrest Gump, featured in the scene where Forrest was running across the United States. 
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce inducted Jackson Browne into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2004-03-15 - WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Bruce inducts Jackson Browne into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York City. In his speech, Bruce recalled first seeing Browne at the Bitter End in the early seventies after he played his own set at Max's Kansas City. He also noted that the audiences the two drew were a little different. "Jackson Browne was a bona fide rock'n'roll sex star", said Springsteen. "Now, being a little competitive, I also noticed that while the E Street Band and I were sweatin' our asses off for hours just to put some fannies in the seats, that obviously due to what must have been some strong homo-erotic undercurrent in our music, we were drawing rooms filled with men. Not that great lookin' men either. Meanwhile, Jackson is drawing more women than an Indigo Girls show!" Bruce did not perform at the ceremony, which featured performances by Browne, Prince and Bob Seger.
 
Speech inducting Jackson Browne into the Rock’n’ Roll Hall of Fame:
 
"I first met Jackson Browne in the early seventies. It was at the Bitter End. I was brought down there by David Blue, a folk singer, after a set I did at Max's Kansas City. On David Blue's word, Jackson was kind enough to let somebody he'd just met get up on stage and play a song during his set. I watched Jackson play. That night he was accompanied by his great sideman, David Lindley. As I listened that night I knew that this guy was simply one of the best. Each song was like a diamond and my first thought was 'damn, he´s good.' My second thought was 'I need less words.' The emotions of all the music was right out there on the sleeve and I've remained a major, major fan since then. I remember watching him that night and he was kind of quintessentially California, right down to, like, the lost surfer haircut; good lookin' guy, great songwriter and we became pretty friendly. So over the next few years, Jackson was gracious enough to let me open up at several of his gigs. Now being a little competitive, the first thing I noticed was Jackson didn't have much of a show. He just stood there in the baggy jeans and the t-shirt, singing his serious songs. That was it. Being a little competitive, I also noticed that Jackson drew an enormous amount of good looking women. Great lookin' women who stood there staring at the stage, entranced. His hair was perfect. And that was something I aspired to myself. Both the hair and the women. So, tonight this is an unlooked-at part of Jackson's work that I'd like to focus on for a moment. The great songwriting? Alright. I could deal with that. I don't need to stand here tonight and dwell on the obvious. But the gals that came to the show! You see, what most people don't realize - and for me this was a big part of Jackson's rock 'n' roll credentials - was that Jackson Browne was a bona fide rock´n´roll sex star. And my wife says he still is. He tried to hide it but not too much, I guess. Now, being a little competitive, I also noticed that while the E Street Band and I were sweatin' our asses off for hours just to put some fannies in the seats, that obviously due to what must have been some strong homo-erotic undercurrent in our music, we were drawing rooms filled with men. Not that great lookin' men either. Meanwhile, Jackson is drawing more women than an Indigo Girls show. It's true that Jackson wrote some of the most beautiful breakin' up music, break your heart music of all: ´Sky Blue and Black´, ´Linda Paloma’, ´In The Shape of a Heart´. I think that´s what drew women to Jackson, besides the obvious, was that they finally felt they were listening to a guy who knew as much about love as they did. And what drew men to Jackson, besides the obvious, I guess, was that when they listened to him, they realized they knew more about love than they thought they did. In the seventies, post-Vietnam America, there was no album that captured the fall from Eden, the long, slow after-burn of the sixties; it's heartbreak, it's disappointments, it's spent possibilities better than Jackson's masterpiece, Late For the Sky. It's just a beautiful body of work. It's essential in making sense of the times. ´Before the Deluge´ still gives me goosebumps and it raises me to cause. Late For the Sky, when those car doors slam at the end of the record, they still bring tears. And there was no more searching, yearning, loving music made for and about America at the time. In this and so much of Jackson's writing, the slow meticulous crafting of the songs, the thoughtfulness. Jackson was one of the first songwriters I met who demonstrated the value of thinking hard about what you were saying, your subject. ´The Pretender´, ´These Days´, ´For Everyman´, ´I'm Alive´, ´Fountain of Sorrow´, ´Running on Empty´, ´For a Dancer´, ´Before the Deluge´. Now, I know the Eagles got in first, but, let's face it, and I think Don Henley would agree with me, these are the songs they wish they'd written. I wish I'd written them myself, along with ´Like A Rolling Stone´ and ´Satisfaction´. But, uh, Jackson's influence and his voice has always been his own. He's one of the true activist musicians I've ever known. World In Motion, Looking East, Lives In the Balance, he followed his muse wherever it took him. Risked his, and he paid whatever the cost. He's long put his mouth, his money, and his body where his politics are. Lives In The Balance sounds more urgent today than it ever did. The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson, they gave us California as paradise and Jackson Browne gave us Paradise Lost. 
Now I always imagine, what if Brian Wilson, long after he'd taken a bite of that orange the serpent offered to him, what if he married that nice girl in ´Caroline No´ - I always figured that she was pregnant anyway - and what if he moved into the valley and had two sons? One of them would have looked and sounded just like Jackson Browne. Cain, of course, would have been Jackson's brother-in-arms, Warren Zevon. We love you, Warren. But, Jackson to me, Jackson was always the tempered voice of Abel. Toiling in the vineyards, here to bear the earthly burdens, confronting the impossibility of love, here to do his father's work. Jackson's work was really California pop gospel. Listen to the chord changes of ´Rock Me On the Water´ and ´Before the Deluge´, it's gospel through and through. Now I always thought that in our fall from Eden, besides the strains of physicality and the bearing of earthly burdens, our real earthly task was that an unbridgeable gap, or a black hole was opened up in our ability to truly love one another. And so our job here on earth, the way we regain our divinity, our sacredness, and our general good-standing is by reconstructing love and creating love out of the broken pieces that we've been given. That's all we have of human promise. That's the way we prove ourselves in the eyes of God and facilitate our own redemption. Now, to me Jackson Browne's work was always the sound of that reconstruction. So as he writes in ´The Pretender´: ´We'll put our dark glasses on, and we'll make love until our strength is gone, and when the morning light comes shinin' in, we'll get up and do it again´. Amen." Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming my very handsome friend, Jackson Browne into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.´´


Acceptence speech Jackson Browne

Bruce also covered Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs ' version of stay together with Jackson Browne. Jackson recorded the song with revised lyrics on his 1977 album Running on Empty. 
 
 
Bruce had 29 performances together with Jackson Browne

All appearances with Springsteen:

1. 1973-10-06 - VILLANOVA FIELD HOUSE, VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, VILLANOVA, PA
2. 1975-09-04 - THE MAIN POINT, BRYN MAWR, PA (Jackson Browne)
3. 1979-09-21 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY (M.U.S.E. Benefit)
4. 1979-09-22 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY (M.U.S.E. Benefit)
5. 1980-08-16 - THE FORUM, INGLEWOOD, CA (Jackson Browne)
6. 1980-11-01 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
7. 1980-11-03 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
8. 1981-06-14 - HOLLYWOOD BOWL, LOS ANGELES, CA (Survival Sunday Benefit)
9. 1982-06-12 - CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Rally for Disarmament) (Jackson Browne)
10. 1983-08-02 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Jackson Browne)
11. 1985-07-00 - SHAKEDOWN STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Artists United Against Apartheid recording session)
12. 1987-09-30 - COCOANUT GROVE, AMBASSADOR HOTEL, LOS ANGELES, CA (Roy Orbison's Black & White Night)
13. 1989-06-30 - BALLY'S, ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Jackson Browne)
14. 1990-11-16 - SHRINE AUDITORIUM, LOS ANGELES, CA (Christic Institute Benefit)
15. 1990-11-17 - SHRINE AUDITORIUM, LOS ANGELES, CA (Christic Institute Benefit)
16. 1991-01-16 - WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)
17. 1994-11-13 - CASTAIC LAKE, CASTAIC, CA (Jackson Browne)
18. 1999-09-03 - MCI CENTER, WASHINGTON, DC
19. 2002-12-00 - CHEROKEE STUDIOS, HOLLYWOOD, CA (Warren Zevon recording session)
20. 2004-03-16 - BEACON THEATRE, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Jackson Browne)
21. 2004-10-11 - MCI CENTER, WASHINGTON, DC
22. 2004-10-13 - CONTINENTAL AIRLINES ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
23. 2007-06-11 - THE LIGHTHOUSE AT CHELSEA PIERS, NEW YORK CITY, NY (World Hunger Year Gala)
24. 2007-06-12 - JOAN AND ROBERT RECHNITZ THEATER, RED BANK, NJ (Jackson Browne)
25. 2009-10-29 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert)
26. 2011-06-21 - ROYAL POINCIANA CHAPEL, PALM BEACH, FL (Clarence Clemons funeral)
27. 2013-02-08 - LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER, LOS ANGELES, CA (MusiCares Person of the Year)
28. 2015-09-22 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ (Jackson Browne)
29. 2017-09-21 - PNC BANK ARTS CENTER, HOLMDEL, NJ (Laid Back Festival) (Little Steven, Jackson Browne) 

Lyrics

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields
In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up one-o-one
I don't know where I'm running now, I'm just running on

Running on - running on empty
Running on - running blind
Running on - running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive
In sixty-nine I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I don't know when that road turned onto the road I'm on

Running on - running on empty
Running on - running blind
Running on - running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Everyone I know, everywhere I go
People need some reason to believe
I don't know about anyone but me
If it takes all night, that'll be all right
If I can get you to smile before I leave

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
I don't know how to tell you all just how crazy this life feels
I look around for the friends that I used to turn to to pull me through
Looking into their eyes I see them running too

Running on - running on empty
Running on - running blind
Running on - running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Honey you really tempt me
You know the way you look so kind
I'd love to stick around but I'm running behind
You know I don't even know what I'm hoping to find
Running into the sun but I'm running behind