John Henry Kurtz - DRIFT AWAY

First performance: 20/08/1984


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 4 times:
 
 
 
 
  • Born In The U.S.A. Tour. : 
featuring a guest appearance by Steven Van Zandt. Officially released on Live.BruceSpringsteen.net

1984-12-14 - MID-SOUTH COLISEUM, MEMPHIS, TN
featuring a guest appearance by Steven Van Zandt. A second performance of the latter this tour, but without The Miami Horns this time.
 
  • Wrecking Ball Tour
 
2013-05-28 - AWD-ARENA, HANNOVER, GERMANY
"Drift Away" was played for a sign that reads "I would give my right testicle to hear Drift Away", " With Bruce answering : "But I do want the man to go home with both testicles".
 

Songinfo

"Drift Away" is a song by Mentor Williams and originally recorded by John Henry Kurtz on his 1972 album Reunion. Mentor Williams was a country songwriter, and John Henry Kurtz was an actor and swamp rock singer. In 1973 the song became Dobie Gray's biggest hit, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 . It was the final pop hit for Decca Records in the United States. A new version by Uncle Kracker, with Gray, became a major hit in 2003.
 
 
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Day after day I'm more confused
But I look for the light in the pouring rain, oh yeah
You know that's a game that I hate to lose
And I'm feeling the strain
Now ain't it a shame

Give me the beat boys and free my soul
Well I wanna get lost in the rock and roll and drift away
Give me the beat boys and free my soul
Well I wanna get lost in the rock and roll and drift away

Beginning to think that I'm wasting time
And I don't understand the things I do
The world outside looks so unkind
Now it's up to you
To carry me through

Give me the beat boys and free my soul
Well I wanna get lost in the rock and roll and drift away
Give me the beat boys and free my soul
Well I wanna get lost in the rock and roll and drift away

And when my mind is free
You know a melody can soothe me
And when I'm feeling blue
The guitar's coming through to soothe me, oh oh

Thanks for the joy that you've given me
I want you to know I believe in the song
And rhythm and rhyme and harmony
You helped me along
You're making me strong

Give me the beat boys and free my soul
Well I wanna get lost in the rock and roll and drift away
Oh yeah, give me the beat boys and free my soul
Well I wanna get lost in the rock and roll and drift away
Give me the beat boys and free my soul
Well I wanna get lost in the rock and roll and drift away