Orlons ( The ) - Don't Hang Up

First performance: 02/02/2017


Bruce covered the song only once:
2017-02-02 AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia 
Bruce opens the show with a solo acoustic performance of "Don't Hang Up", his only ever rendition of the 1962 hit by American R&B group The Orlons. He dedicates the song to Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian Prime Minister who had an abrupt end to his phone call with President Trump yesterday. He introduces the song by saying:
"We stand before you as embarrassed Americans tonight… we're gonna use this to send a letter back home." Pro-shot video of the complete  performance was posted the following day on Bruce Springsteen's official website and Bruce Springsteen's YouTube channel.


"Don't Hang Up" is a 1962 hit single produced by Cameo-Parkway Records and performed by the American R&B music group The Orlons. The song is also credited under the Ariola Records label. One of the group's biggest songs during their career, the song achieved notoriety again in the 1990s, when it was included in the 1993 family comedy film Dennis the Menace. "Don't Hang Up" remains an icon of the early 1960s era of popular music and was awarded gold disc status for selling over one million copies. 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Spoken intro to the song:
"Evening! Alright. One two, yeah. Alright, we stand before you embarrassed Americans tonight. This was a song from 1965 by The Orlons. We're gonna use this to send a letter back home."


Don't hang up, oh no
Pretty darling baby don't hang up

Don't hang up like you always do
I know you think our love is true
I'll explain the facts to you
Don't hang up
Give me a chance or our romance is through

Don't hang up, oh no
Don't you do it now, don't hang up

I took a walk with Mary Lou
Ran around to visit Sue
She had some girls I never knew
Don't hang up
They took a ride so baby I went too

We stopped at the record hop
I had to be a sport
We jumped and did the slop
Then you walked in and you were sore

Don't hang up, oh no
Don't you do it now, don't hang up

Yeah you got some explaining to do
Like that guy I saw with you
So talk fast like you always do
And don't hang up
You got one chance or our romance is through