Jackie Shane - Any other way

First performance: no live dates


Bruce Springsteen released the song on his 2022 album Only The Strong Survive.
In an intervieuw with Chris Jordan (Asbury Park Press, November 23, 2022) Bruce admitted that he was not familiar with Jacky Shane's version but basically copying the William Bell version.
The album was anounced with the single Do I love you ( indeed I do ). Do I love you ( indeed I do ) is the leading single from Only The Strong Survive album. It was released on digital platforms on 29 Sep 2022, the same time the album was officially announced. A music video for the song was simultaneously released on Bruce Springsteen's YouTube channel. The video was directed and edited by Thom Zimny. Only The Strong Survive is Bruce Springsteen's twenty-first studio album. It is officially released on 11 Nov 2022 on Columbia Records. It consists of 15 tracks, all of which are covers. This marks the second time that Springsteen releases a cover album following We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions in 2006. The album is "a collection of fifteen soul music greats," as described in the press release. It "celebrates soul music gems from the legendary catalogues of Motown, Gamble and Huff, Stax and many more." Springsteen commented: "I wanted to make an album where I just sang. And what better music to work with than the great American songbook of the Sixties and Seventies? I've taken my inspiration from Levi Stubbs, David Ruffin, Jimmy Ruffin, the Iceman Jerry Butler, Diana Ross, Dobie Gray, and Scott Walker, among many others. I've tried to do justice to them all and to the fabulous writers of this glorious music. My goal is for the modern audience to experience its beauty and joy, just as I have since I first heard it. I hope you love listening to it as much as I loved making it."
The announcement was made by Springsteen himself who addressed fans in a pre-recorded video posted online.
In anticipation to the announcement, Springsteen dropped hints on his social media accounts over the course of the previous three days. On 26 and 27 September, he shared each morning a photo of a road and of a steering wheel respectively, without any caption or comment. 
On 28 September, he posted a 26-second promo clip of a vintage car FM radio dial turning to different stations and listening in for a few seconds, each station playing a different song from the upcoming album.
Only The Strong Survive track list:

Only the strong survive (Jerry Butler cover)
Soul days  (Dobie Gray cover)
Nightshift (Commodores cover)
Do I love you (Indeed I do ) (Frank Wilson cover)
The sun ain't gonna shine anymore (Frankie Valli cover)
Turn back the hands of time (Tyrone Davis cover)
When she was my girl (Four Tops cover)
Hey, Western Union Man (Jerry Butler cover)
I wish it would rain (The Temptations cover)
Don't play that song ( you lied ) (Ben E. King cover)
Any other way (Jackie Shane cover)
I forgot to be your lover (William Bell cover)
7 rooms of gloom (Four Tops cover)
What becomes of the brokenhearted (Jimmy Ruffin cover)
Someday we'll be together (Diana Ross & The Supremes cover) 


Jackie Shane's 'Any Other Way' was written by William Bell ( 1962 ) and became an LGBT battle song. Jackie Shane was a 1960s transgender soul singer from Toronto who chose her own path and discovered that she wanted to be who she was. She was born as a boy and lived her entire life as a woman. 
read the story here 

Other cover versions


Bruce on the artist

Asbury Park Press, November 23, 2022 
Chris Jordan: "Any Other Way,... William Bell … Are you familiar with the version by a woman named Jackie Shane?"

Bruce Springsteen: "I’ve heard her name mentioned with that song. I don’t know if I’ve heard her version. I know a lot of people are familiar with her version of it. It’s supposed to be great."
Jackie Shane, it’s my understanding that she’s a trailblazer. She was born a man and Jackie was a trans performer. I didn’t know that…
She was up through the ‘60s and based in Toronto. I think her story is especially significant after the Colorado incident here. I want to check her version out. I was copying the William Bell version, basically.


Here you come again,
And you say that your my friend,
But I know why your here;
She wants to know how I feel,
Tell her that I'm happy,
Tell her that I'm gay,
Tell her I wouldn't have it,
Any other way.

People have been talking,
Since we been apart,
And when I pass I hear them whisper, (ha, ha),
There he goes with a broken heart;
But when you see my baby,
Here is what you say,
Tell her I wouldn't have it,
Any other way.
This song was originally posted on protestsonglyrics.net
That's all I got to say my friend,
Now we better say good-bye;
I think you better go right now,
Or you might see me cry,
But when you see my baby,
This is what you say,
Tell her I wouldn't have it,
Any other way.
No other way,
I wouldn't have it baby,
No other way,
I just won't have it baby,
Any other way.