Otis Redding - I CAN'T TURN YOU LOOSE

First performance: 18/01/1989


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song only once and used it as a snippet:
 
Springsteen attends the fourth Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremonies. The night's inductees are Dion, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and Phil Spector, plus The Ink Spots, Bessie Smith, and The Soul Stirrers in the Early Influences category. As had been the case in January 1987 (when Bruce inducted Roy Orbison and performed) and January 1988 (when Bruce inducted Bob Dylan and performed) Springsteen took the stage, joining in the all-star jam on most of the songs and sings lead on "Crying", dedicated to Roy Orbison, who had passed away only a few weeks earlier. Bruce plays guitar on all songs, plus tambourine on "Uptight (Everything's Alright)". The all-star band includes, along with Bruce, most of The Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Mick Taylor), most of The Temptations (Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin, David Ruffin, and Otis Williams), Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Little Richard, Pete Townshend, Dion, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Anita Baker, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Ben E. King, Bobby McFerrin, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Foreigner's Mick Jones, and more. Bruce attended with Patti Scialfa and, according to some reports, former Castiles member George Theiss attended. Former E Streeter Band member Vini Lopez was definitely there and took part in the show. He later recalled "They had the whole induction ceremony and four hours later, Bill Graham is on stage and he's pulling people out of the audience. Bruce comes up to me and says, "You see that other drum set up there? " Next thing you know, I was up there. I played for an hour and a half with those guys. Paul Simon, Steve Wonder. It was cool. Mick Jagger was leaning on my shoulder, singing 'Honky Tonk Woman' with Tina Turner."
 
 
 
 
  •  Snippets
2002-11-02 Tradewinds, Sea Bright, NJ
Bruce takes the stage to perform a verse of "I Can't Turn You Loose" before diving into Grushecky's "Never Be Enough Time".
 
during MARY's PLACE
2003-03-06 Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
 

Songinfo

"I Can't Turn You Loose" is a song written and first recorded by American soul singer Otis Redding. It was released as the B-side to his 1965 single "Just One More Day". The up-tempo song became a bigger hit on the US R&B chart than its A-side and was one of Redding's signature songs and often appeared in his live performances. 
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

I can't turn you too loose now
If I do, I'm gonna lose my life
I can't ever turn you too loose now
If I do, I'm gonna lose my life
Well, I can't turn you lose nobody
'Cause I love you baby, yes I do, oh, babe
Hip shakin' mama, I told ya
I, I'm in love with only you
Honey, baby, do it baby, why don't ya?
I wanna give you everything that you want
Gotta, gotta, now
Gotta keep on holdin' on
Never gonna turn you loose, now
Gotta keep a grip on you, babe
I can't turn you loose now
I'm in love with the prettiest thing
I can't ever turn you loose now
What a joy true love you can bring, now
Well, I can't turn you loose to nobody
'Cause I love you, baby, yes I do
Hip shakin' mama, I told ya
I, I'm in love with only you
Honey, baby, do it baby, why don't ya?
I'm gonna give you everything that you want
Gotta, gotta, now
Gotta keep on holdin' on
Never gonna turn you loose
Gotta keep a grip on you, babe
Gotta, gotta, gotta
Gotta keep on holdin' on
I can't turn you loose
I gotta keep a grip on you
I can't turn you loose
I got to keep on holdin' on
I can't turn you loose
Early in the mornin'
I love you woman
Late in the evenin'
I love you more
Gotta, gotta, gotta
Gotta, gotta, gotta
Gotta, gotta, gotta
Gotta, gotta, gotta
Gotta, gotta, gotta
Gotta, gotta, gotta
Gotta keep on holdin' on
Can't turn you loose
Gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta
Hold on, gotta, gotta, gotta
Gotta keep holdin' on
Can't turn you loose
Gotta keep a grip on you
I can't turn you loose
Gotta keep on holdin' on
I can't turn you loose