Willie Nile - One Guitar

First performance: 14/01/2012


Bruce performed the song 4 times:
During Light of Day, together with Willie Nile 
Bruce makes his appearance at the twentieth anniversary edition of the Light Of Day Benefit. As usual, he briefly joins Jesse Malin and Willie Nile during their performances before playing a full set with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers.

© photo Debra L.Rothenberg
Light of Day

2014-01-18 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ
Light of Day

For the third year in succession Bruce is the main attraction at the climax of Light Of Day, a series of benefit concerts to aid the fight against Parkinson's disease.


Written by Willie Nile and Frankie Lee, 2010. Originally recorded by Willie Nile and taken from the Album The Innocent Ones
(September 6, 2011)

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Willie Nile (born Robert Anthony Noonan, June 7, 1948, Buffalo, NY)
He performed 17 times live with Bruce Springsteen.

2020-01-18 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park
2015-05-28 Best Buy Theater, New York City
2015-01-17 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park
2014-01-18 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park
2012-01-14 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park
2011-01-15 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park
2010-01-16 Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park
2009-11-22 HSBC Arena, Buffalo
2009-09-30 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford
2004-12-19 Harry's Roadhouse, Asbury Park (Late)
2004-11-06 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park
2003-12-07 Convention Hall, Asbury Park
2003-11-01 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park
2003-10-04 Shea Stadium, New York City,
2003-10-03 Shea Stadium, New York City
2003-09-20 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien, NY
2000-11-03 Stone Pony (The), Asbury Park


It is the middle of the night right in the middle of the street
It could be uptown, downtown but I can feel the beat
There is a marchin' drum there is a song unsung
It could be your dream, my dream it's not the only one
I'm a soldier marchin' in an army
Got no gun to shoot
But what I got is one guitar
I got this one guitar
I see the risin' smoke I hear a heartbreak joke
Hey all my brothers and sisters I thuink it's time we spoke
I've only got six strings but like a bell they ring
Its like a jet plane, insane crashin' in my brain
I'm a soldier marchin' in an army
Got no gun to shoot
But what I got is one guitar
I got this one guitar
And it goes... na na na...
So if you get knocked down you gotta take a stand
For all the outcast, dead last who need a helping hand
So get your tambourines and turn your arms up loud
And raise your voices, voices up above this crowd