Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lost Songs- "From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)"

So it's not entirely fair to call this a "lost" song.  Bruce did release it on the limited edition third disc of his compilation double album The Essential Bruce Springsteen.  But that disc is pretty rare.  Bruce also will sometimes play this song live, as seen above from a recent concert at Metlife Stadium.

However, it's played rarely enough and not widely distributed, and this is my blog so I'm calling it a lost song.  As you can tell from listening to it, it definitely has that early 1980's Springsteen sound.  Clearly influenced by 1950's rockabilly style guitar riffs, this song was criminally cut from The River, never put on another studio album, including Tracks.  That's a shame, as this might be one of the best Bruce songs to dance to.  Seriously, pump it up right now and just try not to tap your toes.  It's nearly impossible.

This song reached popularity, when covered by Welsh singer/songwriter Dave Edmunds.  According to the 2005 Springsteen Biography, The Ties That Bind:

"When (Edmunds) went to see Springsteen perform at Wembley Arena (in 1981), he expected a good show but not necessarily a new song to record. "I was backstage in the hospitality area after the gig," Edmunds remembered, "and one of his crew of road managers tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'Bruce wants to meet you.' I went back and had this great talk with him, and he played me this song and said, 'I'd like you to do this, if you like it.' He said he'd send me the tape, which he did."

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