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Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out by Bruce Springsteen comes under the genre Rock,General. It was released on 16 Aug 1983 under the label of Columbia. Copyright holded by (P) 1975 Bruce Springsteen.

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Lyrics of Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

Tear drops on the city
Bad Scooter searching for his groove
Seem like the whole world walking pretty
And you can't find the room to move
Well everybody better move over, that's all
'Cause I'm running on the bad side
And I got my back to the wall
Tenth Avenue freeze-out, Tenth Avenue freeze-out

Well I was stranded in the jungle
Trying to take in all the heat they was giving
The night is dark but the sidewalk's bright
And lined with the light of the living
From a tenement window a transistor blasts
Turn around the corner things got real quite real fast
I walked into a Tenth Avenue freeze-out
Tenth Avenue freeze-out
And I'm all alone, I'm all alone
And kid you better get the picture
And I'm on my own, I'm on my own
And I can't go home

When the changes was made uptown
And the Big Man joined the band
From the coastline to the city
All the little pretties raise their hands
I'm gonna sit back right easy and laugh

When Scooter and the Big Man bust this city in half
With the Tenth Avenue freeze-out, Tenth Avenue freeze-out
Tenth Avenue freeze-out...


'Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out' is the second song on Bruce Springsteen's breakthrough album 'Born to Run'.

The song loosely tells the story of the formation of the E Street Band. However, when asked, most Springsteen fans cannot answer the question, 'What is a Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out?' The meaning of the phrase is still a mystery. Even Springsteen himself says, laughing, in the Born to Run documentary 'Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run': 'I still have no idea what it means. But it's important.' The song's protagonist, 'Bad Scooter', is a pseudonym for Springsteen himself (as indicated by the initials they share). In the third verse, Bad Scooter is saved by 'the Big Man': Clarence Clemons, the band's saxophonist. After his name is sung, Clemons lets loose a big note on his horn.

The song is upbeat, possibly the most so on the album, with a strong horn section (led by Clemons) and Roy Bittan's consistent piano chords keeping the rhythm. As stated by Springsteen in the 'Wings for Wheels' documentary, the idea for the composition of the horn intro was Steven Van Zandt's. Despite all of this, the single was a chart dud, getting no higher than #83 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it has always had a strong following on album-oriented rock radio and amongst Springsteen's fan base.

thumb|right|246px|The [[Belmar, New Jersey ice cream stand named after the song]] An ice cream stand at 10th Avenue on the boardwalk of Belmar, New Jersey (the town from which the E Street Band took its name), is named 10th Avenue Freeze Out.

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