Wild Billy's Circus Story
Whoa, and a press roll drummer go, ballerina to and fro
Cartwheelin' up on that tightrope with a cannon blast lightin' flash
Movin' fast through the tent Mars bent, he's gonna miss his fall
Oh God save the human cannonball.
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Title & Song Lyrics, Bruce Springsteen: brucespringsteen.net/songs/wil…
In 1973 while serving at the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, NY. A fellow soldier told me that he heard about a new band to the rock scene, namely Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. They were playing, of all places, at the Geneva Theater in Geneva, NY. A small venue to be sure. Bruce and his band were hungry for bookings trying to make a name for themselves. He had just completed his 2d album, The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. His 1st album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. had not been recognized as well. I estimate the audience to have been about a hundred or so people, who like myself, had no idea what we were going to hear. We were treated to a 3 hour show at which he sang just about everything from his first two albums. The performance was high energy, mesmerizing and Rock and Roll at its finest. To this day, his first two albums remain my very favorites. The standout song for me, was a wonderful song called Wild Billy's Circus Story, complete with accordian solo's by Danny Federici. His next studio recording, from 1975, Born to Run, would be his Rock breakout album. His first album was actually almost folk rock with lyrics that were long and descriptive. His second album, by contrast, was bluesy and sentimental. I will remember this concert as one of my all time favorites.