Darlington County (song)

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"Darlington County"
Song by Bruce Springsteen from the album Born in the U.S.A.
Released June 4, 1984
Recorded April - May 1982 at The Power Station in New York
Genre Rock
Length 4:48
Label Columbia
Writer Bruce Springsteen
Producer Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt
Born in the U.S.A. track listing

"Darlington County" is a 1984 song written and performed by Bruce Springsteen. It was released on the album Born in the U.S.A. and has remained a popular concert song for Springsteen and the E Street Band. The lyrics concern the protagonist and his buddy driving to Darlington County "looking for work on the county line", meeting girls along the way.

The version of the song that was released on the album was recorded in April or May 1982 at the Power Station in one of the early Born in the U.S.A. recording sessions.[1]

The actual Darlington County is in South Carolina.

Cover versions[edit]

Jeff Stevens and the Bullets took a cover version to #69 on the Hot Country Songs charts in 1987.

Live performance history[edit]

Darlington County was played in every leg of the Born in the U.S.A. Tour. The song did not emerge again until four days after the breakup with the Other Band. During the Reunion Tour, the song was performed frequently.

After the Attacks of September 11, the song (whose lyrics mention the World Trade Center) was not played until the third leg of The Rising Tour. On occasions, Springsteen did not sing the line about World Trade Center, instead he mouthed "Nine-Eleven" into the camera. It was played throughout the remainder of the tour and the song reappeared on the Magic Tour. The song has been played about 260 times through 2008.

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