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The Ties That Bind (song)


The Ties That Bind (song)

For the Alter Bridge song "Ties That Bind", see Blackbird (album).
"The Ties That Bind"
Song by Bruce Springsteen from the album The River
Released October 1980
Recorded May or June 1979 at The Power Station in New York
Genre Rock
Length 3:34
Label Columbia Records
Writer Bruce Springsteen
Producer Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt

The River (disc 1) track listing
"The Ties That Bind
"Sherry Darling"

"The Ties That Bind" is a song written and performed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. It was the opening song on his fifth album, The River. It was recorded at The Power Station in New York in May or June 1979.[1] It was one of the earlier songs Springsteen wrote for The River, as it was written on the road during his 1978 tour.[2] The song was also often performed during the latter part of that tour.[3]

"The Ties That Bind" was originally intended to be released as the title track of a single album that was to be released in 1979.[4][5] This proposed album was eventually scrapped and expanded to become the double album The River.

The songs on The River reveal a tension between the need for community and the need to be alone. "The Ties That Bind", along with "Two Hearts" and "Out in the Street", is one of the key songs on the album about the need for community. [6][7] It is a pulsing rocker that was influenced by Jackie De Shannon's "When You Walk in the Room", Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain" and by The Searchers.[8]

"The Ties That Bind" has been a reasonably popular song in concert over the years, with about 200 performances through 2008. [9] An encyclopedia about Bruce Springsteen took its name from the title of this song.[10]

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