Bruce Springsteen – When You’re Alone

It’s just nobody knows baby where love goes
But when it goes it’s gone gone

I was reading posts a while back and Vinyl Burn reviewed the album Tunnel Of Love. That brought back a lot of memories of that album…and this song. This was the studio follow up to the huge Born in the USA album. Bruce had married actress Julianne Phillips in 1985 and she filed for divorce in 1988…a year after the release of Tunnel of Love. The album reflects some of the turmoil that was going on.

He later toured after the album was released and the E-Street Band backed him up as usual. After the tour, Bruce told the band that he would not need them for the foreseeable future. It wouldn’t be until 10 years later in 1999 that they would regroup and tour again.  

I saw Bruce in 1996 on a solo acoustic tour and he played this song and it was the only song he played off of Tunnel of Love.

The album was released in 1987. Tunnel of Love peaked at #1 in the Billboard Album Chart, #1 in Canada, #1 in the UK. It peaked at #6 in New Zealand.

The song was not released as a single.

When You’re Alone

Times were tough love was not enough
So you said sorry Johnny I’m gone gone gone
You said my act was funny
But we both knew what was missing honey
So you let out on your own
Now that pretty form that you’ve got baby
Will make sure you get along
But you’re gonna find out someday honey

When you’re alone you’re alone
When you’re alone you’re alone
When you’re alone you’re alone
When you’re alone you ain’t nothing but alone

Now I was young and pretty on the mean streets of the city
And I fought to make ’em my home
With just the shirt on my back I left and swore I’d never look back
And man I was gone gone gone
But there’s things that’ll knock you down you don’t even see coming
And send you crawling like a baby back home
You’re gonna find out that day sugar

When you’re alone you’re alone
When you’re alone you’re alone
When you’re alone you’re alone
When you’re alone you ain’t nothing but alone

I knew someday your runnin’ would be through
And you’d think back on me and you
And your love would be strong
You’d forget all the bad and think only of all the laughs that we had
And you’d want to come home
Now it ain’t hard feelings or nothin’ sugar
That ain’t what’s got me singing this song
It’s just nobody knows baby where love goes
But when it goes it’s gone gone

When you’re alone you’re alone
When you’re alone you’re alone
When you’re alone you’re alone
When you’re alone you ain’t nothing but alone

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

33 thoughts on “Bruce Springsteen – When You’re Alone”

  1. Haven’t heard this one before. Has a classic sort of Springsteen sound to it, not bad. would probably get to be pretty catchy to me if I listen a few more times. I guess by reviews ‘Tunnel of Love’ was a decent album that maybe deserved more of a listen, but by that point the public had sort of burned out on him … or at least radio programmers assumed they had.

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    1. Brilliant Disguise is the one that got most of the airplay. You are right Dave…a few listens and this one will stick with you! It has with me for 30 years…oh geez…I said 30 years…actually 33.

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  2. I have many memories attached to the album “Tunnel Of Love”. “When You’re Alone” is a good song, but “Tougher Than The Rest” and “Brilliant Disguise” are definitely my favorites here.

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    1. This album…I started to play it and every song brings back something. This post was between Spare Parts and When You’re Alone…Tougher than the Rest is a great song and Brilliant Disguise is what brought me to the album.

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      1. “Tunnel Of Love “is still one of the great Springsteen records for me, even if there are worlds between this rather introspective, melancholic-romantic album and the rocking catchy “Born In The USA”. But there are not only “Glory Days” where you can enjoy everything, there are also days where you think “When you’re alone you ain’t nothing but alone”.

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  3. While it’s quite different from “Born in the U.S.A.”, an album I really loved when it came out (and still like, though now I prefer “Born to Run”), I’ve come to dig “Tunnel of Love.” I seem to recall reading somewhere Springsteen was quite burned out after “Born in the U.S.A.” and the supporting tour – perhaps understandably so, given all the great attention it received, including the controversy surrounding the cover and the unfortunate misunderstanding of the title track . I think this also explains why he decided to put the E Street Band on hold. I’m glad he brought them back.

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    1. This album gets swallowed up in the shadow of Born In The USA sometimes. It is a great album…a different album…not as happy and a year later we knew why.

      He needs the E Street Band as much as they need him. He is better with them although I really enjoyed seeing him on that acoustic tour.

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      1. Thus far I’ve only seen Springsteen twice with the E Street Band.

        The first show was in Frankfurt, Germany in July 1998 during the “Tunnel of Love Express Tour” with Nils Lofgren and Clarence Clemmons. The second was in good ole New Jersey during “The River Tour” in August 2016 with Little Stephen and Jake Clemmons who did a remarkable job stepping into the Big Man’s shoes.

        Both shows are among the most memorable concerts I’ve been to. I definitely would love to see Springsteen again – with or without the E Street Band!

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      2. I saw him on that acoustic tour and again in 2000 with Clarence. They had so much energy…
        I’m a huge fan of that band…I’m glad I got to see Nils and Van Zandt…and most of all Clarence. Oh yea I would go see him again regardless.

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      3. Yea it gets really stupid after a while. I remember going to see my first concerts for 12 dollars…12 dollars! Christian.

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      4. It was only REO but still! You can’t see a bar band for that now lol.
        I’m willing to pay but yea it gets crazy. Some artists like Dylan still has reasonable prices for a lot of the seats…I’ve seen him for 60-70 dollars. McCartney I paid around 80…NOT front row but good seats.

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      5. I’ve never bought front row. As long as the angle to the stage is reasonable, I don’t mind being in the back. Nowadays they typically have giant monitors around the stage. I rather pay less for tickets and go to more shows! 🙂

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      6. That is exactly how I feel also. I think the closest I’ve ever been to front row in my life is the 15th row…unless I’m forgetting something.

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      7. I’ve been in the front to see some tribute bands I follow, but they are way more affordable! 🙂

        Oh, I almost forgot Southern Avenue – love these guys! That was at a small venue in Asbury Park, N.J. They blew the roof off the place. And they are such nice and humble people. You can walk up and talk to them, which is something I rarely do.

        Their lead vocalist even gave me hug after I had casually mentioned to her it was my second time to see them! I think I may have blushed a little! 🙂

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      8. I don’t blame ya…I’ve seen her in those videos. that would make me happy.

        One time I would like to be front and center but unless it’s reasonable I’m not doing it.

        I have seen a couple of Beatle tribute bands pretty close now that I’m thinking of it.

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      9. Speaking of Beatles tribute bands, have you ever seen Britain’s Finest?

        They sound and look compellingly close to The Beatles. They also mimic their Liverpool accents and sense of humor. It’s truely the whole package.

        They are from California and mostly perform there but also occasionally venture out accross the country.

        I can highly recommend them. By now, I must have seen 4 or 5 different Beatles tribute bands. For the most part, they were pretty decent but Britain’s Finest were the best so far.

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      10. I’ll keep them in mind. The best one I ever saw was Beatlemania in the 80s. They went through the costume changes…the whole bit.

        I’ve seen a few at amusement parks and last year I had a ticket to RAIN…and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin opening up but it got rained out!

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      11. I saw RAIN once and thought they were pretty good. What particularly impressed me were their costume and stage background changes. The latter included a recreation of the roof concert, which I thought was cool! If I recall it correctly, they also performed the entire meddley from Abbey Road, and it sounded amazing!

        The two Britain’s Finest shows I saw both focused on the touring years, but I believe they also do concerts with later songs and costume changes.

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  4. Beautiful, haunting song. Unlike a lot of Springsteen fans–at least the one’s that I know– I really like the Tunnel of Love album. I like Born in the USA too. But, then again, I’m not a Springsteen purist. Born in the USA and Born to Run are the only Springsteen albums I own.

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    1. I really liked the album. You cannot follow up Born In The USA with another one just like it…well you can’t follow that act at all.
      I like every album he did up to Tunnel Of Love. After that he got spotty…to me anyway.

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  5. Another one to get on vinyl. Brilliant Disguise as well was a great track and especially with Bruce sitting in someone’a kitchen during the video shoot!
    Hey Bruce can you pass the milk over to me? Lol

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    1. I have to be in a mood for Nebraska…
      I think the same about Tunnel of Love as I do of Some Girls… the last Springsteen album I really thought was great.
      Not full of hits but quality songs.

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