The Band – Atlantic City – 1994

From “The Road” TV series (1995), shot 8/5/94 in Rockford, IL

The Band:
Levon Helm – vocals, drums
Rick Danko – vocals, bass
Garth Hudson – keyboards, accordion
Jim Weider – guitar
Richard Bell – keyboards, vocals
Randy Ciarlante – drums vocals

The Horn Section:
Joe Mulherin – trumpet
David Woodford – tenor sax
Joe Sublett – tenor sax
Garrett Adkins – trombone
Howard Johnson – tuba, baritone sax

Video (c) 1995 by High Five Entertainment, Tribune Entertainment
Song was written by Bruce Springsteen

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Most know that Bruce wrote Atlantic City, yet Levon and the Band made it their own. My favorite version by far is the Band cover with Levon on lead vocal and Rick Danko on back up/harmony vocal. This is a brilliant song by any measure. Lyrically it stands up with the best of Dylan’s repertoire.

We include a few versions, including two by the Band, and two by Bruce and the E Street Band.

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Atlantic City

Bruce Springsteen

Well they blew up the chicken man in Philly last
Night now they blew up his house too
Down on the boardwalk they’re gettin’ ready
For a fight gonna see what them racket boys can do
Now there’s trouble busin’ in from outta state
And the D.A. can’t get no relief
Gonna be a rumble out on the promenade and
The gamblin’ commission’s hangin’ on by the skin of its teeth
Everything dies baby that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Put your makeup on fix your hair up pretty and
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City
Well I got a job and tried to put my money away
But I got in too deep and I could not pay
So I drew what I had from the Central Trust
And I bought us two tickets on that Coast City bus
Everything dies baby that’s a fact
But maybe…

Source: LyricFind