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Waits wrote this song about his new wife, Kathleen. He was getting over a 2-year relationship with Rickie Lee Jones when she came into his life and "saved him." (thanks, John - Los Angeles, CA)
Bruce Springsteen covered this song in concert on many occasions. He started performing it at a series of shows in 1981 at the new Meadowlands arena in New Jersey. Even though he did not write this, Springsteen feels the character is the same guy from his earlier songs "Sandy" and "Rosalita," who has now grown up and got the Jersey Girl.
Springsteen released this as the B-side of "Cover Me" in 1984. Two years later, he used the same version, taken from a show at The Meadowlands, on his boxed set Live 1975-1985. This is one of the few cover songs Springsteen released. Usually it was other artists performing his songs.
In 1981, Waits joined Springsteen on stage for this at a show in Los Angeles.
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