Soul singer Sam Moore sang on this with Springsteen. Moore was half of the duo Sam & Dave, who had a hit with "Soul Man." Moore was never paid much for his music, and in his later years had to tour just to pay his medical bills. In 2002 he got some redemption when he and some other musicians got a settlement from their union because their record companies failed to report royalties and make proper payments to their pension fund.
E Street Band pianist Roy Bittan wrote the music, with Springsteen filling in the lyrics.
Springsteen had fired the E Street Band, but did use Bittan, keyboard player David Sancious, and backup singer/wife Patti Scialfa on some of the songs on Human Touch and Lucky Town.
Anna from Dublin, IrelandBruce did an acoustic version of this song during his Devils & Dust tour at the Point Theatre in Dublin, 24 May 2005 - he said that the song kinda got away from him on the record, but that it is great song, and he is right. One of my favourite's after I heard the acoustic version.