Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Pay Me My Money Down” by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Originally posted September 2012

Not the Seeger Sessions Band, who Bruce fronted for his recording and subsequent tour, but a more recent version backed by The E Street Band from the “Wrecking Ball” tour. One of the many highlights of last night’s show shined a bright light on The E Street Band’s expanded horn section featuring Clarence Clemons’ nephew (and new Springsteen foil) Jake Clemons. While this song was originally a Negro slave song, it was made famous by The Weavers, of whom Pete Seeger was a member. It was later popularized by The Kingston Trio. It is a perfect song for Springsteen to include in his show since it fits in to the message of his latest album, but gives fans a break from some of the heavy handed “Wrecking Ball” tracks on display. Here, the E Streeters introduce a little New Orleans flair to their version.