Darlington County (song)

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"Darlington County"
Song by Bruce Springsteen
from the album Born in the U.S.A.
ReleasedJune 4, 1984
RecordedApril – May 1982
StudioThe Power Station in New York
Songwriter(s)Bruce Springsteen
Born in the U.S.A. track listing

"Darlington County" is a 1984 song written and performed by Bruce Springsteen. It was released on the album Born in the U.S.A. and has remained a popular concert song for Springsteen and the E Street Band.


The lyrics concern the protagonist and his buddy driving to Darlington County "looking for work on the county line", meeting girls along the way. The actual Darlington County is in South Carolina.


The version of the song that was released on the album was recorded in April or May 1982 at the Power Station in one of the early Born in the U.S.A. recording sessions.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

Jeff Stevens and the Bullets took a cover version to #69 on the Hot Country Songs charts in 1987.

Live performance history[edit]

"Darlington County" was played in every leg of the Born in the U.S.A. Tour. The song did not emerge again until four days after the breakup with the Other Band. During the 1999 Reunion Tour, the song was performed frequently. It has remained popular in concert, and is often paired with "Working on the Highway" in performance. When performing the song live, Springsteen frequently plays the first few bars of the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" before the first verse.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Born In The USA - Studio Sessions". BruceBase. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Setlists: 2000". Backstreets.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Wosahla, Steve (January 30, 2016). "Bruce Springsteen Opens His Storybook--And Ours". No Depression. Retrieved February 16, 2018.

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