Ramrod (Bruce Springsteen song)

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Song by Bruce Springsteen
from the album The River
ReleasedOctober 1980
RecordedJune or July 1979 at The Power Station in New York
LabelColumbia Records
Songwriter(s)Bruce Springsteen
Producer(s)Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt

"Ramrod" is a song written and performed by Bruce Springsteen for his fifth album, The River, released in 1980. It was recorded at The Power Station in New York in June or July 1979.[1] The song was written earlier and initially recorded for Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town album, but that recording was not used for its release on The River.[2]

Although "Ramrod" was never released as the A-side of a single, it reached #30 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1981.[3] It has remained a popular song in concerts by Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band, with about 410 performances through 2008, and appearing on both the CD and DVD versions of Live in New York City.

In the Netherlands, "Ramrod" was released as the B-side of the "Point Blank" single in 1981.[4] In other countries it was released as the B-side of "The River".[5]


  1. ^ On The Tracks: The River
  2. ^ Marsh, Dave (1981). Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story. p. 275. ISBN 0-440-10694-X.
  3. ^ "Bruce Springsteen Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  4. ^ "Dutch Charts". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  5. ^ "Bruce Springsteen: The River". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-11-06.

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