That Fatal Mailing List #104: "The World and His Wife" (1983)
Your bonus paragraph reminds me in reverse of a song released the next year that an artist started performing acoustically to make the subtext (really the lyrical text-text) become text because American audiences (and presidents) couldn’t or wouldn’t understand it.
Thanks for that bonus. I have Punch the Clock on used vinyl but was not familiar with the alternate version of The World and His Wife.
(Editing to clarify that I’m aware it started from the Nebraska sessions but I’m not sure how well known that arrangement was until Bruce performed it acoustically against Reagan and then released on Tracks on the 90s)
Always thought TWaHW was underrated... Even trying to overlook the disorientation of familiar lyrics set to an unfamiliar melody, I still think the album version walks all over that early version, melodically and otherwise.