Bruce Springsteen's "Outlaw Pete" is about to have another life.
The song, from Springsteen's 2009 album "Working on a Dream," is being turned into a "picture book for adults" that's being published November 4 by Simon & Schuster. The spaghetti-Western style song was inspired by "Brave Cowboy Bill," a song Springsteen's mother read to him as a child, and details a ne'er-do-well character who "at six months old done three months in jail.
In an announcement for the project, illustrator Frank Curoso says that, "When Bruce wrote 'Outlaw Pete,' he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character. The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head. Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and for me, even Popeye. Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and waves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters."
The song was the opening track of "Working on a Dream" and was played during most of the concerts on the tour supporting the album, but not since.