The Night's Too Long

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"The Night's Too Long"
Single by Patty Loveless
from the album On Down the Line
A-side The Night's Too Long
B-side Overtime
Released September 23, 1990
Format 7-inch vinyl single
Recorded 1990
Genre Country
Length 3:10
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Lucinda Williams
Producer(s) Tony Brown
Patty Loveless singles chronology
"On Down The Line"
"The Night's Too Long"
"I'm That Kind of Girl"
Music video
"The Night's Too Long"

"The Night's Too Long" is a song written by Lucinda Williams, and recorded by American country music artist Patty Loveless. It was released in September 1990 as the second single from her album On Down the Line.


Loveless and record producer Tony Brown had been listening to demo tapes for potential material for her upcoming album, when they began listening to "The Night's Too Long", written by Lucinda Williams. After listening to Williams perform the song that evening at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, they decided to record the song.

The song is a "making-it" song, where a restless young woman decides to move from her small town to the big city, where she can take in the nightlife and meet the man of her dreams. The first part of the song has her sacrificing to set up her move, which takes place in the second half of the song. Her new office job (in the song's third verse) takes a back seat to her going out to the bars, where she dances and eventually consummates a relationship with the man she had been looking for.

"The Night's Too Long", a story song, was somewhat of a departure for Loveless, as she had primarily recorded either ballads or up-tempo pop-country.

The song charted for 19 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart, reaching number 20 during the week of December 8, 1990.[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 6
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 20


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 206. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1415." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 19, 1991. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "Patty Loveless Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Patty Loveless.