Night (Bruce Springsteen song)

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For the classical song, see Night (Mussorgsky song).
Song by Bruce Springsteen from the album Born to Run
Released August 25, 1975
Recorded 1975 at The Record Plant in New York, New York[1]
Genre Rock
Length 3:00
Label Columbia Records
Producer(s) Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau
Born to Run track listing

"Night" is a song by Bruce Springsteen which first appeared on the Born to Run album in 1975. Although this is one of the lesser known songs from Born to Run, "Night" has become somewhat of a stage favorite for the E Street Band. The song was not immediately played during the 1975 portions of the Born to Run Tour, but later became a frequent set-opener, especially during the 1976 and 1977 legs. It was still sometimes being used as an opening song decades later during the 2007–2008 Magic Tour.

The mood of the music is mostly exciting as are the lyrics which have a romantic quality as well. The music is propelled by Gary Tallent's bass.[2] It is similar to the album's famous title track in that both songs deal with men and their fast cars.[3] The lyrics mostly describe the central character as a blue collar worker who, after working a full day, runs off into the night to go drag racing and search for the love of a woman.[3] For the protagonist, the only freedom and joy comes when he is on the highway, and he lives for the nights and weekends when he can escape work.[4] Like a couple of other songs on Born to Run, "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and "She's the One", the story of the relationship is told in a flashback.[5] The desperation and darkness of the lyrics makes a strong contrast with some of the other songs on the Born to Run album, which glorify night life.[2] Although "Night" and "Born to Run" show Springsteen beginning to deal seriously with blue collar protagonists, he would develop the theme further on his next album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, in which he would portray additional facets of blue collar working life on songs such as "Badlands", "Adam Raised a Cain", "The Promised Land", "Prove It All Night" and, especially, "Factory".[4][6] This central theme would later be explored on The River, especially in the song "Out in the Street", and became a focus of Springsteen's post-Darkness on the Edge of Town songwriting dealing with working class characters leading dead-end lives. In 1979, it was released as the B-side of the "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" single in Europe.[7]


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  1. ^ "Brucebase, On the Tracks: Born to Run". Retrieved 2007-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b "No Retreat, No Surrender: The Ultimate Springsteen Countdown". JamsBio magazine. Mouth Watering Media, LLC. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  3. ^ a b Kirkpatrick, R. (2007). The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen. p. 43. ISBN 0-275-98938-0. 
  4. ^ a b Humphries, P. (1996). Bruce Springsteen. p. 21. ISBN 0-7119-5304-X. 
  5. ^ Marsh, D. (1979). Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story. p. 159. ISBN 0-440-10694-X. 
  6. ^ Kirkpatrick, R. (2007). The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen. pp. 52, 59. ISBN 0-275-98938-0. 
  7. ^ "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-07-18.