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Old 11-01-2004, 09:33 AM   #1
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Song of the Day, November 1- Early Bruce Masterpiece

This is probably my favorite, most groovinest Bruce Springsteen song. While Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ is a damn near flawless album, it does have its highlights; For You, Lost in the Flood, Saint in the City, Blinded by the Light. But I think Spirit in the Night is head and shoulders above the rest. This is Bruce Springsteen the storyteller at his very best; it's a wild, fun, and sexy trip with some memorable characters, with perhaps the most cohesive instrumentals on the album. And it's imagery is sooo rich. I adore this song, I hope you do, too. And the live versions are fing amazing. Listen to Live 1975-1985 or watch the solo version on the Barcelona DVD, even if Bruce gets a bit...er...lost in the last verse.

"Spirit in the Night"
Bruce Springsteen

Crazy Janey and her mission man were back in the alley tradin' hands
`long came Wild Billy with his friend G-man all duded up for Saturday night
Well Billy slammed on his coaster brakes and said anybody wanna go on up to Greasy Lake
It's about a mile down on the dark side of route eighty-eight
I got a bottle of rose so let's try it
We'll pick up Hazy Davy and Killer Joe and I'll take you all out to where the gypsy angels go
They're built like light
and they dance like spirits in the night (all night) in the night (all night)
Oh, you don't know what they can do to you
Spirits in the night (all night), in the night (all night)
Stand right up now and let it shoot through you

Well now Wild young Billy was a crazy cat and he shook some dust out of his coonskin cap.
He said, "Trust some of this it'll show you where you're at, or at least it'll help you really feel it"
By the time we made it up to Greasy Lake I had my head out the window and Janey's fingers were in the cake
I think I really dug her `cause I was too loose to fake
I said, "I'm hurt." She said, "Honey let me heal it".
And we danced all night to a soul fairy band
and she kissed me just right like only a lonely angel can
She felt so nice, just as soft as a spirit in the night (all night)
In the night (all night). Janey don't know what she do to you
Like a spirit in the night (all night), in the night (all night)
Stand right up and let her shoot through me.

Now the night was bright and the stars threw light on Billy and Davy
dancin' in the moonlight
They were down near the water in a stone mud fight
Killer Joe gone passed out on the lawn
Well now Hazy Davy got really hurt, he ran into the lake in just his socks and a shirt
Me and Crazy Janey was makin' love in the dirt singin' our birthday songs
Janey said it was time to go
So we closed our eyes and said goodbye to gypsy angel row, felt so right
Together we moved like spirits in the night, all night
Baby don't know what they can do to you
Spirits in the night, all night
Stand right up and let it shoot right through you
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tis my favorite bruce song
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Old 11-01-2004, 09:58 AM   #3
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Spirit is good, but LITF is powerful.
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This is not to debate the best tracks on GFAP. I don't think the two songs really stand to comparision, though. Spirit is simply a fun song. But LITF is an amazing song, it needs to be played more often, would have suited The Rising tour just fine
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This is indeed one funky beast.
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I like it!
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Anybody happen to catch Bruce last night on C-SPAN live from Cleveland? He played 3 acoustic tunes

Promise Land
Thunder Road
No Surrender

We will see tonight if his hard work over the past month or so pays off.
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