BECAUSE THE NIGHT

Live 15 Dec 1978 version


[Piano intro]

Take me now baby here as I am
Hold me close, try and understand
I worked all day out in the hot sun
Break my back till the evening comes

Come on now try and understand
The way I feel when I'm in your hands
Take me now as the sun descends
They can't hurt us now
They can't hurt us now
They can't hurt us now

Because the nights belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers

What I got I have earned
What I'm not baby I have learned
Love is an angel that comes at dusk
I stay in my bed till the evening comes

Come on now try and understand
I worked all day pushing for the man
Take me now as the sun descends
They can't hurt us now
They can't hurt us now
They can't hurt us now

Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers

Your love it seeds with doubt
The vicious circle turns and burns without
You know I cannot live, forgive me now
The time has come to take the moment and
They can't hurt us now
They can't hurt us now

Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers

[Guitar solo]

Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lovers


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 15 Dec 1978 performance of BECAUSE THE NIGHT at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour.

The 15 Dec 1978 Show

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed two concerts at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour, on 15 and 16 Dec 1978. The 15 Dec 1978 concert was broadcast live on local radio station KSAN-FM.

Promotional poster for the 15 and 16 Dec 1978 shows at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Promotional poster for the 15 and 16 Dec 1978 shows at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Ticket stub for the 15 Dec 1978 show at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Ticket stub for the 15 Dec 1978 show at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
(Taken from Brucebase)

  1. BADLANDS
  2. STREETS OF FIRE
  3. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  4. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  5. FACTORY
  6. THE PROMISED LAND
  7. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  8. RACING IN THE STREET
  9. THUNDER ROAD
  10. JUNGLELAND
  11. THE TIES THAT BIND
  12. SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN
  13. THE FEVER
  14. FIRE
  15. CANDY'S ROOM
  16. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  17. POINT BLANK
  18. SHE'S THE ONE
  19. BACKSTREETS
  20. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  21. BORN TO RUN
  22. DETROIT MEDLEY
  23. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  24. RAISE YOUR HAND
  25. QUARTER TO THREE
  26. TWIST AND SHOUT

Notes: TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT, RAISE YOUR HAND, and QUARTER TO THREE were not part of the radio broadcast, but they are on the soundboard tapes that circulate among fans. TWIST AND SHOUT remains unconfirmed – a fan who was present recalls with a certain degree of certainty that when the show was over and the stage was cleared, Springsteen and the band returned some minutes later to perform one more song for of those who remained.

The 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom was commercially released in the UK. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in the UK have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in the UK.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978

3xCD - Leftfield Media (LFM3CD532) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978

3xCD - Echoes (ECHO3CD2001) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978
Bruce Springsteen -- Winterland 15th December 1978

4xLP - Echoes (ECHO4LP2001) - UK, 2014

This release contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume One
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume One

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV257LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 1 of three of the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Two
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Two

2xLP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV258LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 2 of three of the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Three
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978 Volume Three

LP - Let Them Eat Vinyl (LETV259LP) - UK, 2015

This release contains part 3 of three of the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Winterland Night 1978

Digital album - Lilith Records (no catalog number) - UK, 2016

This is a download-only digital album. It contains the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Complete 1978 Radio Broadcasts

15xCD - Sound Stage (SSCDBOX10) - UK, 2015

This release contains the 09 Aug 1978 broadcast from The Agora, the 07 Jul 1978 broadcast from The Roxy Theatre, the 19 Sep 1978 broadcast from Capitol Theatre, the 30 Sep 1978 broadcast from Fox Theatre, and the 15 Dec 1978 broadcast from Winterland Ballroom.

References

Some of the above info about the 15 Dec 1978 show is taken from Brucebase.

Available Versions

List of available versions of BECAUSE THE NIGHT on this website:

BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Official studio version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Unofficial studio version 1]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Unofficial studio version 2]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 30 May 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 01 Jul 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 05 Jul 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 08 Jul 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 09 Jul 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 12 Jul 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 14 Jul 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 15 Jul 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 16 Jul 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 18 Jul 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 09 Aug 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 19 Sep 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 30 Sep 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 08 Dec 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 15 Dec 1978 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 03 Oct 1980 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 28 Dec 1980 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 05 Jun 1981 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 17 Jul 1984 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 12 Jun 1985 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 27 Sep 1985 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 11 Jun 1988 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 12 Apr 2014 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 17 Jan 2016 version]
BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Patti Smith Group's cover version]

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