LONELY NIGHT IN THE PARK

Studio outtake


Johnny got an angel dancing topless at night down in Toyland
Where the blondies and the supergirls offer a sad look and soft hands
And if you're looking for someone to steal your heart
Someone tough enough to take it
Someone to keep it or to tear it apart
Someone to love you, someone to fake it

Lonely night in the park
Oh lonely night in the park
Oh lonely lonely lonely lonely night
Lonely lonely lonely lonely night in the park

Well there's some dudes at the door giving talk
There's a lady at the bar, that's right
Slip off your stool and you step through the rubble
This is your chance, you're going to take it
If she can dance, you can make it
She takes off her shoes and runs down the beach
Oh she's as soft as the night
You fall and she crawls within your reach
Let her drag you down on the sand
And try to make it all right, ohhh

Lonely night in the park
Lonely night in the park
Lonely lonely lonely lonely night
Lonely lonely lonely lonely night in the park

And the boardwalk is so quiet at three in the morning
The lonely wind breath life into a Ferris wheel
Somehow tonight this street seems so boring
Raped and ravaged, with no secrets to reveal
Ohhh watch yourself now!

Well the bars close down and the lonesome armies they run for cover
The lost boys and their pick ups, man they hate each other
Ah and you're drinking 'neath the pier with Kid Blue
And Kid gets sick and throws up on your shoes
And you're thinking of making it home
Oh but your mom can't see you like this all alone
Yeah you're walking down the street and no one knows your name
Standing on the corner looking for the light to change
Sitting on the picket, light by light, line by line
They got nothing left but time

Lonely night in the park
Lonely night in the park
Lonely night in the park
Lonely lonely night
Hey little stranger, what you doing tonight?

Lonely lonely lonely lonely night
Lonely lonely lonely lonely night
Lonely lonely lonely lonely night
Lonely lonely lonely lonely night
Lonely lonely lonely lonely night
Lonely lonely lonely lonely night
Lonely lonely lonely lonely night
Lonely lonely lonely lonely night


Info

LONELY NIGHT IN THE PARK is a song written by Bruce Springsteen. It's an outtake from the Born To Run recording sessions and has not been officially unreleased.

Recording and Consideration for Release

LONELY NIGHT IN THE PARK was recorded in the Feb-Apr 1975 period at The Record Plant in New York City, NY. According to Mike Appel in Down Thunder Road: The Making Of Bruce Springsteen (a book co-written by Appel), Jon Landau didn't want MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER included on the Born To Run album and suggested to use LINDA LET ME BE THE ONE and/or LONELY NIGHT IN THE PARK in its place. Appel fought for MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER and got his way.

Some of this song's lyrics were taken from the 1974 outtake A NIGHT LIKE THIS. The piano break is nearly identical to Leon Russell's piano break on Badfinger's DAY AFTER DAY, a song from their 1971 album Straight Up.

LONELY NIGHT IN THE PARK was a candidate track for the album, as evidenced on three Springsteen handwritten lists of proposed tracks for his third studio album.

The first list is titled "Album #3" and contains 12 tracks with their recording times, which indicates that the tracks where probably recorded in studio. The list dates from 1974 and was written on a lined notebook page using blue and black ballpoint pens (see below scan). Springsteen wrote "8:00" as the running time for "Lonely Night in the Park", but later changed it to "4:30".

Proposed handwritten song list for Springsteen's third album
Proposed handwritten song list for Springsteen's third album

Two lists titled "New Album #3 (Songs)", one containing 10 tracks and one containing 13, were on display at the From Asbury Park To The Promised Land 2009-2010 exhibition at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, OH. They date from 1974 and were written on the same notebook page, but it's unknown whether the two were composed at the same time or if Springsteen returned to the same page some time later to add the second. The below scan is taken from issue #89 (Summer 2010) of Backstreets magazine in which a typed version of the lists is reproduced. LONELY NIGHT IN THE PARK is on both of these two lists. Springsteen wrote "Lonely Night at the Beach" in the first one and "Lonely Night in the Park" in the other. Apparently "Lonely Night at the Beach" was an early working title for LONELY NIGHT IN THE PARK.

Proposed handwritten song lists for Springsteen's third album, reproduced in Backstreets magazine
Proposed handwritten song lists for Springsteen's third album, reproduced in Backstreets magazine

Circulating Version

The song has long been documented, but after remaining unheard by fans for more than three decades, totally out of the blue, Sirius XM's E Street Radio channel suddenly started playing LONELY NIGHT IN THE PARK in late 2005. Of course, this quickly resulted in an mp3 recording making the rounds. The song, as aired on E Street Radio, has a running time of 4:32, with the last few seconds cut. The above lyrics are transcribed from that version.

Judging from Springsteen's weird vocal style, the overall odd lyrics and a somewhat pointless, repetitive chorus, this particular version should be considered a rough run-through take at best. It is not known if a more finished/complete take has ever been recorded.

Live History

As far as it's known, Bruce Springsteen has never performed LONELY NIGHT IN THE PARK live.

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's LONELY NIGHT IN THE PARK.

Credits / References

Thanks Richard for the correction. Some of the above info is taken from Brucebase.

Request

If you have scans or photos of the lists that were on display at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, OH, or any other Springsteen sheet that mentions this title, or just any additional information about this song, please contact me via the below form or by email: . You will be credited. Thanks in advance.

Available Versions

List of available versions of LONELY NIGHT IN THE PARK on this website:

LONELY NIGHT IN THE PARK [Studio outtake]

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