PROVE IT ALL NIGHT

Live 01 Jul 1978 version


I've been working real hard to get my hands clean
We'll drive that dusty road from Monroe to Angeline
To buy you a gold ring and a pretty dress of blue
Baby just one kiss will get these things for you
A kiss to seal our fate tonight, a kiss to

Prove it all night, prove it all night
There's nothing else that we can do
So prove it all night, prove it all night
And girl I'll prove it all night for you

Everybody's got a hunger, hunger they can't resist
There's so much that you want, you deserve much more than this
If dreams came true, ah wouldn't that be nice
But this ain't no dream we're living through tonight
You want it, you take it, you pay the price to

Prove it all night, prove it all night
Prove it all night, girl, and call the bluff
Well prove it all night, prove it all night
And girl I prove it all night for your love

Go!
Aha, aha
Aha

Baby tie your hair back in a long white bow
Meet me in the fields out behind the dynamo
You hear their voices telling you not to go
They made their choices and they'll never know
What it means to steal, to cheat, to lie, what it's like to live and die to

Prove it all night, prove it all night
There's nothing else that we can do
So prove it all night, prove it all night
Girl I'll prove it all night for you
I'll prove it all night, I'll prove it all night
I'll prove it all night, I'll prove it all night
I'll prove it all night, I'll prove it all night
I'll prove it all night, I'll prove it all night

Hoo hoo, hoo hoo
Hoo hoo, hoo hoo
Hoo hoo, hoo hoo
Hoo hoo, hoo hoo
All night long
Whoa whoa all night
I'll prove it all night (all night)
I'll prove it all night (all night)
I'll prove it all night (all night)
I'll prove it all (all night)


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 01 Jul 1978 performance of PROVE IT ALL NIGHT at Community Auditorium in Berkeley, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. The song features an extensive piano/guitar intro. This live 01 Jul 1978 performance of PROVE IT ALL NIGHT was distributed to radio station for promotional use.

Ticket stub for the 01 Jul 1978 show at Community Auditorium, Berkeley, CA
Ticket stub for the 01 Jul 1978 show at Community Auditorium, Berkeley, CA
(Taken from Brucebase)

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT and PARADISE BY THE "C" from the 01 Jul 1978 show in Berkeley, CA, were used as promo cuts for radio play. They debuted on air on 04 Jul 1978 on Los Angeles' KMET-FM when Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, and Dave Marsh turned up together at the station's studios for a lengthy live on-air Springsteen program hosted by DJ Mary Turner.

Columbia Records was planning to release the live 01 Jul 1978 version of PROVE IT ALL NIGHT as a promo-only 12-inch single, with the album version of the song on the B-side. The promo single, which has catalogue number AS480, was never released. The project, which was to capture the excitement of a Springsteen concert and was to be sent to radio stations to garner radio play similar to the SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version] promo, was reportedly cancelled on Springsteen's orders at the last minute.

At least one one-sided 12-inch acetate is known to have been pressed. Labels were designed and 5x5" title stickers were printed. The stickers were supposed to be applied to plain white cardboard LP sleeves housing the discs. The below scans are for a surviving unused/unpeeled sticker and two pages of paperwork. The first sheet is the pressing plant's working sheet detailing everything about the single's production. The second sheet is Columbia Records' mock-up of what the promo labels were going to look like showing the 7:45 minute live version on one side and the album version on the other side.

Title sticker
Title sticker
Pressing plant's working sheet
Pressing plant's working sheet
Mock-up promo labels
Mock-up promo labels

In 1980, D.I.R. Broadcasting produced a radio special consisting of two 3-hour parts titled "Rock On The Road (A Million Miles of Rock 'N' Roll) Part 1: Great English Groups" and "Rock On The Road (A Million Miles of Rock 'N' Roll) Part 2: Great American Bands". Hosted by Scott Muni, the radio special featured unreleased live performances and interviews with a number of artists, including Bruce Springsteen. Each part was distributed to radio stations on a for-radio-play-only five-record set. Springsteen appears on part 2, which includes his live 31 Jan 1973 version of BISHOP DANCED and live 01 Jul 1978 version of PROVE IT ALL NIGHT and an excerpt from his 09 Jul 1978 interview with WNEW-FM's Dave Herman. In a Western Union mailgram printout sent along with the radio show (see scan below), D.I.R. Broadcasting made a request to radio stations not to run side 3 of the 5-LP set at any time; side 3 consists of the aforementioned two Springsteen songs and interview. This explains why these two tracks can be seen crossed out in the radio show's track list and cue sheet (see scans below). It seems that the two Springsteen recordings were banned from being played on air, probably at the request of Springsteen and the Jon Landau management in order to prevent bootlegging. Note that Springsteen and Columbia Records were fighting in court against some major bootleggers around that time. Part 2 of the radio special was assigned for broadcast on 07, 08, or 09 Nov 1980, depending on the choice of the radio stations. Interestingly, the mailgram was dated 08 Nov 1980.

Rock On The Road (A Million Miles of Rock 'N' Roll) Part 2: Great American Bands (promo sheet)
Rock On The Road (A Million Miles of Rock 'N' Roll) Part 2: Great American Bands (promo sheet)
Rock On The Road (A Million Miles of Rock 'N' Roll) Part 2: Great American Bands (track list)
Rock On The Road (A Million Miles of Rock 'N' Roll) Part 2: Great American Bands (track list)
Rock On The Road (A Million Miles of Rock 'N' Roll) Part 2: Great American Bands (cue sheet, page 1 of 2)
Rock On The Road (A Million Miles of Rock 'N' Roll) Part 2: Great American Bands (cue sheet, page 1 of 2)
Rock On The Road (A Million Miles of Rock 'N' Roll) Part 2: Great American Bands (side 3 label)
Rock On The Road (A Million Miles of Rock 'N' Roll) Part 2: Great American Bands (side 3 label)
Rock On The Road (A Million Miles of Rock 'N' Roll) Part 2: Great American Bands (letter)
Rock On The Road (A Million Miles of Rock 'N' Roll) Part 2: Great American Bands (letter)



Credits

Thanks Atsushi Sakamoto (ahkkao at Greasy Lake) for some of the Rock On The Road radio show scans.

Available Versions

List of available versions of PROVE IT ALL NIGHT on this website:

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT [Album version]
PROVE IT ALL NIGHT [Live 01 Jul 1978 version]

Page last updated: 16 Sep 2016