Live 14 Mar 1977 version
Well I'm riding down Kingsley figuring I'll get a drink
I turn the radio way up loud so I don't have to think
And I take her to the floor looking for a moment when the world seems right
And I tear into the guts, hmmm, of something in the night
Well I was born with nothing, and your better off that way
As soon as you got something, they send someone to try and take it away
You can ride this road 'til dawn, without another human being in sight
Hey baby everybody's gone, woahhh, chasing something in the night
Well nothing is forgotten or forgiven when it's your last time around, whoa!
And I got stuff running 'round my head that I just can't live down
Well we found the things we loved, but they were crushed and dying in the dirt
We tried to pick up the pieces, and get away without getting hurt
But they stopped us at the state line, burned our cars in one last fight
And sent us running burned and blind, woahhh, chasing something in the night
The above lyrics are for the live 14 Mar 1978 performance of SOMETHING IN THE NIGHT at Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, during what is known as The Lawsuit Tour. This version was used between 10 Mar 1977 and 14 Mar 1977, and features the lyrics that would later appear on the album version.
Despite the marvelous reception received by both Born To Run and the tour which followed, the relationship between Bruce Springsteen and his now former manager and producer Mike Appel was deteriorating. In July 1976 the storm broke; Mike Appel wrote to Springsteen saying that he would not allow Jon Landau (Springsteen's friend and co-producer of Born To Run) to produce the next album, citing a particular paragraph from their original agreement. Springsteen replied on 27 Jul 1976 by firing manager Mike Appel and suing him and his management company Laurel Canyon Ltd. in Federal Court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, breach of trust, and undue influence. Appel counter-sued on 29 Jul 1976 in New York State Supreme Court, asking the court to prohibit Springsteen and Jon Landau from working together in studio. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were slated to enter the studio that year for the recording of a new album, except that on 15 Sep 1976 the judge in the lawsuits case ruled that Springsteen was enjoined from any further recording with Columbia Records until Appel's suit was resolved. This would drag for about a year. Meanwhile, Springsteen continued gigging, and in the process broke his self-imposed rule of not playing the larger arenas. This was basically because he was not able to put a record out, and it was the only way his fans would be able to hear him at all. The tour became known as "The Lawsuit Tour" (62 know dates, August 1976 to March 1977).
Thanks kentboss for the lyrics help.
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