SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT

Live 15 Dec 1978 version


Crazy Janey and her mission man were back in the alley tradin' hands
'Long came Wild Billy with his friend G-Man, duded up for Friday night
Billy slammed on his coaster brakes
Anybody wanna go on up to Greasy Lake?
'Bout a mile down on the dark side of route eighty-eight
I got a bottle of rose, let's try it
We'll pick up Hazy Davy and Killer Joe, I'll take you all out to gypsy angel row
Built like light
Ooh, and they dance like spirits in the night (all night)
All night (all night)
Baby don't know what it do to you
Like a spirit in the night (all night)
All night (all night)
Stand up and let it shoot right through you

Now listen to this!
Wild Billy was a crazy cat, and he shook some dust from his coonskin cap
Cried, "Trust some of this, it'll show you where you're at, 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; Janey's fingers in the cake
I think I really dug her; I was too loose to fake
Said, "I'm hurt," she said, "Honey, let me heal it"
Christmas present!
We danced all night to a soul fairy band
She kissed me just right like only a lonely angel can
Felt just right, just as sweet as a spirit in the night (all night)
All night (all night)
Baby don't know what it do to you
Like a spirit in the night (all night)
All night (all night)
Stand up and let it shoot right through you
Big Man!
Dancing time!
St-strum! Strum! Strum! Strum! Strum! Strum!

Strum, man, strum!
Say!

The night grew bright, the stars threw light on Billy and Davy
Dancin' in the moonlight
We were down near the water in a stone mud fight
Killer Joe passed out on the lawn

Well, Hazy Davy got really hurt, he crawled into the lake in just his socks and a shirt
Me and Crazy Janey were makin' love in the dirt, singin' our birthday song
Then Janey said, "Hey, little brother, don't you think it's time that we go?"
We closed our eyes and said goodbye
Goodbye?
To gypsy angel row, felt just right
Bam!
We moved like spirits in the night (all night)
All night (all night)
Baby don't know what it do to you
Like a spirit in the night (all night)
All night (all night)
Stand up and let it shoot right through you
Like a spirit in the night (all night)
All night (all night)
All night (all night)
All night (all night)
All night (all night)
All night (all night)
Well, now, baby, that's right
Like a spirit in the night
Like a spirit in the night
Like a spirit in the night

[Spoken outro:] All right! That's disgusting.

Everybody comfortable? You guys are too much!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 15 Dec 1978 performance of SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. The song was played in its traditional full-band arrangement.

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.

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

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

Available Versions

List of available versions of SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT on this website:

SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Album version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 31 Jan 1973 (early show) version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 02 Mar 1973 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 24 Apr 1973 (early show) version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 01 May 1973 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 06 Jan 1974 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 05 Feb 1975 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 15 Aug 1975 (early show) version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 13 May 1976 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 13 Feb 1977 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 08 Dec 1978 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 15 Dec 1978 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 31 Oct 1992 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 06 Nov 1992 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 21 Feb 1995 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 25 Nov 1996 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 26 Nov 1996 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 14 Nov 1999 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 08 Apr 2000 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 08 May 2000 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 16 Oct 2002 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 21 Jul 2003 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 31 Aug 2003 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 19 Dec 2004 (late show) version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 22 Jun 2005 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 12 Dec 2006 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 20 Mar 2008 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 23 Aug 2008 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 16 Oct 2008 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 25 Aug 2009 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 20 Oct 2009 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 22 Nov 2009 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Live 26 Jan 2014 version]
SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT [Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover version]

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