SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT

Live 16 Oct 2008 version


[Spoken intro:]
[Bruce Springsteen:] All right.
[Billy Joel:] We did one of mine, so we're gonna do the Boss now.
[Bruce Springsteen:] We're gonna do this now... Haven't done this one in a little while.
[Billy Joel:] You're going to have to guide me on this one, all right?
[Bruce Springsteen:] All right.
[Billy Joel:] I don't know the structure on this one.
[Bruce Springsteen:] Ah, C, A minor, C... Ah, he don't really know this one. And, uh, I was a little disappointed when I found that out, but, uh... Can we get a couple of, uh, microphones out here so, we're, we're gonna pull poor John Legend and India Arie into this one, too. Yeah, we need another mic. Oh, she's got a mic. John! Oh, he ran. He's around somewhere. All right. John Legend! Needs another mic.
[John Legend:] Let's go.
[Bruce Springsteen:] Let's go, oh, yeah. All right, all right. You want to start it?
[Billy Joel:] I guess so!
[Bruce Springsteen:] Okay.
[Billy Joel:] It's simple!
[Bruce Springsteen:] Oh, yeah.
[Billy Joel:] That one.
[Bruce Springsteen:] Yeah.
[Billy Joel:] Which one?
[Bruce Springsteen:] That's this.
[Billy Joel:] All right.


(Yeah, yeah)
(Yeah, yeah)

[Bruce Springsteen:]
Let me sing it, first.

Here we go, come on, first verse.

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 Saturday night
Billy slammed on his coaster brakes – E minor!
Anybody wanna go on up to Greasy Lake?
C!
'Bout a mile down on the dark side of route eighty-eight
I got a bottle of rose – A minor - let's try it
C!
We'll pick up Hazy Davy and Killer Joe, we'll take you all out to where the gypsy angels go
Built like light
Ooh, and they dance like spirits in the night (all night)
All night (all night)
Baby don't know what they do to you
Like a spirit in the night (all night)
All night (all night)
Stand up and let it shoot right through you

Well, now, Wild Billy was a crazy cat, and he shook some dust out of his coonskin cap
He cried, "Trust some of this, it'll show you where it's 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 and 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"
C!
We danced all night to a soul fairy band
She kissed me just right like only a lonely angel can
Felt just right, together 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

Somebody!
All right!
(Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)

Let's go!
Play that thing!

(Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)

Here we go!

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 gone passed out on the lawn

Well, now, Hazy Davy got really hurt, he ran into the lake in just his socks and a shirt
Me and Crazy Janey were makin' love in the dirt, singin' our birthday songs
A minor...
Janey said, "Hey little brother, don't you think it's time that we go?"
We closed our eyes and said goodbye
To gypsy angel row, felt so right
Together 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)
All night
One, two, three, four!
Spirit in the night
Like a spirit in the night
Like a spirit in the night

Spirit in the night
Like a spirit in the night
Like a spirit in...

Ooh!
Yeah, yeah!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 16 Oct 2008 performance of SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, NY, during the Change Rocks benefit concert. The song was played in a full-band arrangement with Bruce Springsteen on lead vocals and Billy Joel, India Arie, and John Legend on backing vocals, and backed by Billy Joel and his band, Patti Scialfa, and Roy Bittan.

Ticket stub for the 16 Oct 2008 show at Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, NY
Ticket stub for the 16 Oct 2008 show at Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, NY
(Taken from Brucebase)

The show was in support of Barack Obama's presidential campaign and was co-headlined by Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.

Credits

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

Request

The sound on this recording is pretty bad, so some of the spoken parts (and chord changes) are guessed. If you have a good recording, or any additions, comments, or corrections to this page, please contact me via the below form or by email: . You will be credited. Thanks in advance.

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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