SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT

Live 20 Oct 2009 version


[Spoken intro:] All right, we got a couple of friends in the room tonight, we got the folks from Philabundance, Philabundance is Delaware Valley's largest hunger relief organization, last year they distributed 17 million pounds of food to struggling area residents, you may see them in the halls tonight, you pick up the newspapers, you see unemployment rising, you see so many people truly falling on hard, hard times, very often grassroots organizations like Philabundance makes a great, great difference in their lives when their chips are down and, uh, it's a time we could use a little neighborliness out there, so Philabundance, if you see them on your way out... And our other friend in the hall tonight is the original drummer with the E Street Band, Mad Dog Vincent Lopez is in the house! That's right, behave yourselves or he'll come out and slap your asses around. (laughs) Ah. My great friend Vini, we're so happy to have him here with us tonight, he's been working with a group called, he's doing some Steel Mill music out there, which you can find at steelmillretro.com. But tonight, we're gonna do it old school!

[P]One, two, three, four

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
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, 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 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
That's right!

Well, Wild Billy was a crazy cat, and he shook some dust out of 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"
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
Come on, girls!

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

Oh!

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

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

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 song
Janey said, "Hey little brother, don't you think it's time that we go?"
We (closed our eyes and said goodbye)
We closed (our eyes and said goodbye)
We closed (our eyes and said goodbye)
To gypsy angel row, 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
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
Yeah, baby, that's right
Like a spirit in the
In the night
Like a spirit in the night
Hey!

[Spoken outro:] Mad Dog Vini Lopez! The Mad Dog, still doing it in style! What do you got?


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 20 Oct 2009 performance of SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT at Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA, during the Working On A Dream Tour. The song was played in its traditional full-band arrangement and featured Vini Lopez on drums. The parts in bold are sung by the crowd.

Pass for the 20 Oct 2009 show at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
Pass for the 20 Oct 2009 show at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
(Taken from Brucebase)
Handwritten setlist for the 20 Oct 2009 show at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
Handwritten setlist for the 20 Oct 2009 show at Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

Credits

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

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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