CITY OF NIGHT

Official studio version

Taxi Cab, Taxi Cab, at the light
Won't you take me on a ride through this city of night
I got some money and I'm feeling fine
I ain't in no hurry so just take your time
Some people wanna die young and gloriously
But Taxi Cab driver, well that ain't me
I got a cute little baby down at 12th and Vine
And she opens for business just about closing time
Ah hey hey, ah hey hey
City of night, city of night

And I don't believe what I see in this street
I don't know how people they can take the heat
Well baby I'm a liar, I'm a cheat, and I don't care
I got my money, I can take my fare
Ah hey hey, ah hey hey
City of night, city of night

I'm riding tonight to see my sugar girl
You know she wears that dress without a care in the world
Yeah she got some loving that's as bright as the sun
And she brings it with her man when she comes
Hey, hey, city of night
Ah-hey, ah-hey, city of night
Ride on


Page last updated: 07 Jan 2011

Intro

CITY OF NIGHT is a Bruce Springsteen song that was released in November 2010 on The Promise, an album of previously-unreleased songs from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions. It was first released on 09 Nov 2010 on Amazon.com as a free digital single for U.S. customers only.

The above lyrics are for that officially released studio version of CITY OF NIGHT. The song shares a line ("Some people wanna die young and gloriously") with the Tunnel Of Love track ALL THAT HEAVEN WILL ALLOW.

The Promise

The Promise is a Bruce Springsteen album that was released on 16 Nov 2010 as part of The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, and separately as a 2-CD set. The album was also issued on a limited edition 3-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

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The Promise is a collection of 22 previously-unreleased songs from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions. Depending on their level of completion back in 1977-1978, some were only remastered, some were overdubbed with 2010 vocals or music, and some were completely re-recorded in 2010. The album is mixed by Bob Clearmountain.

The Promise track listing, disc 1 (2-CD format):

  1. RACING IN THE STREET ('78)
  2. GOTTA GET THAT FEELING
  3. OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
  4. SOMEDAY (WE'LL BE TOGETHER)
  5. ONE WAY STREET
  6. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  7. WRONG SIDE OF THE STREET
  8. THE BROKENHEARTED
  9. RENDEZVOUS
  10. CANDY'S BOY

The Promise track listing, disc 2 (2-CD format):

  1. SAVE MY LOVE
  2. AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU
  3. FIRE
  4. SPANISH EYES
  5. IT'S A SHAME
  6. COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT)
  7. TALK TO ME
  8. THE LITTLE THINGS (MY BABY DOES)
  9. BREAKAWAY
  10. THE PROMISE
  11. CITY OF NIGHT - THE WAY

Notes:

Circulating Studio Versions

Prior to the release of The Promise in 2010, one studio take of CITY OF NIGHT had been circulating on bootlegs. It was recoded in October or November 1977 at The Record Plant in New York City, NY. See the unofficial studio version for more details. Bootleggers have used the titles TAXI CAB and CITY AT NIGHT for this song. According to Brucebase, "Bruce's working title was 'Taxi Driver'".

Live History

CITY OF NIGHT was sound-checked prior to the 26 Nov 2012 show in Vancouver, Canada, (as far as it's known) but it was not performed on any of the Wrecking Ball Tour's regular shows.

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's CITY OF NIGHT.

Available Versions

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