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Prove It All Night

"Prove It All Night"
B-side "Factory"
Released May 23, 1978 (1978-05-23)
Format 7" single
Recorded September–October 1977
Genre Rock
Length 3:54
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Bruce Springsteen
Producer Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen singles chronology

"Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"
(1976)
"Prove It All Night"
(1978)
"Badlands"
(1978)

Darkness on the Edge of Town track listing
"Streets of Fire"
(8)
"Prove It All Night"
(9)
"Darkness on the Edge of Town"
(10)

"Prove It All Night" is the penultimate song on Bruce Springsteen's fourth studio album Darkness on the Edge of Town, and the first single released from it.

The single gained little traction with Top 40 radio stations, reaching only #33 on the Billboard Hot 100; however it gained considerable play on progressive rock and album-oriented rock radio formats.

Content

In keeping with a storied tradition of rock songs, these lyrics equate love with the surrendering of a women's virtue. The protagonist promises to prove his love all night, a vow that can be seen as either opportunistic or youthfully optimistic, depending on one's point of view. Thus it can be experienced as either humorous or sincere. Lyrically the song is similar to other Springsteen numbers such as "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" and "Thunder Road".[1] The entire song contains a sense of optimism that the two individuals' quest for love will someday be realized but, at the same time, it seems that the world is closing in on them in that the characters' chances of falling in love are growing more limited as time passes. The song begins with a piano intro played by Roy Bittan. The rhythm guitar work is quite faint, but fits the groove and feel of the song. Following the second stanza is a sax solo which precedes a somewhat intricate-sounding guitar solo by Springsteen. The solo, played quite fast, effectively voices the protagonist's mounting desire to elope.

Live performance

"Prove It All Night" has been a semi-regular selection in Springsteen and E Street Band concerts since its release. To Springsteen fans, by far the most famous arrangement of it occurred during their 1978 Tour, when it was reshaped into an eleven-minute epic with a long, howling guitar-over-piano introduction and a frenetic organ-and-guitar-over-drums outro. Excerpts of one such performance from a July 1, 1978 Berkeley Community Theatre show were heard during a syndicated radio interview with New York disc jockey Dave Herman on the King Biscuit Flower Hour, and this version would become a fan favorite still referred back to decades later; one of the criticisms of Springsteen's 1986 Live/1975-85 box set was that it omitted the 1978 version "Prove It All Night". A live version of the song did finally appear on Springsteen's 2001 release Live in New York City documenting the Reunion Tour,[1] as did a Rising Tour performance on the 2003 Live in Barcelona DVD, but both were in a shorter, more conventional treatment. In a concert in Barcelona during the Wrecking Ball Tour Springsteen surprised the audience by playing the song again in the 1978 version. He would also play it in Manchester during the Wrecking Ball Tour to a rapturous response from the crowd. It was then played again, for the first time in the USA since 1980 with the 197878 Intro, by request at Fenway Park in Boston on August 15, 2012.

Acclaim

The song was ranked as the #6 single of 1978 by Dave Marsh and Kevin Stein[2] and as one of the 7500 most important songs from 1944 through 2000 by Bruce Pollock.

References

External links

  • Lyrics
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