"Open All Night" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
Well, I had the carburetor, baby, cleaned and checked
With her line blown out she's hummin' like a turbojet
Propped her up in the backyard on concrete blocks
For a new clutch plate and a new set of shocks
Took her down to the carwash, check the plugs and points
Well, I'm goin' out tonight, I'm gonna rock that joint

Early north Jersey industrial skyline
I'm a all-set cobra jet creepin' through the nighttime
Gotta find a gas station, gotta find a pay phone
This turnpike sure is spooky at night when you're all alone
Gotta hit the gas, baby, I'm running late
This New Jersey in the mornin' like a lunar landscape

Now the boss don't dig me, so he put me on the night shift
It takes me two hours to get back to where my baby lives
In the wee wee hours your mind gets hazy
Radio relays towers, won't you lead me to my baby
Underneath the overpass, trooper hits his party light switch
Good night, good luck, one, two power shift

I met Wanda when she was employed
Behind the counter at Route 60 Bob's Big Boy
Fried chicken on the front seat, she's sitting in my lap
We're wiping our fingers on a Texaco road map
I remember Wanda up on scrap metal hill
With them big brown eyes that make your heart stand still

Hoo hoo, whoa!
Oh now, hey

Well at 5 a.m. oil pressure's sinking fast
I make a pit stop, wipe the windshield, check the gas
Gotta call my baby on the telephone
Let her know that her daddy's coming on home
Sit tight, little mama, I'm a-coming around
I got a three more hours but I'm covering ground

Your eyes get itchy in the wee wee hours
Sun's just a red ball rising over them refinery towers
Radio's jammed up with gospel stations
Lost souls calling long distance salvation
Hey mister deejay won't you hear my last prayer
Hey ho rock 'n roll deliver me from nowhere

Hey da da di da, di da da
Oh hey da da di da, di da da
Oh hey da da di da, di da da
Oh hey da da di da, di da da

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"Open All Night" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentThis is sort of the opposite of all the other downbeat loners in the night Springsteen writes about- it has a sense of giddiness that comes with being sleep-deprived and amped up on something or other and motivated to get away from the cruddy job and back to his baby for the weekend.

    It's almost funny though how dated the song is- carburetors, pay phones and road maps... practically *all* the answers to trivia questions now.
    red norgaardon February 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthey, ho, rock'n'roll, deliver me from nowhere is the best line ever, I get chills just reading it on a computer screen.
    freejoe76on October 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is an odd one on Nebraska and one of the many stand out classics on the album. Out of context its a good ol' dark folk'n'roll drivinbg song, but in context of the album it seems to have much more to it. To me it gives a feeling of a song on the radio while driving down a long road on a dark night, rather than actually hearingit purely as a song from a CD. It seems displaced slightly. Also noteworthy that it is no doubt connected to State Trooper. There are various reasons for this, for a start both are clearly about driving to some goal, most likely both in night time. Another strong connection is the lyrical content. look at these similar lines:

    "Your eyes get itchy in the wee wee hours sun's just a red ball risin' over them refinery towers
    Radio's jammed up with gospel stations lost souls callin' long distance salvation
    Hey, mister deejay, woncha hear my last prayer hey, ho, rock'n'roll, deliver me from nowhere" (OAN)

    "In the wee wee hours your mind gets hazy, radio relay towers lead me to my baby
    Radio's jammed up with talk show stations
    It's just talk, talk, talk, talk, till you lose your patience
    Mister state trooper, please don't stop me

    Hey, somebody out there, listen to my last prayer
    Hiho silver-o, deliver me from nowhere" (ST)

    There are some clear similarities as you may see. However, whereas State Trooper is relatively slow and down-beat, Open All Night seems happy and up-beat witha fast pace. I think the idea was that State Trooper is about a depressed man, driving along to a dark end, maybe across the border avoiding the police, maybe to commit suicide, maybe to some other dark means, whereas in Open All Night the main character is moving towards a happy end, namely his girl friend. Springsteen now doubt planned this as the two "opposites" to driving down a road at night, and the possibilities of the world. Or maybe the characters in State Trooper and Open All Night met at some point, maybe just passing eachother by. I would love to see some more comments on this song to see other people's opinions.
    Thesmellyoneon September 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat I always found so amazing about this song was that he managed to take such a cliche classic blues riff and make it sound so different and eerie than any other song featuring it, it truly is a haunting track, especially highlighted by the "deliver me from nowhere" line, gives me chills.
    guth1004on September 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song! I tell ya, drive down a long long road with this blasting outa the speakers and...well, what can I say!?! Pure class!

    You can hear the gear changes and acceleration in the song as it rips along.
    setanta1on December 30, 2008   Link
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    MemoryDriving north out of Lincoln on Highway 77 going back home to South Dakota at 4 in the morning after visiting my girlfriend.. Driving through all the tiny, quiet prairie towns in the middle of the night trying to get back in time for work the next day.. That's what this album's made for. Just perfect.
    Vikings09on November 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentNebraska is one of those loved and respected albums but that does not mean is one you will listen to frequently, well at least for me that's how it works, I'll only listen to State Trooper when I'm on the road, I remember once I'd got nightmares for Nebraska and State Trooper the very same night!!!

    'Deliver me from nowhere' is one of the best lines ever written in rock music, and of course it'll give you chills, I'm speaking for myself, but this line had already had a true meaning in my life: Bruce´s music had delivered me from nowhere.

    I'm a 'new' Bruce's fan also but I heard someone said time ago that the main characters on OAN actually could be the same ones of Nebraska. In OAN they will be having some fun before or even after they comitted the crimes, just another interpretation, but what I really like about Nebraska is that you can actually link the stories and the characters, magnificent idea from Thesmellyone, to connect both OAN and ST characters on the turnpike!!!
    AvilaMJon February 28, 2013   Link

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