I'm riding down Kingsley,
figuring I'll get a drink
Turn the radio up loud,
so I don't have to think,
I take her to the floor,
looking for a moment when the world
seems right,
And I tear into the guts,
of something in the night.

You're born with nothing,
and better off that way,
Soon as you've got something they send
someone to try and take it away,
You can ride this road 'till dawn,
without another human being in sight,
Just kids wasted on
something in the night.

Nothing is forgotten or forgiven,
when it's your last time around,
I got stuff running 'round my head
That I just can't live down

When we found the things we loved,
They were crushed and dying in the dirt.
We tried to pick up the pieces,
And get away without getting hurt,
But they caught us at the state line,
And burned our cars in one last fight,
And left us running burned and blind,
Chasing something in the night.

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    General CommentIncredibly powerful song, off an incredibly powerful album. Two parts, in particular, resonate with me.

    The standard line about the Darkness LP is that it was informed by the long, drawn-out lawsuit that Bruce went through after Born To Run, to gain his artistic and financial freedom. However, I have often thought that there is far more to it than that...it's more about a crucial turning point in your life when you've got to make something of yourself or continue down the path to being nobody. BUT...there is this part that would seem to allude to the court fight:
    "You're born with nothing,
    and better off that way,
    Soon as you've got something they send
    someone to try and take it away."

    And the other part that really sticks with me is a line that shows Bruce leaving his own past behind. Earlier songs like "Spirit in the Night" celebrated cruising and getting drunk and being young, but here Bruce just dismisses all that youthful play with the very curt lines:
    "Just kids wasted on
    something in the night."

    The whole song is great, but those few lines in the second verse have always hit home with me.
    leamancon October 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso good.
    maggotbrainon June 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree.. It really is. I'm surprised noone else commented on this song.. Such an amazing buildup.
    bearfan34on November 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentkingsley is an actual street in asbury park nj. it was part of a loop by the beach that was called the circut where everyone cruised to show off their cars, the street signs have been stolen so many times by fans that the city gave up replacing them, in the video for this song springsteen , is actually driving down kingsly at night in his 57 chevy, the vidoe is as powerful as the song
    tramps like uson September 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe opening piano/wailing just screams desolation...one of my favorite deep tracks, been lucky enough to see him do this in concert a few times!
    force263on July 08, 2017   Link

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