"Something in the Night" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
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
Mmh, 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 'til dawn
Without another human being in sight
Yeah, just kids wasted on
Oh, something in the night

Oh, 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
Hmm, chasing something in the night

Oh, yeah

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"Something in the Night" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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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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