Crazy Janey and her mission man
Were back in the alley tradin' hands
'Long came Wild Billy with his friend G-Man
All duded up for Saturday night
Well, Billy slammed on his coaster brakes
And said, "Anybody want to go on up to Greasy Lake?
It's about a mile down on the dark side of Route 88
I got a bottle of rose so let's try it
We'll pick up Hazy Davy and Killer Joe
And I'll take you all out to where the gypsy angels go
They're built like light
Ooh, and they dance like spirits in the night (all night)
In the night (all night)
Oh, you don't know what they can do to you
Spirits in the night (all night)
Oh, in the night (all night)
Stand right up now and let it shoot through you

Well now, Wild Billy was a crazy cat
And he shook some dust out of his coonskin cap
He said, "Trust some of this, it'll show you where you're at
Or at least it'll help you really feel it"
By the time we made it up to Greasy Lake
I had my head out the window and Janey's fingers were in the cake
I think I really dug her 'cause I was too loose to fake
I said, I'm hurt, she said, honey, let me heal it
And we danced all night to a soul fairy band
And she kissed me just right, like only a lonely angel can
She felt so nice
Just as soft as a spirit in the night (all night)
In the night (all night)
Oh, Janey don't know what she do to you
Like a spirit in the night (all night)
All night (all night)
I stand right up and I let her shoot through me



Now, the night was bright and the stars threw light
On Billy and Davy dancin' in the moonlight
They were down near the water in a stone mud fight
Killer Joe gone passed out on the lawn
Well now, Hazy Davy got really hurt
He ran into the lake in just his socks and his shirt
Me and Crazy Janey was makin' love in the dirt
Singin' our birthday songs
Janey said it was time to go
So we closed our eyes and said goodbye to Gypsy Angel Row
Felt so right
Together we moved like spirits in the night (all night)
In the night (all night)

Oh, you don't know what they can do to you
Them spirits in the night (all night)
All night (all night)
Oh, stand right up and let her shoot through you
Like a spirit in the night (all night)
All night (all night)
All night (all night)
All night (all night)
All night (all night)
All night (all night)
All night
Be-da-ba the night
All night
In the night
In the night

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Spirit in the Night Lyrics as written by Bruce Springsteen

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  • +5
    General CommentA bottle of Rose most likely refers to Richard's Wild Irish Rose which is strong cheap wine. Sort of like MD 20-20.

    What a great song. I'm not that crazy about a lot of the Boss's stuff, but this is just excellent.
    Aircowon June 07, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about how intense and beautiful moments can be when you're young or feeling young. It's about a weekend night in a small town and finding something to do/ try.

    Also being with other people, makin' love, dancing, playing with mud/rocks by the water, just being in the moment, just having fun and feeling good..maybe about the drugs/drink that make things feel fun and alive and beautiful at the time

    just my 2 cents... peace : )
    daisyjanoon January 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first Springsteen song I ever heard. I was 9 or so when it came out and my older brother played the Greetings LP constantly. I loved this song.

    The story of these friends, the classic storytelling of their day out, you practically know everything about these characters, you can SEE all of them in your minds eye so clearly. Billy and Davy cavorting in the moonlight and Joe passed out on the lawn. You can almost see every line on their faces the way Bruce tells their story. His master storytelling almost makes you wanna break down in tears (as in birthday songs - wow!).

    You can see why the comparrisons to Dylan came so early in his career. Some heady stuff. Fun and sing-songy and yet sad and beautiful at the same time.
    LolaBaton November 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's amazing what listening to a different live version can do to an interpretation to a song. After listening to the Winterland '78 version, I could only think of Van Morrison as having written it, or at the very least, singing it.
    Never got this from any version I have heard, but this jumped out at me
    nagromnaion April 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyou're right, it is very van morrison-esque. i am a HUGE van morrison fan, and this is my favorite bruce song, not only because it reminds me of my teenage years in new jersey, but also because it's the sort of nostalgic, sexy thing that van might write.
    redredredon October 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually it's duded up at least according to the lp jacket. As in:

    "dude up, Informal. to dress in one's fanciest, best, or most stylish clothes; dress up: He got all duded up to go to the dance.";
    andrewmon March 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    MemoryFor some reason, this always brings Wampum Lake (also known simply as Da Woods) just south of Chicago to mind.\nBack when I was a kid, it was the big drinking and druggie spot although by the late 70s, it had become way too rough.\nThe powers that be eventually cleaned it up and now Wampum Lake is highly regarded for ice fishing.
    Chi-Chiefon January 14, 2022   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomeone go listen to the version of the in '75-85' its absolutly amazing
    PoorMansSuperman49on April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song and am surprised that more people haven't commented on it...its beautiful, painful, fun and exciting all at once.
    born2runon February 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about teenage partying on a Saturday nite. Taking a high-ride out to a local swim hole, getting high on "dust", jumping in the muddy water, & making love to some wild chick named Janey. God, I miss those days of late '60s early '70s youth.
    Virgil Con March 29, 2006   Link

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