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Patti Smith — Because The Night
Album: Easter
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Released: 1978
Length: 3:16
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Take me now baby here as I am
Hold me close, try and understand
Desire is hunger is the fire I breathe
Love is a banquet on which we feed

Come on now try and understand
The way I feel when I'm in your hands
Take my hand come undercover
They can't hurt you now,
Can't hurt you now, can't hurt you now

Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lust
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us

Have I doubt when I'm alone
Love is a ring, the telephone
Love is an angel disguised as lust
Here in our bed until the morning comes
Come on now try and understand
The way I feel under your command
Take my hand as the sun descends
They can't touch you now,
Can't touch you now, can't touch you now

Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lust
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us

With love we sleep
With doubt the vicious circle
Turns and burns
Without you I cannot live
Forgive, the yearning burning
I believe it's time, too real to feel
So touch me now, touch me now, touch me now

Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lust
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us

Because tonight there are two lovers
If we believe in the night we trust
Because tonight there are two lovers
Because the night belongs to lust
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us
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RP is for Lovers
Perfect...
nice segue from BOC to Patti - odd relationship between them.
Long Live                                                                                                                        Radio Paradise
Thank you Patti Smith for Because The Night                                            8- Most Exellent to me
 red wrote:
excellent song (from Bruce Springsteen). have seen her in concert. i'm a fan! This is a piece of a short interview with Patti Smith in the April '95 issue of Mojo. The interview was part of a series of articles on Bruce Springsteen. Q: How did you first connect with Bruce? A: We were working on the Easter album. Jimmy Iovine was the producer, and he was also Bruce's engineer. Jimmy really loved Bruce's work. Bruce gave him a tape of Because The Night for me, because he thought it would suit my voice, as I recall. I hesitated to even listen to the tape. I wanted Easter to be a true reflection of the group. We had just been through a very difficult time -- I had hurt my neck and all that and all of us were trying to get back on our feet. So I felt it should be a record celebrating the band's struggles. When I finally got around to listening to the tape, I went, "Oh damn", because the song was obviously going to be very popular. I just knew it immediately. The "because the night" part was Bruce's line; the rest was pretty much just humming and mumbling, and then he had the chorus.So the rest of the lyrics were mine: I was waiting for a phone call one night, and while I waited I listened to the tape. I was waiting for Fred to call. That lyric was written for him, sitting there waiting for the phone to ring. Fred and I actually had a telephone courtship. I had to wait a long time that night, so I played Bruce's demo over and over. When the words came, they came easily. It was all written that night. It was an easy song to write, and the easiest song we ever recorded. Bruce was right; it was written in my key and it suited my voice perfectly. I knew exactly what to do with it. It came easily to us, and it was a pleasurable experience. Isn't that the way your hit's supposed to be? _________ After this, she talks a bit about performing with Bruce in the late 70's and a very tiny bit about their feelings toward each other (friendly, but with a bit of tension) Then she talks about how she feels about the song now, which is kind of interesting. _________ Q: How do you regard Because The Night now? A: The Patti Smith group never had much financial success. The only glimmer of that kind of success we had was with that song. And the record didn't even go gold or anything. But we still reap benefits from it, so it's been a blessing through the years. A recurring blessing. I was a little rebellious about it when I was younger, because I thought that people gave that song so much attention that they didn't really get the thrust of the whole album. I thought Easter was really strong, and some recognition of that was lost. People imagined that now we were really huge and hugely prosperous. But that never actually occurred. It wasn't that big a hit. We never got a gold record. But success? Success would be being able to give my dad a car. A _new_ car. When it began to look like Becasue the Night might just make that possible, I was on tour. So my brother went and picked the car out and then picked it up. My brother just walked into the house and nonchalantly handed my dad a set of keys. He walked outside and when he saw the car -- a shiny black 1978 Cordoba, brand new -- he just sat down on the front step and stared at it. So that's what Because the Night did for me, and there's no greater blessing it could have given. Is there a gold record in the world that can compete with a moment like that?
 
A great story about her Dad.  She always seemed to be thinking of him.  The title track of Wave is about her Dad.  Saying hello and goodbye at the same time.


This was on a mix-tape an very friendly friend gave me, and because I had none, lend me his walkman during my internship abroad.  This song is forever connected to that 6 month stay in a strange but amazing country.
 red wrote: Wow - what an amazing,  beautiful story.  I love Patti Smith as  person - she is so grounded.

excellent song (from Bruce Springsteen). have seen her in concert. i'm a fan! This is a piece of a short interview with Patti Smith in the April '95 issue of Mojo. The interview was part of a series of articles on Bruce Springsteen. Q: How did you first connect with Bruce? A: We were working on the Easter album. Jimmy Iovine was the producer, and he was also Bruce's engineer. Jimmy really loved Bruce's work. Bruce gave him a tape of Because The Night for me, because he thought it would suit my voice, as I recall. I hesitated to even listen to the tape. I wanted Easter to be a true reflection of the group. We had just been through a very difficult time -- I had hurt my neck and all that and all of us were trying to get back on our feet. So I felt it should be a record celebrating the band's struggles. When I finally got around to listening to the tape, I went, "Oh damn", because the song was obviously going to be very popular. I just knew it immediately. The "because the night" part was Bruce's line; the rest was pretty much just humming and mumbling, and then he had the chorus.So the rest of the lyrics were mine: I was waiting for a phone call one night, and while I waited I listened to the tape. I was waiting for Fred to call. That lyric was written for him, sitting there waiting for the phone to ring. Fred and I actually had a telephone courtship. I had to wait a long time that night, so I played Bruce's demo over and over. When the words came, they came easily. It was all written that night. It was an easy song to write, and the easiest song we ever recorded. Bruce was right; it was written in my key and it suited my voice perfectly. I knew exactly what to do with it. It came easily to us, and it was a pleasurable experience. Isn't that the way your hit's supposed to be? _________ After this, she talks a bit about performing with Bruce in the late 70's and a very tiny bit about their feelings toward each other (friendly, but with a bit of tension) Then she talks about how she feels about the song now, which is kind of interesting. _________ Q: How do you regard Because The Night now? A: The Patti Smith group never had much financial success. The only glimmer of that kind of success we had was with that song. And the record didn't even go gold or anything. But we still reap benefits from it, so it's been a blessing through the years. A recurring blessing. I was a little rebellious about it when I was younger, because I thought that people gave that song so much attention that they didn't really get the thrust of the whole album. I thought Easter was really strong, and some recognition of that was lost. People imagined that now we were really huge and hugely prosperous. But that never actually occurred. It wasn't that big a hit. We never got a gold record. But success? Success would be being able to give my dad a car. A _new_ car. When it began to look like Becasue the Night might just make that possible, I was on tour. So my brother went and picked the car out and then picked it up. My brother just walked into the house and nonchalantly handed my dad a set of keys. He walked outside and when he saw the car -- a shiny black 1978 Cordoba, brand new -- he just sat down on the front step and stared at it. So that's what Because the Night did for me, and there's no greater blessing it could have given. Is there a gold record in the world that can compete with a moment like that?
 

 red wrote:
excellent song (from Bruce Springsteen). have seen her in concert. i'm a fan! This is a piece of a short interview with Patti Smith in the April '95 issue of Mojo. The interview was part of a series of articles on Bruce Springsteen. Q: How did you first connect with Bruce? A: We were working on the Easter album. Jimmy Iovine was the producer, and he was also Bruce's engineer. Jimmy really loved Bruce's work. Bruce gave him a tape of Because The Night for me, because he thought it would suit my voice, as I recall. I hesitated to even listen to the tape. I wanted Easter to be a true reflection of the group. We had just been through a very difficult time -- I had hurt my neck and all that and all of us were trying to get back on our feet. So I felt it should be a record celebrating the band's struggles. When I finally got around to listening to the tape, I went, "Oh damn", because the song was obviously going to be very popular. I just knew it immediately. The "because the night" part was Bruce's line; the rest was pretty much just humming and mumbling, and then he had the chorus.So the rest of the lyrics were mine: I was waiting for a phone call one night, and while I waited I listened to the tape. I was waiting for Fred to call. That lyric was written for him, sitting there waiting for the phone to ring. Fred and I actually had a telephone courtship. I had to wait a long time that night, so I played Bruce's demo over and over. When the words came, they came easily. It was all written that night. It was an easy song to write, and the easiest song we ever recorded. Bruce was right; it was written in my key and it suited my voice perfectly. I knew exactly what to do with it. It came easily to us, and it was a pleasurable experience. Isn't that the way your hit's supposed to be? _________ After this, she talks a bit about performing with Bruce in the late 70's and a very tiny bit about their feelings toward each other (friendly, but with a bit of tension) Then she talks about how she feels about the song now, which is kind of interesting. _________ Q: How do you regard Because The Night now? A: The Patti Smith group never had much financial success. The only glimmer of that kind of success we had was with that song. And the record didn't even go gold or anything. But we still reap benefits from it, so it's been a blessing through the years. A recurring blessing. I was a little rebellious about it when I was younger, because I thought that people gave that song so much attention that they didn't really get the thrust of the whole album. I thought Easter was really strong, and some recognition of that was lost. People imagined that now we were really huge and hugely prosperous. But that never actually occurred. It wasn't that big a hit. We never got a gold record. But success? Success would be being able to give my dad a car. A _new_ car. When it began to look like Becasue the Night might just make that possible, I was on tour. So my brother went and picked the car out and then picked it up. My brother just walked into the house and nonchalantly handed my dad a set of keys. He walked outside and when he saw the car -- a shiny black 1978 Cordoba, brand new -- he just sat down on the front step and stared at it. So that's what Because the Night did for me, and there's no greater blessing it could have given. Is there a gold record in the world that can compete with a moment like that?
 

Great insight, thanks. Love the part about the car and her dad.
 ziggytrix wrote:

The way you said that makes it not entirely clear, but this IS the original.
 

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band recorded Because the Night at Atlantic Studios, New York on June 1, 1977, the first day of sessions for Darkness on the Edge of Town, though the lyrics only consisted of the song title and some mumbling. Springsteen struggled with the song almost four months until his engineer, Jimmy Iovine, got involved. At the time, he was also producing the album "Easter" for Patti Smith at the Record Plant, New York, where Darkness was also now being recorded. Iovine says, "Now, Bruce was very understanding and very flexible, because he realized that this was my first real break as a producer. Anyway, one night whilst we were lounging around the Hotel Navarro in New York I told Bruce I desperately wanted a hit with Patti, that she deserved one. He agreed. As he had no immediate plans to put ‘Because The Night’ on an album, I said why not give it to Patti. Bruce replied, ‘If she can do it, she can have it.’ Springsteen later admitted he was not satisfied with the song, and he already knew he wasn't going to finish it since it was "a[nother] love song";[2]. Iovine brought Smith the last recording by Springsteen, from September 27, 1977, Smith added her own lyrics, recorded it for her album Easter, and scored her first and biggest hit single.

Though it was never released on any of Springsteen's studio albums, in concert beginning with his Darkness Tour Springsteen would often perform the song with his own lyrics. The song was first performed live at a Patti Smith concert at the CBGB's Theater in New York City on December 30, 1977 (Patti's 31st birthday) with Springsteen joining on vocals and guitar.[3] The only two commercially released recordings of a Springsteen version of the song were in the 1986 box set Live/1975–85, where Smith was listed as co-writer; and the 2010 compilation album The Promise (using the original recording from the Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions, but using Smith's lyrics). To date, he has performed it 503 times in concert[4]

 AhhtheMusic wrote:

Well, she and Bruce wrote the song, so I don't think she is really doing a cover.  But, aside from that, she rips it up, as always!
 
The way you said that makes it not entirely clear, but this IS the original.
As of today, Patti is 72 years young. 

My goodness, that is a bit of a wake up. I honestly think we have reached a point where most the best music has been done. My generation (if you are one of the dreaded 'boomers' that is) had it all. 

Sorry.
 Slickamoe wrote:
Great song. Great cover. Great artist. Sans the fury pits of course!
 
Well, she and Bruce wrote the song, so I don't think she is really doing a cover.  But, aside from that, she rips it up, as always!
 Steely_D wrote:

When I saw Bruce on the Darkness tour, and the River tour, he did it each time, IIRC. My G-d, what a time that was...
 
I really think that Patti does the absolute best version of this great song.
Good track, thank you.{#Notworthy}!
Great song. Great cover. Great artist. Sans the fury pits of course!
 kaybee wrote:
I'd like to hear the young Springsteen's version of this.

 
When I saw Bruce on the Darkness tour, and the River tour, he did it each time, IIRC. My G-d, what a time that was...
 TRC wrote:
PS sounds just like Kate Bush. I can not tell the Because the Nights apart. Gilda did a hilarious parody of her on SNL.

 
whaou! (sorry I'm a Frog), please buddy get used of wiki tool, the first record of Kate was produced in 78 and the this track the same year, but it was not her first album, please, just try her cover of Gloria, then ....maybe post your comment on a Kate track, saying she's "just like" Patty :) and wait
{#Heartkiss}
 markybx wrote:

Haters?

 
So what if you love to hate? And does it make any difference if you hate to love?
 megaboogieman wrote:
To whom belongs the day?

 
Haters?
PS sounds just like Kate Bush. I can not tell the Because the Nights apart. Gilda did a hilarious parody of her on SNL.


 dwsneed wrote:
Ah Patti. Like no other. Pure as snow.
 
Sure she hasn't drifted?

Thank you  AGAIN

Patti Smith

for

Because The Night

8- Most Exellent for me


Goddess

wicked rock is the banquet on which I feed, thanks DJ

Thank you

Patti Smith

for

Because The Night

8- Most Exellent for me

 


 rpdevotee wrote:
Such a unique voice and singing style...really excellent rock

 
{#Clap}
Such a unique voice and singing style...really excellent rock
{#Notworthy}
 poetdancer wrote:
Patti Smith's "hit".  But a great song nonetheless. Have seen her in concert many times and she is incredible. 

 
Lucky you, poetdancer. This is the only Patti Smith song I know, and it was a hit for good reasons. "Love is the banquet on which we feed"...


Patti Smith's "hit".  But a great song nonetheless. Have seen her in concert many times and she is incredible. 
I recognized this from the first few bars of piano.  Thanks!  Haven't heard this gem in a good long time.  A 9 for sure.
Ah Patti. Like no other. Pure as snow.
Spending NYE with RP. Thanks for the great mix.
 stunix wrote:
all I can think of is this youtube clip.  link  navigate to 3:25.

 
yup, still what I hear.
Damn!  Thanks for that link.  Just outstanding.  Now I am off to spend some money on music :-)
Bloody RP is hazardous to my bank account!
 

 
Frater_Kork wrote:
The cover performed by Garbage and Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females is particularly face melting.

 


 rdo wrote:

I agree
 
yep, I agree that this is the on the wrong side of the classic/cliche line.
I see the cover art has been changed to a greatest hits compilation... I'd question that, normally, but this at least cuts down on the hairy armpit complaints. 
helluva poet, right there
What a Rocker!  I admire her awesome music, to me Patti Smith is a strong inspiration and life teacher
 kaybee wrote:
I'd like to hear the young Springsteen's version of this.



 
Lots of good live versions of Bruce's version out there.
 mazzy wrote:
I'm sure the success of this pop hit gave Patti the resources to pursue her edgier stuff. Just bought "Easter" on LP and it sounds outstanding

 
Not exactly.  Didn't get much edgier than Horses - her first record - it wasn't exactly a commercial success :-)

BTN probably gave her freedom to just keep on being the amazing artist, poet, writer, performer that she has always been.
 brander wrote:



The book "Just Kids" is a very good read. It reveals Patti to be a serious, multi-talented artist.



 
Aaaand it won the National Book Award that year. It's excellent and worth the read. 
I'm sure the success of this pop hit gave Patti the resources to pursue her edgier stuff. Just bought "Easter" on LP and it sounds outstanding
Wow I thought I hated the natalie merchant version.. {#Sick}
I'd like to hear the young Springsteen's version of this.


 msymmes wrote:
This live version is better than the original studio version  IMHO.
 

 
Which live version
 Frater_Kork wrote:
The cover performed by Garbage and Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females is particularly face melting.

 
I'd like to hear that.  Shirley Mansion has admitted her debt to Patti.
 fredriley wrote:
There's a fine line between clichè and classic, one which wavers with mood and location, and right now this is the wrong side of the line for me, sadly. Sorry, Patti :(

 
I agree
 carlos_marinho wrote:
Amazing song!!
 
........... it sure is
To whom belongs the day?
The cover performed by Garbage and Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females is particularly face melting.
This live version is better than the original studio version  IMHO.
 
Amazing song!!
*goosebumps*

marvelous...  love it...
 

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 Proclivities wrote:
patti

 
Whoah!!!!
The first comment page (8th page?) is amazing, super cool people here in Radio Paradise
I would vote 11 if possible!!! {#Angel}
patti
 gandalfbmg wrote:
Meh... I generally hold to the rule that Patti Smith is best when covered by others... I like her songs, but I just don't like her performances of them...
 
I'm sure this is plumbed in considerable depth in the pages below, but this is only partially a Patti Smith song. It's mostly a Springsteen composition. Still, IMHO this is the definitive almost-original-not-quite-a-cover rendition.
 PeeBee wrote:
That is so true! {#Jump}


 
tulfan wrote:
The only version that matters
 
 

Meh... I generally hold to the rule that Patti Smith is best when covered by others... I like her songs, but I just don't like her performances of them...
Like a small amount of Patti Smith. Very small. This one doesn't really make my list, sorry. Rather hear this version as apposed to Natalie Merchants attempt.
 MirageRF wrote:
If you rate this classic less than 8, I question your love of music!
{#Hug}
  
I gave it an 8, and then looked at the comments.  Happy to meet your criteria! 
 MirageRF wrote:
If you rate this classic less than 8, I question your love of music!
{#Hug}
 
agreed
If you rate this classic less than 8, I question your love of music!
{#Hug}
Yes, Patti. To us....!


Dang! Bill is really on a roll this afternoon. Or whenever he put this playlist together. Anyhow...thanks for the reminder that yes, modern popular music can be really great. This is just another example, along with Nirvana, Gillian Welch, The National...on and on

all I can think of is this youtube clip.  link  navigate to 3:25.
 helgigermany wrote:
Second time i hear this song today! No problem, i like it!
 
Yes, this song is soooo sexy...  love it...

 
Damn! Wish I could sing like her. Well, not *exactly* like her, but as a guy (a bass, in fact), but with her expression, passion, tonality, etc.
this is gooood, while the girl from florence and the machine is not
I love this song .
I remember 1978 when i was a  12  years old and hear this song on the Top Of The POPS on my first Radio.   
 fredriley wrote:
There's a fine line between clichè and classic, one which wavers with mood and location, and right now this is the wrong side of the line for me, sadly. Sorry, Patti :(
 
yes , that is sad. Hope you come back to the fold
There's a fine line between clichè and classic, one which wavers with mood and location, and right now this is the wrong side of the line for me, sadly. Sorry, Patti :(
I love her passion, the intensity of the lyrics. Glad Bruce was involved, but give me Patti any day.
I love this tune and Patti Smith absolutely does a great job performing.

Patti never got the credit she deserved...top of the list in my world
Got to see her at the Hop Farm Festival this year - Loved the shirt of hers I saw a guy wearing.  Front - "Jesus died for somebody's sins" Back - "not mine"  
 Giselle62 wrote:
the book about her and Mapplethorpe was quite tender...just read it —i feel about her that she's a bit like Ginsberg in that she is famous and beloved for the person she is more than her work;in other words they are beloved for their bravery in being themselves.

 


The book "Just Kids" is a very good read. It reveals Patti to be a serious, multi-talented artist.


Patti now and forever.  Play it again with the Boss.
 
 Mandible wrote:
Good, now please just don't follow this with the goat lady.
 
Stevie?

Second time i hear this song today! No problem, i like it!
That is so true! {#Jump}


 
tulfan wrote:
The only version that matters
 


The only version that matters
 jielbe wrote:
Bon OK, je suis peut être subjectif, mais mes 20 ans au Lac du Saut du Loup à écouter Because the night au juke box, ça m'a sacrément marqué! alors Patti Smith, je kiffe grave, si les 20 ans d'aujourd'hui me pardonnent mon écart de langage...
 
Pas du tout subjectif !! Nous avions equipé nos motos de l’époque de lecteurs K7 pour pouvoir passer Patti Smith et autres artistes de cet trempe tout en roulant à des vitesses qui feraient pâlir notre maréchaussée moderne. Gniark Gniark Gniark !! Let the good time roll !!

Patti Smith—another National Treasure.

At the risk of being crucified (what the hell its Christmas after all) I still prefer the 10,000 maniacs MTV unplugged version the best.  Probably cause its the first one i heard.  Certainly interested to hear Bruce do it.
 Sjaaks wrote:
A couple of years ago this was a huge hit in the Netherlands, except a very VERY annoying trance/dance remix by a mega-loser called Jan Wayne... Since then i can't stand this song....

For those of you who wonder how bad it was, be warned... {#Lol}

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-XEUfGguNM&ob=av2e

 
Well, no wonder you can't stand this song now - that WAS pretty terrible!  Much too fast, no emotion whatsoever, and lousy acting.  Sorry for you, Sjaaks.  Hold still - you have a little blood coming out your ear... Maybe repeated listenings by Patti Smith or Bruce Springsteen might make this song palatable for you again.

Or not.... 

Bruce's version of this song will finally be released on the new Darkness box set. Comes out this month. 

Easily one of my top thousand songs of all time.  High praise.
A couple of years ago this was a huge hit in the Netherlands, except a very VERY annoying trance/dance remix by a mega-loser called Jan Wayne... Since then i can't stand this song....

For those of you who wonder how bad it was, be warned... {#Lol}

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-XEUfGguNM&ob=av2e

Perfect after the National newest CD.  She just did this on the Rock in Roll Hall of Fame show
and she still kicks ass!
Oh, now THIS is the way music should sound!  Love this version - Patty Smith could read the phone book and make it rock. {#Dancingbanana_2}
the book about her and Mapplethorpe was quite tender...just read it —i feel about her that she's a bit like Ginsberg in that she is famous and beloved for the person she is more than her work;in other words they are beloved for their bravery in being themselves.

Landmark tune IMHO
 jielbe wrote:
Bon OK, je suis peut être subjectif, mais mes 20 ans au Lac du Saut du Loup à écouter Because the night au juke box, ça m'a sacrément marqué! alors Patti Smith, je kiffe grave, si les 20 ans d'aujourd'hui me pardonnent mon écart de langage...
 
no problem
some of us can at least READ French
....and we are united in Smith
9 —> 10

boB

Bon OK, je suis peut être subjectif, mais mes 20 ans au Lac du Saut du Loup à écouter Because the night au juke box, ça m'a sacrément marqué! alors Patti Smith, je kiffe grave, si les 20 ans d'aujourd'hui me pardonnent mon écart de langage...
Good, now please just don't follow this with the goat lady.
this is her most 'mersh song. can we hear "Gloria" the big hit, but not as 'mersh?

Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, U2 - "Because The Night" Live (2009)   

"25th Anniversary The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concert at Madison Square Garden - 2009/10/29 & 30"

"Art Is Resistance"

 lemmoth wrote:
Oh no.  Keel is/was a hair metal band mentored by Gene Simmons. End of exploration.
 

{#Lol}  Thanks for the report! (I'm an older one in denial.)
I still try to imagine Bruce and Patti having conversations in between studio recording sessions. What moments those must have been.

Oh no.  Keel is/was a hair metal band mentored by Gene Simmons. End of exploration.
 madtowner11 wrote:

This might be Keel's best song.  And, damn, I didn't know it was a cover!

 

Ah - gotta love the young ones and older ones (me) coming together on RP.

I saw Patti introduce this - explaining to her punk rocker audience that this was co-written with Springsteen - at Hurrah's in NYC.

As a jaded city punk purist I couldn't believe she collaborated with the radio friendly Bruce Juice guy from the suburbs.

Now I know much better.

And - now I am going to look up Keel - never heard of them before.

Thanks young uns. 
It´s a steady 8, love it.
3 -> 1
 iscoot4peace wrote:
This is better than 10K maniacs version...not as good as bruce's original...and remains an odd collaboration between two very different artists.
 
This is the first released version of the song.  I don't believe Springsteen yet released an "original" version of this song (though he is said to have recorded one): there was a live version released in the late 1980's by him.

THIS
She was in Omaha back in 1979 or so....  civic auditorium Music Hall...  5-4-3-2-1 WAVE!!!  So great!  So glad I got to catch that show...
I didn't realize this was a Patti Smith song...she was quite the interesting person, as seen on the PBS special the other night.
 jnhashmi wrote:
I prefer the 80s version by Keel, myself.
 
This might be Keel's best song.  And, damn, I didn't know it was a cover!


Patti Smith - "Because The Night" Live w/ Oliver Ray- Acoustic Guitar (2008)

"written by Bruce Springsteen (music) and Patti Smith (Lyrics)"

"If this song doesn't make you feel... Then, you're already dead. "


 rush-2112 wrote:
Why does it seem these sucky short songs seem so much longer than the great long tunes?

 
You mean like "By-Tor and the Snow Dog"? ;)

Why does it seem these sucky short songs seem so much longer than the great long tunes?

 Limpopoking wrote:

A comment like that round these parts could get you 10 years in Siberia
 
Siberia's not as bad as it used to be. I suggest we send 'em to Kabul.

 Sloggydog wrote:
I like it and i will probably now listen to some more Patti Smith but it still falls into that rare category where i like the cover better than the original like Hendrix's All Along The Watchtower, Johnny Cash's Personal Jesus and Jeff Buckley's Halelujah.  Then i am totally addicted to Natalie Merchant.

 

I AGREE, the cover is better than original. It happens occasionally!
This is better than 10K maniacs version...not as good as bruce's original...and remains an odd collaboration between two very different artists.

Patti Smith & Sarah McLachlan - "Because The Night" Live

"written by Bruce Springsteen (music) and Patti Smith (Lyrics)"