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"Open All Night"
Single by Bruce Springsteen
from the album Nebraska
Released 1982
Format 7"
Recorded 1982
Genre Rock, Folk
Length 2:58
Label Columbia Records
Producer Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen singles chronology
"Atlantic City" (UK)
(1982)
"Open All Night" (UK)
(1982)
"Dancing in the Dark"
(1984)
Nebraska track listing
"Used Cars"
(7)
"Open All Night"
(8)
"My Father's House"
(9)

"Open All Night" is a song written and recorded by rock musician Bruce Springsteen, which first appeared on Springsteen's 1982 solo album Nebraska.

History

Of the ten songs on Nebraska, "Open All Night" is the only one to feature an electric guitar. With a Chuck Berry-style guitar riff, the song tells the story of an unnamed narrator's all-night drive across industrial New Jersey to reach his girl, Wanda, a waitress at the Route 60 Bob's Big Boy.

"Open All Night" was released as a single in the UK, backed by "The Big Payback",[1] but did not chart. It was also released as a single in The Netherlands and Spain.[1] Though never released as a single in the U.S.,[1] it garnered enough album oriented rock airplay to reached #22 on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The song shares a common lyrical structure and themes with two other Springsteen songs. The first is "State Trooper," also found on the Nebraska album. The other was "Living on the Edge of the World," recorded in 1979 but released as part of the four-disk box set Tracks in 1998.

Springsteen performed this song extremely infrequently until the Sessions Band Tour of 2006, when it was transformed into an eight-minute honky-tonk number. This is the version that appears on the Live in Dublin CD and DVD.

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