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"Prove It All Night"
Single by Bruce Springsteen
from the album Darkness on the Edge of Town
B-side "Factory"
Released May 23, 1978 (1978-05-23)
Format 7" single
Recorded September-October 1977
Genre Rock
Length 3:54
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Bruce Springsteen
Producer Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen singles chronology
"Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"
"Prove It All Night"
Darkness on the Edge of Town track listing
"Streets of Fire"
"Prove It All Night"
"Darkness on the Edge of Town"

"Prove It All Night" was the ninth song on Bruce Springsteen's fourth studio album Darkness on the Edge of Town, and the first single released from it.

The song tells the story of a young couple who pledge their love to each other on a trip to various towns. The entire song contains a sense of optimism that the two individuals' quest for love will someday be realized but, at the same time, it seems that the world is closing in on them in that the characters' chances of falling in love are growing more limited as time passes. The single gained little traction with Top 40 radio stations, reaching only #33 on the Billboard Hot 100; however it gained considerable play on progressive rock and album-oriented rock radio formats.

"Prove It All Night" has been a semi-regular selection in Springsteen and E Street Band concerts since its release. To the Springsteen faithful, by far the most famous arrangement of it occurred during their fabled 1978 Tour, when it was reshaped into an eleven-minute epic with a long, howling guitar-over-piano introduction and a frenetic organ-and-guitar-over-drums outro. Excerpts of one such performance from a July 1, 1978 Berkeley Community Theatre show were heard during a syndicated radio interview with New York disc jockey Dave Herman on the King Biscuit Flower Hour, and this version would become a fan favorite still referred back to decades later; one of the criticisms of Springsteen's 1986 Live/1975-85 box set was that it omitted the 1978 "Prove It". A live version of the song did finally appear on Springsteen's 2001 release Live in New York City documenting the Reunion Tour, as did a Rising Tour performance on the 2003 Live in Barcelona DVD, but both were in a shorter, more conventional treatment.

The aggregation of critics' lists at did not place this song in its list of the top 3000 songs of all time, but rated it as one of the 1980 songs "bubbling under" the top 3000.[1] The song has also been listed as the #6 single of 1978 by Dave Marsh and Kevin Stein and as one of the 7500 most important songs from 1944 through 2000 by Bruce Pollock.[1][2]


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