Prove It All Night

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT - V1 3:28 LM-3 / UP / AM / LMEC2
PROVE IT ALL NIGHT - V2a 4:00 ODM / HOD / UP / AM
PROVE IT ALL NIGHT - V2b 3:54 ODM / HOD / UP / AM
PROVE IT ALL NIGHT - V2c 3:54 DARKNESS / ESSENTIAL: 2015

Note: Bruce came up with the title, "Prove It All Night", and says he adapted "It's A Shame aka Jon's Jam", (which was written, recorded and dumped in June), but as usual, the lyrics were a work in progress when he arrived at the Record Plant on September 12, 1977. He later said (live as an intro to the song) that he got the idea from a cabbie, who was moanin' about having to prove it to your boss, your wife, and according to the Bruce brain filter…to the Night! The E Street Band learned the chords quickly, and to go ahead and record a take, Bruce had worked up a lyric sheet using the first verse from “Something In The Night”, which fit the music well. That was how the first take, V1, was done, and how the "Lost Masters Something In the Night version" came to be. Fortunately, "Something In the Night" was not scuttled for it's lyrics like "Candy's Boy"; on September 14, Bruce had two original verses in hand for the session, and work on the song was completed on September 16 with V2, the take used on Darkness (V2a and V2b are alternate mixes). V2c mix take 49 went on Darkness.

In May 1978, a single was needed, with the album due out next month, and "Prove It All Night" was selected. Album rock stations loved it, but it fell short as a pop hit. Oblivious to these matters, Bruce had worked up a special arrangement for the Darkness tour, a 2:00 prelude that started with Roy's piano, then his guitar, as the band built up to the main song, which rocked along until the big, dramatic break at the dynamo (which Bruce had decided was no longer needed by Candy's Boy). Like "Born To Run", "Night", and "Thunder Road", Bruce's character is armed only with his car and fantastic dreams, the will to escape to a better life, and his girl, who has to choose between her old life or going with him. Bruce has gotten better at this in three years, and tells her, "They'll never know what it means to steal, to cheat, to lie, what it's like to live and die", as Max's drum roll sneaks up on them, and now the band blasts into the final chorus. But this is not the end of the song, Bruce capitalizes on the emotion he has created, and leads the band in a two minute jam to the end, which jacks the energy level in the building through the roof, kicking the show into high gear. Every night, Racing In the Street, Thunder Road and Jungleland would follow to fill out the first set. As one, and then two months went by, the length of "Prove It" increased from five minutes to over eight minutes, and stayed that way for the rest of the tour. "Prove It All Night" became one of Bruce's great show-stoppers.

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