Two outcasts come up with ‘Because The Night’. Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen create one of my favorite songs. It never fails to move me and get my attention.
Back when, Bruce was forever giving songs to people (That was just the kind of guy he was). In this case it was a collaboration and he and Patti struck lightning. This song is full of passion, power and all sorts of things that make it a special song. What a well written and performed cut.
It opens with some subtle piano with Patti joining in on vocals. Sounds like a plea then it explodes into a full forced gale of passion. I like everything about this song. Smith’s words are so good and they mesh with the music. This is a rock song sung with feeling. And the song does rock, one of the reasons I like it. Lenny Kaye rips a very good solo. Bruce is a rocker and so are Patti and her band. The song just keeps building like it’s going to explode which it kind of does. Smith sings with that passion I mentioned. She commits to the emotion of it. Love her vocals.
I heard Springsteen do this live in the 70’s and to me it was one of many highlights of his show (ears still ringing from the guitar solo). Flip a coin on what version I dig most. They are both so good.
Bruce and Patti hook up for a night of passion. Man do they find it.
I really like Patti Smith and this song didn’t do anything to diminish that. This goes on the repeat listen spins.
‘So touch me now, touch me now, touch me now”