In 1977, this song was one of 27 included on the Voyager Golden Record
, which was launched into space as a representation of Earth life. Science writer Timothy Ferris, who selected the songs, explained: "Johnson's song concerns a situation he faced many times: nightfall with no place to sleep. Since humans appeared on Earth, the shroud of night has yet to fall without touching a man or woman in the same plight."
The song was also added to the National Recording Registry in 2010 for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."