Open All Night

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about a man who drives all night just to see his girl. The original title was "Wanda."
  • This was released as a single, but did not chart. While no songs on Nebraska charted, Springsteen's next album, Born In The U.S.A., had 7 US Top-10s.
  • Some of the lyrics for this song were used on "Living On The Edge Of The World," which was recorded during The River sessions in 1979 and eventually released on Springsteen's Tracks compilation in 1998. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ken Thomson - Edmonton, AB
  • This is one of many Springsteen songs featuring car imagery. Springsteen's first car was a '57 Chevy with orange flames painted on the hood.
  • The title is the name of a popular Springsteen website.

Comments: 7

  • Jay from Central, New JerseyThis is a great song and one of my all time Springsteen favorites. But how does "It takes me two hours to get back to where my baby lives" then "I got a three more hours but I'm covering ground" work?
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaThis is my favorite from Nebraska. Gotta love the lyrics and imagery The Boss puts to it..
  • Steve from Ithaca, NyGreat song...I grew up in North Jersey..loved Springsteen.. first time I saw him was in 1977 at the Palidium (NYC) what a show..Patti Smith came out and did Becuase the Night with the boss it was unreal!! I drove a 70 442...that I used to work on all time...never lost a race ..and one of my friends said this song was "about me."
    Most my friends were to spoiled to work on cars
    but not me....miss those Glory Days!
  • Scott from Detroit, MiI often play this song to people who claim to Hate Springsteen...they always say "This song is awesome...who is that"
  • Wanda from Orlando, FlI was in college in NJ when I heard Asbury Park, his first album, and I was in awe. I went to a concert in PA at another college and while standing in line suffered a mild heatstroke. They let me wait in the air conditioned corridor. Someone came up to me and said , "Bruce saw you sitting out here and he wants to meet you." So I went backstage and met him and Clarence and the E Street Band and gave him a poem I had written about him and a personal gift. He said he would give it back someday so when I heard Nebraska I thought it might be me. Wish I knew? Maybe I don't because I will always have my dream that it was me.
  • Jim from Jersey City, Njhe describes North Jersey perfictly
  • Fred from Abilene, TxMan, I love this song. I used to have a a girlfiend in New Jersey, and driving home to Connecticut after seeing her--it really is like a "lunar landscape." The image of the speaker and Wanda wiping [their] greasy chicken fingers on a Texaco road map is just perfect.
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