COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT)

Official studio version


Put on your black dress baby, and put your hair up right
There's a party way down in Factory Town tonight
I'll be going down there if you need a ride
Come on, come on, let's go tonight

How many men fail, their dreams denied
They walk through these streets with death in their eyes
Now the man on the radio says "Elvis Presley died"
Come on, come on, let's go tonight

Well now some came to witness, now some came to weep
Drawn by death's strange glory, they stood in the street
Drawn together forever in the promise of an endless sleep
Come on, come on, let's go tonight
Baby, come on, come on, let's go tonight
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Info

COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 2010 compilation album The Promise. The above lyrics are for that officially released studio version of COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) as released on The Promise.

Composition and Recording

COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) evolved in 1981 into JOHNNY BYE-BYE. The song also shares the same melody with and some of the lyrics of FACTORY. Some lyrics were also used a few years later in The River track OUT IN THE STREET.

Prior to the release of The Promise in 2010, one studio take and one home demo of COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) have been circulating on bootlegs. The unofficial studio version was recorded in June 1977 at Atlantic Studios in New York City, NY. It is an earlier version of the song that features some different lyrics and does not reference Elvis Presley. Bootleggers have used the title "Let's Go Tonight" for this studio take. The home demo was recorded around late March or early April 1981 at Springsteen's home in Colts Neck, NJ. It features some different lyrics and would soon evolve into JOHNNY BYE-BYE. Bootleggers have mistakenly used the title "Bye Bye Johnny" for this home demo.

The official studio version of COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) references the death of Presley, which took place on 16 Aug 1977, and the earliest known version of FACTORY was recorded in August 1977. This indicates that the official studio version was recorded just a few days after Presley's passing.

David Lindley plays violin on the official studio version of COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT). His part was overdubbed in 2010 prior to the release of The Promise.

David Lindley

David Lindley is a multi-instrumentalist musician who's notably known for his work with Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, and other rock musicians. He is a premiere session musicians and was involved in the early recording sessions of Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Before the release of The Promise in 2010, the only evidence of his involvement was a bootlegged studio outtake of FACTORY that has Lindley's violin overdubbed. On The Promise, Lindley's violin appears on COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) and RACING IN THE STREET ('78).

The Promise

The Promise is a Bruce Springsteen album that was released on 16 Nov 2010 as part of The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, and separately as a 2-CD set. The album was also issued on a limited edition 3-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise (album cover art)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise (album cover art)

The Promise is a collection of 22 previously-unreleased songs from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions. Depending on their level of completion back in 1977-1978, some were only remastered, some were overdubbed with 2010 vocals or music, and some were completely re-recorded in 2010. The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain.

Disc 1 (2-CD format):

  1. RACING IN THE STREET ('78)
  2. GOTTA GET THAT FEELING
  3. OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
  4. SOMEDAY (WE'LL BE TOGETHER)
  5. ONE WAY STREET
  6. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  7. WRONG SIDE OF THE STREET
  8. THE BROKENHEARTED
  9. RENDEZVOUS
  10. CANDY'S BOY

Disc 2 (2-CD format):

  1. SAVE MY LOVE
  2. AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU
  3. FIRE
  4. SPANISH EYES
  5. IT'S A SHAME
  6. COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT)
  7. TALK TO ME
  8. THE LITTLE THINGS (MY BABY DOES)
  9. BREAKAWAY
  10. THE PROMISE
  11. CITY OF NIGHT - THE WAY

Notes:

Premiere

COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) premiered on 29 Oct 2010 on "Live from the E Street Nation", a program hosted by Dave Marsh and airing on Sirius XM's E Street Radio channel.

Live History

COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) was performed off-tour on 07 Dec 2010 at Carousel House in Asbury Park, NJ, during the taping of the "Songs From The Promise" webcast. The song was played twice and featured David Lindley on violin.

  1. 07 Dec 2010 at Carousel House, Asbury Park, NJ

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT).

Credits

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Available Versions

List of available versions of COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) on this website:

COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) [Official studio version]
COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) [Unofficial studio version]
COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) [Home demo]

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