Bruce Springsteen, who will release an album of soul covers titled Only the Strong Survive on Nov. 11, has already put out one single, “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” with the second, “Nightshift,” coming out at midnight Oct. 14.
(OCT. 13 UPDATE: Release date is actually midnight Oct. 13.)
(OCT. 14 UPDATE: Watch video for song here.)
Well, he hasn’t quite come out and said that. But he did put out a message on social media, today, saying “Gonna be some sweet sounds comin’ down, on the nightshift… Friday at midnight” and featuring a snippet of the song that you can hear below.
Written by Commodores member Walter Orange along with Dennis Lambert and Franne Golde, “Nightshift” was a Top 10 hit for The Commodores in 1985.
The song is, in part, a tribute to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson, who both died in 1984. Here are the relevant lyrics:
Marvin, he was a friend of mine
And he could sing his song
His heart in every line
Marvin sang of the joy and pain
He opened up our minds
And I still can hear him say
‘Oh, talk to me, so you can see, what’s goin’ on’
Say you will sing your songs for evermore, evermore
Jackie, hmm, hey what you doing now
It seems like yesterday when we were working out
Jackie, oh, you set the world on fire
You came and gifted us
Your love, it lifted us higher and higher
Keep it up and we’ll be there at your side
Oh, say you will, sing your songs
For evermore, evermore, evermore
I have also included The Commodores’ version, below.
Gonna be some sweet sounds comin' down, on the nightshift… Friday at midnight. pic.twitter.com/Dwb5nr0kok — Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) October 12, 2022
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