So according to Wikipedia the source of all term papers in college Bruce Springsteen was recording this song and his producer Jimmy Lovine was also Patty Smith’s producer. Lovine gave Smith a tape of the song she recast it and history was made.
Now I never heard the Patty Smith version until much later, yes I know mea culpa, mea culpa, I was always listening to the 10,000 Maniacs version and not just because of Natalie Merchant but boy could she sing. No I just enjoyed the eclectic nature of the band 10, 000 Maniacs. So here is Because the Night