"Candy's Room" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
In Candy's room there are pictures of her heroes on the wall
But to get to Candy's room you gotta walk the darkness of Candy's hall
Strangers from the city, call my baby's number and they bring her toys
When I come knocking, she smiles pretty, she knows I want to be Candy's boy

There's a sadness hidden in that pretty face
A sadness all her own
From which no man can keep Candy safe

We kiss, my heart's pumpin' to my brain
And the blood rushes in my veins, the fire rushes towards the skies
I go driving, driving deep into the night
I go driving deep into the light, in Candy's eyes

She says, baby if you want to be wild
You got a lot to learn, close your eyes
Let them melt, let them fire
Let them burn
'Cause in the darkness, there'll be hidden worlds that shine
When I hold Candy close she makes the hidden worlds mine

She has fancy clothes and diamond rings
She has men who give her anything she wants, but they don't see
That what she wants is me

Oh, and I want her so
I'll never let her go, no, no, no
She knows that I'd give
All that I got to give
All that I want, all that I live
To make Candy mine
Tonight


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"Candy's Room" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentThis is not a song about a prostitute, or a stripper. You have to look at where Springsteen was in his life when he was writing the Darkness album. The characters on this album are in their mid 20's. Bruce saw many of his characters still living at home, with their Dads. The girl in Racing in the Street sat on her daddys porch, The girl from Talk to Me sat with her daddy upstairs, the Preachers Daughter worked with her dad, and lived at home. Even the boys had an attachment to their parents, the singer in Promised Land worked at his Daddys garage, and of course Independence Day, written during Darkness is a goodbye to the singers dad. The album focuses on the point in your life where you are making that break to independence. The romantic days of being Born to Run, are giving way to manhood, responsibility, and a sense of settling down.

    Bruce also saw himself as this guy that you wouldn't necessarily want to bring home to meet your folks. Long hair, playing rock and roll, and normally looking pretty scruffy probably didn't go over well with the folks in general. This isn't really related in this song, but look at the song with Bruces vision of himself in mind. Now Candy is probably young, good looking, and coming from a family with a bit of wealth. Much like the theme that was played out in the I'm on Fire video years later. Scruffy mechanic, pretty rich lady, and some cross class romance.

    Candys Room has pictures of her heroes on it, because she is still living at home probably with movie posters or singers on her walls from her recent youth. Now the men calling her from the city are suitors, Candy is a pretty girl, and many men would like to be dating her. They will bring her things to try and convince her to go out with them, as men will do. There's a sadness in her pretty face, just like the girl from Racing in the Street, they are growing up, and the innocence, and freedom of youth is giving way to the realities of her life ahead.

    They kiss, and go driving deep into the night, Candy likes riding with the bad boy, similar to the singer in Preachers daughter. The singer is a little more naive than Candy, and she is trying to show him that there is a better life waiting, and when he pulls her close he feels he has everything.

    The final verse is just an affirmation of what we already knew, She has fancy clothes, and diamonds, because she comes from a more established family than the singer. She has men who would bring her anything to be in his position, but she wants the singer even though he can't give her those things. He affirms at the end that she knows while not much, he would give her all the things he has.
    chrisg19on January 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti absolutely adore this song. i just wish it was a little longer.
    crash&burnon November 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song is as short as candy's relationships with men...amazing, explosive, and over just as quick as it starts...and then there's nothing...and is it just me, or is the wailing guitar at the very end just intoxicating?
    IHeartCoCaon February 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabout a stripper.
    paramaniaon July 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch passion, such power - the song leaves you breathless - reminds me of pure lust
    nagromnaion September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne can say this song is about a stripper, a prostitute or whatever, it doesn't really matter. It's a very emotional, physical song that tugs at different feelings to most of the album and Springsteen's catalogue. Whereas much of Darkness on the Edge of Town is about difficulty, this is about the delusions of lust.

    The guitar solo is, along with the one in Incident on 57th Street, the best and most vital in his enormous collection, while the buildup is absolutely stunning. Compositionally this is a masterpiece.
    nosurrenderon April 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAgreed - prostitute (to get to Candy's room...) - the driving beat of the drums is fantastic and works so well in the song. It wouldn't be right if the song were longer since the lust is short, powerful, concentrated, but ultimately short lived (she's not called "Candy" by coincidence). The ending is perfect - "All that I want all that I live to make Candy mine...(wait for it)...Tonight".
    Ericdawingnuton March 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAgreed - prostitute (to get to Candy's room...) - the driving beat of the drums is fantastic and works so well in the song. It wouldn't be right if the song were longer since the lust is short, powerful, concentrated, but ultimately short lived (she's not called "Candy" by coincidence). The ending is perfect - "All that I want all that I live to make Candy mine...(wait for it)...Tonight".
    Ericdawingnuton March 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhere do lyrics like " Let them melt, let them fire, let them burn" come from. So powerful, so delicious, so picturesque
    nagromnaion April 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJust listened to this today for pretty much the first time and loved it.

    Has Springsteen said it's about a prostitute? I took it to be about a normal girl who is very beautiful and is at that age where she has a lot of guys after her. Not necessarily a stripper, etc.

    'In Candy's room there are pictures of her heroes on the wall
    but to get to Candy's room you gotta walk the darkness of Candy's hall'

    Colour me pretentious but I read this (1) literally but (2) also as a metaphor for working through this girl's emotional barriers etc, before he is able to really know her.
    Playhardgoproon May 22, 2011   Link

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