Dark weekends in the sun out on Chelsea Road
Descending the stairs, Frankie, my one
Check your makeup in the mirror c'mon babe let's go
We'll dance 'round this dirty town 'til the night is all done
Let all the finer things sleep alone tonight
Let all the minor kings lose their thrones tonight
Don't worry about us, baby, we'll be alright

Well everybody's dying, this town's closing down
They're all sittin' down at the courthouse waiting for 'em to take the flag down
I see strange flashes in the sky up above
Gonna spend the night at the drive-in with the one that I love
At dusk the stars all appear on the screen
Yeah, just like they do each night in my dreams
But tonight's no dream, Frankie, I can feel myself too
Well now and forever my love is for you

Walk softly tonight little stranger
Yeah into these shadows we're passing through
Talk softly tonight, little angel
You make all my dream worlds come true

Well lately I've been standing out in the freezing rain
Readin' them want ads out on Chelsea Road
I'm winging down the street in search of new games
Hustling through these nightlights' diamond glow
Well Frankie I don't know what I'm gonna find
Maybe nothing at all, maybe a world I can call mine
Shining like these streetlights down here on the strand
Bright as the rain in the palm of your hand

Walk softly tonight, little stranger
Into the shadows where lovers go
Talk softly to me, little angel
Whisper your secrets so soft and low



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  • +3
    General CommentWow! surprising to see no comments on this beauty!
    Definitely one of my Springsteens favourites... wonderful melody and lyrics.
    Reminds me of summer; driving down dusty forestry roads and screaming Bruce tunes

    "Here we go! Hit it!"
    Kornoon April 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionDid Bruce ever sing a sweeter pair of lines than "Shining like these streetlights down here on the strand
    Bright as the rain in the palm of your hand" ? The studio version of this song, eventually released on the 'Tracks' box set, is essentially a first (uncut) draft of the song. The band tries things out, takes its time, and just plays through the song. As a result 'Frankie' is pretty much the most perfect 7 minutes of music I think I've ever heard from Bruce and the band. Just beautiful.
    comeonthewellon August 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Well everybody's dying, this town's closing down
    They're all sittin' down at the courthouse waiting for 'em to take the flag down"

    Another great Bruce line buried in one of his more obscure works.
    kd4833on February 09, 2014   Link
  • -3
    General Commentmeans nothing to me, never heard it.
    Flyersfanon April 28, 2008   Link
  • -3
    General Commentmeans nothing to me, never heard it.
    Flyersfanon April 28, 2008   Link
  • -3
    General Commentmeans nothing to me, never heard it.
    Flyersfanon April 28, 2008   Link

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