Sandy, the fireworks are hailin' over Little Eden tonight
Forcin' a light into all those stoney faces left stranded on this warm July
Down in town the circuit's full with switchblade lovers so fast, so shiny, so sharp
As the wizards play down on Pinball Way on the boardwalk way past dark
And the boys from the casino dance with their shirts open like Latin lovers on the shore
Chasin' all them silly New York virgins by the score

Sandy, the aurora is risin' behind us
This pier lights our carnival life forever
Love me tonight for I may never see you again
Hey Sandy girl, my baby

Now the greasers they tramp the streets or get busted for sleeping on the beach all night
Them boys in their high heels, ah
Sandy, their skins are so white
And me I just got tired of hangin' in them dusty arcades bangin' them pleasure machines
Chasin' the factory girls underneath the boardwalk where they promise to unsnap their jeans
And you know that tilt-a-whirl down on the south beach drag
I got on it last night and my shirt got caught
And they kept me spinnin'
I didn't think I'd ever get off

Oh Sandy, the aurora is risin' behind us
This pier lights our carnival life on the water
Runnin', laughin' 'neath the boardwalk with the boss's daughter
I remember, Sandy girl, now baby

Sandy, that waitress I was seeing lost her desire for me
I spoke with her last night, she said she won't set herself on fire for me anymore
She worked that joint under the boardwalk, she was always the girl you saw boppin' down the beach with the radio
The kids say last night she was dressed like a star in one of them cheap little seaside bars and I saw her parked with Loverboy out on the Kokomo
Did you hear the cops finally busted Madam Marie for tellin' fortunes better than they do
For me this boardwalk life's through, babe
You ought to quit this scene too

Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us
This peir lights our carnival life forever
Oh love me tonight and I promise I'll love you forever


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4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) song meanings
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    General Commentguys once again almost no comments especially on a song thats considered one of bruces best written.
    i feel that its about a kid, like bruce, who has fallen in love with asbury park, but knows that its time for him to leave, this message is really portrayed in the lines:And you know that tilt-a-whirl down on the south beach drag/ I got on it last night and my shirt got caught/ And they kept me spinnin'/ I didn't think I'd ever get off
    this is such a great metaphor for his feelings about leaving the shore, he had so much here that when it comes time to move on he finds the trip impossible, a dilemma i am sure bruce was faced with when he started getting big and going on tours
    fallenchief123on July 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song has to rate as one of the greatest ever in any genre. In it Bruce captures what it is to be young but on the cusp of growing up. The protagonist is looking back on his erstwhile playground. Clearly he knows it well but he is is leaving the next day, he has out grown this place. There are feelings of regret, and of grading admirations for those that remain; the switchblade lovers, the pinball wizards and the boys in the casino. He knows them well they have been part of his landscape.

    He knows to that he is leaving behind the girls. The factory girls and the New York virgins who have come out to the bright lights and the vicarious danger of the Jersey Shore for the 4th of July holiday. Chances are he has had his romantic and sexual encounters with these girls. They were transient like the waitress who will no longer set herself on fire for him. Not only that but she has turned her attentions elsewhere to another 'lover boy'.

    They are in the past.

    As for Sandy there is no clear indication that he is offering to take her with him, just that if she loves him tonight he will love her for ever in return, though there is a wonderful tempting hint that he might take her along for the ride:

    "for me this boardwalk life is through babe
    You ought to quit this scene too"

    Did she go with him?

    Fast forward to Thunder Road.



    A tour de force of a song. Brilliant imagery, cohesive narrative and more emotion than one man deserves to pack into a lifetime let alone one song. It stays young in my head the way I do.
    Hitcheron November 22, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBy far my favorite Bruce song. Its about growing up on the shore. He is looking back on all those days on the boardwalk and how he remembers it all but its also about how he turned away from all of that. If only Asbury Park is like how it used to be, though I did get to see fireworks out on point pleasant beach with a bunch of friends, I am sure its not the same.
    mweber1488on January 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is from Bruce's second album. I don't know how far he is looking back. Still a great song.
    marcy32on March 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEasily my favourite Bruce song ever
    scotsguy71on March 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentone of my fave bruce songs this and i just love the way this guy tells a story. this song to me is about a time/place you are leaving but still love this girl who you might not actually be seeing anymore, maybe an ex whos still yourbest friend. you know you are leaving but you just want one more night with this girl
    evenfunnieron May 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere is some songs I would love to hear from Bruce.. To the point of tears. Thuner Road, Jungleland and 4th of July, Asbury Park( Sandy).

    This song is simply amazing. I love Springsteen, he makes such great music. It really never gets old.
    bearfan34on December 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis isn't a direct love song. the dude's seeing the waitress but maybe he desires Sandy, who must be the dudes (best?) friend.

    i agree with bearfan. i too would love to her sandy; jungleland; and backstreets live
    aldo1980on May 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti see that i tend to see all of bruces songs more literally then they should be seen, and often dont take his metaphors into concideration with all of his songs, so i see that my look at this is going to be different from the ones before it. this is my absolute favorite song by bruce springsteen, and i just love the story tells.

    i always saw this song as and opening, middle, reflection, and end. the beginning was him and sandy on the 4th of july and watching the fireworks over eden. i love how he portrays how it "forces light into all the stoney faces left stranded" as in the people left with no one to love and who are left oin the darkness being forced into the light of the fireworks. he also mentions "switch blade lovers. so fast, so shiny, so sharp" as in the quick lovers who get together wioth people spur of the moment and its over quicklly, but they are usually beautiful all the same. the rest of the first verse is also the beginning and describes the boys who play in the arcades and the "latin lovers" who dance on the shore under the show and chase the new york girls who are visiting.

    the chorus is what brings me into the middle section of the song and it speaks strongly to me. "the aurora is rising behind us" was always one of my favorite lines and i believe it refers to the "aurora" or fealing that rises behind them as they walk and enjoy themselves together, the love the flows from them. the peirs lights are the light to their life as they live on the pedir and the carnival life refer to their wild life they life. he also mentions "love me tonight for i may never see you again" as in this may be their last night together and he wants to make it the best.

    the middle brings me into him telling her of his life as it is now. i can picture him telling her about the different people who walk the beaches and live in that are and how he has "got tired of hangin round in them dusty arcades, bangin them pleasure machines" as in he has become tired looking around for women to court. he is tired of chasin random girls around in an attempt at true love. the tilt a whire is a section of the song i always saw literally, as in he is telling her of hoiw he got caught on there one night and didnt think he would ever be able to gert off, but i also see it as a metaphor for the twisted life he lives and how he didnt think he could escape it. teh chorus again ends this section for me and goes into the reflection area. there is on echange in this choprus, and its the line "our carnival life on the water, runnin laughin underneath the bordwalk with the bosses daughter" which is something i see as him saying his life by the water and how he chases the bosses daughter to get her love under the board walk.

    the reflection is when i see him telling her of his ended relationship with the waitress he was seeing and how she said she "wont set herself on fire for him any more" and tehn he goes into describing her personality. it ends that little part bout her with the dressed like star in those sea side bars and she was parked with lover boy out on the kokomo, as in she was away from him all night and he saw her woith another guy. then goes into the cops finally busting madame marie, which i never fully understand, but i saw as shes getting caught for that and hes afraid if getting taken out too for something he may have done, or he relizes that shes gunna leave, and likes the idea of a new place, and tells her that she shouls "quit this scene too" and then it goes into the ending

    the ending was always the simple ending chorus again, as he promises her that if she loves him tonight he will love her forever, and not just go off and find another girl when its all over.
    cataractbabeon July 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwell I finally saw the song live at Indianapolis, which many of you well know that was Danny Federeci's last appearance before his passing. And they played this song! What a special moment in my life as everyone sat down except a few of us who knew the song and sang in at the top of our lungs. It was a great moment screaming this song.

    As for the meaning, It's about growing older and feeling you have bigger things than sitting around town. But the rush you once felt walking along the streets you walk are too much to bear for nostalgic reasons. It's a farewell to childhood and the young years to a beginning of whats beyond the town.

    It's one of his best, thats for sure.
    bearfan34on July 10, 2008   Link

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