Madman drummers bummers and Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat
With a boulder on my shoulder feelin' kinda older I tripped the merry-go-round
With this very unpleasing sneezing and wheezing the calliope crashed to the ground
Some all-hot half-shot was headin' for the hot spot snappin' his fingers clappin' his hands
And some fleshpot mascot was tied into a lover's knot with a whatnot in her hand
And now young Scott with a slingshot finally found a tender spot and throws his lover in the sand
And some bloodshot forget-menot whispers daddy's within earshot save the buckshot turn up the band

And she was blinded by the light. Cut loose like a deuce
Another runner in the night. Blinded by the light
She got down but she never got tight, but she'll make it alright

Some brimstone baritone anticyclone rolling stone preacher from the east
He says "Dethrone the dictaphone, hit it in its funny bone, that's where they expect it least"
And some new-mown chaperone was standin' in the corner all alone watchin' the young girls dance
And some fresh-sown moonstone was messin' with his frozen zone to remind him of the feeling of romance

Yeah he was blinded by the light. Cut loose like a deuce
Another runner in the night. Blinded by the light
He got down but she never got tight, but he's gonna make it tonight

Some silicone sister with her manager's mister told me I got what it takes
She said I'll turn you on sonny to something strong if you play that song with the funky break
And go-cart Mozart was checkin' out the weather chart to see if it was safe to go outside
And little Early-Pearly came in by her curly-wurly and asked me if I needed a ride
Oh, some hazard from Harvard was skunked on beer playin' backyard bombardier
Yes and Scotland Yard was trying hard, they sent a dude with a calling card,
He said, do what you like, but don't do it here

Well I jumped up, spit in the air, fell on the ground, asked wich was the way back home
He said take a right at the light, keep going straight until right, and then boy you're on your own

And now in Zanzibar a shootin' star was ridin' in a side car hummin' a lunar tune
Yes, and the avatar said blow the bar but first remove the cookie jar, we're gonna teach those boys to laugh too soon
And some kidnapped handicap was complaining that he caught the clap from some mousetrap he bought last night
Well I unsnapped his skull cap and between his ears I saw a gap but he'd figured he'd be all right

He was just blinded by the light. Cut loose like a deuce
Another runner in the night. Blinded by the light
Mama always told me not to look into the sights of the sun
Oh but mama that's where the fun is

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Blinded By The Light song meanings
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    General Comment:Bruce said later he was really surprised by the success of Manfred Mann's cover. "That's it, we're giving up the British" he told his manager, "- if THIS races to the number one spot they're much too eclectic for us"
    tinderboxon March 10, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:i think it's about sex and being young.
    dontthinktwiceon May 03, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:The song is about working as a musician down the shore. It's about being down the shore as a young man waorking on the boardwalk and playing in a band, and it talks about a lot of stuff thats happening around. Manfred Mann has no idea what the sonf is about and they dont do the verses in the right order.
    lozz588on October 10, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Springsteen explains it on the Storytellers DVD. He sat down on his bed with a rhyming dictionary and wrote this brilliant autobiographical song.

    I remember the Indians were the baseball team he played with growing up(no pun intended).
    "Some silicone sister with her manager's mister told me I got what it takes
    She said I'll turn you on sonny to something strong if you play that song with the funky break" refers to the studio not releasing the album until they thought he had a hit. So he wrote this in pure frustration. That's the true story.

    springsteen: the greatest
    The Magic Raton October 28, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:"The Magic Rat" is right. This song clarifies why Springsteen never did any drugs. Because he was already "crazy" without the drugs. "Blinded by light" is a reference to having a good time.
    Deckerson December 13, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:God, I used to think forever that he said "Cut loose like a douche." But then I was like, "There's no way he seriously said that..."
    thewordofrashion January 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:WTF this song is just about being an adolecent!!! Nothing more nothing less!!!!
    iHatepoopingon January 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I think everyone has misinterpreted the "deuce" line, or at least said " Is he saying douche?!?" I remember having a good laugh about that with a girlfriend a long time ago. I knew that he couldn't be saying douche, but that's the way I always walked around mumbling it: " Blinded by the light, WRAPPED UP LIKE A DOUCHE, another runner in the night". Funny shit. I guess if you knew cars, you would have made the "Deuce" connection, but I didn't, so, I didn't. A "Deuce" is a car, right?
    Brandon53on May 02, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:There's some good thoughts here, but lets try this interpretation on for size. I think the song is about a young Springsteen (forget Manfred Mann, its the boss's song) on a particular night that his band had a gig in a bar somewhere along the Jersey shore, and this is his recounting of the night, and the various instances of “on-the-edge” behavior he saw throughout the night (you know, the stuff your not really supposed to do (like look into the sun), but which is what makes it fun). I think he was ill, and had to "pump his way into his hat", or psyche himself up to go. Along the way, with a bolder (not a chip) on his shoulder about feeling older, he actually took a merry-go-round ride (common on the boardwalk in those days), perhaps to recapture his youth (innocence?), but it didn't work, because at the end, the calliope music ended poorly (nothing’s the same as you remember it). So off he went, and along the way, he observed a "all-hot half-shot heading for a hot spot", a "fleshpot mascot…" (good looking girl with her date), "young Scott" having an intimate moment on the beach (slingshot=condom?), a "blood-shot forget-me-not…" (soused young girl there on vacation with her family, but on the make with a young boy she met there), and a “brimstone baritone” preacher, standing there preaching on the boardwalk, an interesting juxtaposition to the other various unsavory images. Later, at the bar, there was a “new-mown chaperone” (older guy with a new haircut) getting his kicks watching the “young girls dance”, a “fresh-sown moonstone” apparently playing with himself (moonstone is a street slang term for heroin laced with MDMA, ref:…). At the end of the night, he’s approached by a “silicone sister” who wants to get him high, “go-cart Mozart was checking out the weather…” (looking for cops to make sure it was safe to drive), “little Early-Pearly” offers him a ride home, and some “hazard from Harvard” (college-boy) was “playing backyard bombardier” (puking out back). Then “Scotland Yard” (the cops) showed up and told everybody hanging around outside they needed to get going. So they went to Zanzibar, probably for last call, where there was a guy so loaded he was singing to himself, and of course, the “kidnapped handicap,” who was bitching that he got the clap from a prostitute. All in all, quite a bunch of folks who were “blinded by the light” when they tried to “look into the sights of the sun” (do things that maybe they shouldn’t be doing). Finally, I do think that Kurt is right on, in that a "deuce" is a slang term for a street race in the 70's and that "another runner in the night" is a racing car. (Did the boss ever sing about drag racing? Hmmm.) That’s what all these people are, “cut loose like a deuce” on their own little drag race to illicit fun (by the way, a drag race would also qualify as one of those things you shouldn’t do, wouldn’t it).
    whiskeyrayon July 22, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:when you think too hard it takes away the poin tof the song the lyrics are completely random on purpose and its just fun to rhyme

    also, i like manfred mann's earth band version a ton better
    Event_Horizonon September 15, 2006   Link

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