Driving into Darlington county
Me and Wayne on the fouth of July
Driving into Darlington county
Looking for some work on the county line

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We drove down from New York City
Where the girls are pretty
But they just want to know your name
Driving in to Darlington City
Got a union connection with an uncle of Wayne's
We drove eight hundered miles without seeing a cop
We got rock and roll music blasting off the T-top

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Sha la la, sha la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la, sha la la la la
Sha la la la la la la

Hey little girl standing on the corner
Today's your lucky day for sure all right
Me and my buddy, we're from New York City
We got $200, we want to rock all night
Girl, you're looking at two big spenders
Why, the world don't know what me and Wayne might do
Our pa's each own one of the World Trade Centers
For a kiss and a smile I'll give mine all to you
Come on baby take a seat on my fender
It's a long night and tell me what else were you gonna do
Just me and you, we could


Little girl sitting in the window
Ain't seen my buddy in seven days
County man tells me the same thing
He don't work and he don't get paid
Little girl you're so young and pretty
Well, walk with me and yo can have your way
And we'll leave this Darlington City
For a ride down that Dixie Highway

Driving out of Darlington county
My eyes seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
Driving out of Darlington county
Seen Wayne handcuffed to the bumper of a state trooper's Ford

(Refrain as long as it takes)

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    General CommentThis song is one of Bruce's great pop songs more palatable for the casual fan. However, those are some of Bruce's most important recordings in my opinion, since it always reassures me that he never took himself and his work TOO seriously. Anyway, two aspects of this song stick out to me. One is the chorus: sha la la, sha la la la la la. That says it all in ways words never could. They're two young guys all horned up and looking to impress girls while they explore new hot spots. I think "sha la la..." is poetically powerful here, for the reckless abandon, youthful cheer, and good time rock n roll it embodies. Secondly, and while being a minor point of opinion, it is nonetheless necessary for me to say that I think "C'mon baby, take a seat on the fender, its a long night and tell me what else are you gonna do?" is a line that summarizes a great deal of Bruce's songwriting. Besides, his raising voice sounds awesome on that line, plain and simple.
    differentstrokes5on April 05, 2012   Link

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