Spread out now Rosie, doctor come cut loose her mama's reins
You know playin' blindman's bluff is a little baby's game
You pick up Little Dynamite, I'm gonna pick up Little Gun
And together we're gonna go out tonight and make that highway run
You don't have to call me lieutenant, Rosie and I don't want to be your son
The only lover I'm ever gonna need's your soft sweet little girl's tongue
Rosie you're the one
Dynamite's in the belfry, baby, playin' with the bats
Little Gun's downtown in front of the Woolworth's, tryin' out his attitude on all the catch
Papa's on the corner waitin' for the bus
Mama she's home in the window waitin' up for us
She'll be there in that chair 'til they wrestle her upstairs
'Cause you know we ain't gonna come
I ain't here for business
I'm only here for fun
And Rosie you're the one

Rosalita jump a little lighter
Senorita come sit by my fire
I just want to be your love, ain't no lie
Rosalita you're my stone desire

Jack the Rabbit and Weak Knees Willie, don't you know they're gonna be there
Ah, Sloppy Sue and Big Bones Billy, they'll be comin' up for air
We're gonna play some pool, skip some school, act real cool
Stay out all night, it's gonna feel all right
So Rosie come out tonight, baby come out tonight
Windows are for cheaters, chimneys for the poor
Closets are for hangers, winners use the door
So use it Rosie, that's what it's there for


Now I know your mama she don't like me 'cause I play in a rock and roll band
And I know your daddy he don't dig me but he never did understand
Papa lowered the boom, he locked you in your room
I'm coming to lend a hand
I'm going to liberate you, confiscate you, I want to be your man
Someday we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny
But now you're sad, your mama's mad
And your papa says he knows that I don't have any money
(oh, your papa says he knows...)
Tell him this is last chance to get his daughter in a fine romance
Because a record company, Rosie, just gave me a big advance

My tires were slashed and I almost crashed but the Lord had mercy
My machine she's a dud, all stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
So hold on tight, stay up all night 'cause Rosie I'm comin' on strong
By the time we meet the morning light I will hold you in my arms
I know a pretty little place in Southern California down San Diego way
There's a little cafe where they play guitars all night and day
You can hear 'em in the back room strummin'
So hold tight 'cause don't you know daddy's comin'


Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by MarkC4

Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) song meanings
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  • +2
    My InterpretationBruce wants to be with a girl named "Rosalita" who keeps calling him "lieutenant" for some damned reason. He implores her to cut that out, it's irritating, and to come outside, and bring her soft sweet little girl's tongue.Being inexperienced she tries to come out through various ill-advised portal-like openings -- the window, the chimney, the closet. Bruce is nonplussed, having to tell her what a door is and how it is to be used. She mistakenly believes he is being metaphorical.

    Rosalita's family is understandably concerned about her life skills and judgment, so has locked her up in her room, but Bruce has recently come into some cash, and aims to take Rosie and her tongue to California.
    MartyIon August 07, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General Commentno comments for rosalita?? what is the world coming to??
    crash&burnon November 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment7 minutes isnt long enough! Bruce himself says it is the best love song he ever wrote! Love it. "Because a record company Rosie, just gave me a big advance!"
    wopbopalubopon December 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWithout a doubt one of my favorite songs. pretty much about a youthful romance.
    oofuson January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of his greatest songs, not much to interpret but this song is amazing
    lozz588on June 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen i first heard this song, it immediately reminded me of Billy Joel's "Only the good die young." it sounds like bruce is trying to get a girl to "come out". one could draw a parallel between the character Rosalita and Virginia in Joel's song.
    reckless1on May 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA pretty simple song to interpret, but amazing nonetheless.
    floydtheater07on August 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is far superior performed live. The version on the 75-85 box set is brilliant and much easier on the ears than the WIESS version, especially with the introduction to the E Street Band in the middle.

    That said, the album version is pretty great!
    nosurrenderon December 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a wonderful song. Beautiful lyrics, excellent playing, compelling delivery. Overlooked as one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time
    sgtpepper4077on May 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think him playing this on friday was a high point of my life possibly the best good times song ever written.

    my favourite recorded version is the one on hammersmith 75 though, brilliant!

    and i'd always assumed only the good die young was talking about the whole state... my bad
    jimboshizzon June 01, 2008   Link

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