"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
Spread out now Rosie, doctor come cut loose her mama's reins
You know playin' blind man's bluff is a little baby's game
You pick up little dynamite, I'll 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
And Rosie, you're the one

Dynamite's in the belfry, baby, playin' with the bats
Little gun's downtown in front of Woolworth's tryin' out his attitude on all the cats
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 when they wrestle her upstairs, 'cause you know we ain't gonna come
I ain't here on business, baby, I'm only here for fun
And Rosie, you're the one

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

Jack the Rabbit and Weak Knee Willie, don't you know they're gonna be there
Ah Sloppy Sue and Big Bone Billy, they'll be coming up for air
We're gonna play some pool, skip some school
Act real cool, stay out all night, it's gonna feel alright
So Rosie, come out tonight, little baby, come out tonight
Windows are for cheaters, chimneys for the poor
Oh, closets are for hangers, winners use the door
So use it, Rosie, that's what it's there for

Rosalita, jump a little higher
Senorita, come sit by my fire
I just want to be your lover, ain't no liar
Rosalita, you're my stone desire, alright

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
Your papa lowered the boom, he locked you in your room, I'm comin' to lend a hand
I'm comin' 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 that I don't have any money
Oh, so your daddy says he knows that I don't have any money
Well, tell him this is his last chance to get his daughter in a fine romance
Because a record company, Rosie, just gave me a big advance

And my tires were slashed and I almost crashed, but the Lord had mercy
And my machine, she's a dud, out stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Well, 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 all day
You can hear them in the back room strummin'
So hold tight, baby, 'cause don't you know daddy's comin'
Everybody sing

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

Hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey

Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by MarkC4

"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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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 02, 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 11, 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 29, 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 23, 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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