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 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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