"Blinded by the Light" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night

Madman drummers bummers
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
Feeling kinda older, I tripped the merry-go-round
With this very unpleasing, sneezing and wheezing
The calliope crashed to the ground
The calliope crashed to the ground

But she was
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night

Some silicone sister with a manager mister
Told me I got what it takes
She said "I'll turn you on, Sonny, to something strong
Play the song with the funky break"
And go-cart Mozart was checking out the weather chart
To see if it was safe outside
And little early-pearly came by in his Curly-wurly
And asked me if I needed a ride
Asked me if I needed a ride

But she was
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light

She got down but she never got tired
She's gonna make it through the night
She's gonna make it through the night

But, mama, that's where the fun is
But, mama, that's where the fun is
Mama always told me not to look into the eye's of the sun
But, mama, that's where the fun is

Some brimstone baritone anticyclone rolling stone
Preacher from the east
Says, "dethrone the Dictaphone, hit it in it's funny bone
That's where they expect it least"
And some new-mown chaperone was standing in the corner
Watching the young girls dance
And some fresh-sown moonstone was messing with his frozen zone
Reminding him of romance
The calliope crashed to the ground

But she was
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light

She got down but she never got tired
She's gonna make it through the night


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"Blinded by the Light" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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  • +6
    General CommentAs we all know this song was written and originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen.

    youtube.com/… Go listen to it.

    Everyone is putting too much thought into the meanings. I've read most of these posts that go back to 2005 and everyone wants to make it some deep song about drugs or some such.

    Springsteen talked about this song in detail on an episode of VH1 Storytellers. A lot of the references are personal, to include people he knew or had met on the Boardwalks, or had grown up around, or were just direct personal references to himself:
    Madman drummers bummers - Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez, the first drummer in the E Street Band.
    Indians in the summer - Bruce's little league baseball team as a kid.
    In the dumps with the mumps - being sick with the mumps.
    Boulder on my shoulder - a "chip" on his shoulder.
    Some all hot, half-shot, heading for a hot spot, snapping fingers clapping his hands - Being a "know it all kid growing up, who doesn't really know anything."
    "Silicone Sister" - Bruce mentions that this is arguably the first mention of breast implants in popular music - a dancer at one of the local strip joints in Asbury Park.

    He wrote this song in his bedroom, primarily using a rhyming dictionary. Or as Bruce put it, "the rhyming dictionary was on fire."

    songfacts.com/…

    Now quit thinking about it so much.

    ----:)
    interestingthoughtson October 21, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti think the lyrics to this song have caused more confusion to the hoi polloi than just about any other. "is he saying 'wrapped up like a douche'?" hehehehe.
    ramtharon March 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI haven't a clue...I would love to know though? "Wrapped up like a douche, another roter in the night"...that is what I always thought they said. I guess I was wrong. What the hell does this song mean?
    LizaJaneon June 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo, you are mistaken sorry. The song is about partying too hard with coke. 1.Blinded by the light = Pupils dilated 2.Runner = staying up through the night 3.Revved up like a duece = Wired 4. Tripped the merry - go round=Felt so wild 5. Told me I've got what it takes=meaning he's or she's so wild he can do the stuff without dying because it's so strong 6."I'll turn you on..."= Give you something (it's a slang i.e.Turn me on to a joint) 7.,Play the song with the funky break." = Play a song to groove too while they are wired. 8. checkin' out the weather charts to see if it was safe outside = Make sure there are no cops around 9. Early Burly asked me if I needed a ride = Someone early in the morning that wanted to pick him up because he was hitch hiking. 10. She got down but she never got tired = She's not wired anymore but she's not downed either 11. She's gonna make it through the night = She didn't O.D. The lyrics plainly state it, if you know slang.
    misDKfitson September 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment*cough* ahem.

    While I think toastay has the best meaning for this song, my dad (Who was there man, there! when they came out) has informed me that this song didn't have any "intended" meaning at all, other than to be a filler song for concerts. Not to say it doesn't have meaning, obviously. But the meaning wasn't from feeling, is what I'm saying, it was mostly just a filler song.

    Whether you believe it or not is up to you. But he knows classic rock.
    Link-ANWon February 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy don't you people ask the writer of the song, Mr. Bruce Springsteen, instead of pretending Manfred Mann wrote it?
    wwbon November 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know what the author intended to convey. To me, honestly, I always just LOVED singing my heart to this song... I distinctly remember learning the lyrics and just feeling KEWL becuz I knew all the trippy words (gimme a break I was just about 14/15 yrs old. I always liked Bruce's version much better than Mann's...besides I'm a Philly native and Bruce & I were breathing the very same pollution.
    bumbledeeintheavon February 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is just a good song with weird lyrics. whatever they mean its a catchy tune
    mercedesbenzon March 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentK first thing, this song was written by Bruce Springsteen so and it was only a filler song for MMEB in concerts since it was a remake.

    Sadly for Bruce, the song became more popular than the original so nobody listens to his no more.

    Also, it probably does say douche in the song but the correct lyrics are deuce. Its like Stairway to Heaven where "It makes me wonder" only appears once in the lyrics yet is almost said after every verse.
    Mitchincredoon March 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlright this song has nothing to do with cocaine. People only think that because the Manfred Man version was popularized by BLOW (A movie mostly about smuggling drugs and doing lots and LOTS of coke). The song is definitley about growing up; but almost too quickly. "With a boulder on my shoulder, feeling kind of older I tripped the merri-go-round." Pretty much what that means is, with the more weight (pressures, anxieties, most of the shit you grow into) i'm feeling a little bit older (duh) and I missed some of my childhood (merri-go round. In other words "I grew up quickly and I didn't get to be a kid and ride on some retarded LSD crazed pony going in a circle.) The merri-go round does not symbolize drugs like, LSD or coke. It simply symbolizes childhood. SIMPLE.

    Madman dummers bummers,
    Indians in the summer,
    With a teenager diplomat

    The way I see it is that the song could have been written about the sixties peace movement and woodstock. Madman drummers- musicians Bummers- Burnouts? Possibly people experimenting. Indians in the summer- I know that a huge style amongst the counter culture were native american styled clothing. Teenage diplomat- Well a diplomat is like a representative; an ambassador of the sort. At that time in the sixties, the youth represented our longing for humanity in America during the war.

    As far as the rest of the song goes, well, I'm not too sure but that's my take on some parts.
    Jamesvdubon May 09, 2008   Link

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