"Racing in the Streets" as written by and Bruce Springsteen....
I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396
Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor
She's waiting tonight down in the parking lot
Outside the Seven-Eleven store
Me and my partner Sonny built her straight out of scratch
And he rides with me from town to town
We only run for the money, got no strings attached
We shut 'em up and then we shut 'em down

Tonight, tonight the strip's just right
I want to blow 'em off in my first heat
Summer's here and the time is right
For racin' in the street

We take all the action we can meet
And we cover all the northeast state
When the strip shuts down we run 'em in the street
From the fire roads to the interstate
Some guys they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece,
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the street

Tonight, tonight the strip's just right
I want to blow 'em all out of their seats
Calling out around the world, we're going racin' in the street

I met her on the strip three years ago
In a Camaro with this dude from L.A.
I blew that Camaro off my back,
And drove that little girl away,
But now there's wrinkles around my baby's eyes
And she cries herself to sleep at night
When I come home the house is dark
She sighs, "baby did you make it all right,"
She sits on the porch of her daddy's house
But all her pretty dreams are torn,
She stares off alone into the night
With the eyes of one who hates for just being born
For all the shut down strangers and hot rod angels,
Rumbling through this promised land
Tonight my baby and me, we're gonna ride to the sea
And wash these sins off our hands

Tonight, tonight the highway's bright
Out of our way, mister, you best keep
'Cause summer's here and the time is right
For racin' in the street

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"Racing in the Streets" as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General Commentthe perfect song
    sdz896542on June 19, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI agree - a perfect song. It sneaks up on you... just seems to be about a guy who is passionate about his hobby then it builds and develops to an achingly melancholy and redemptive ending for him and his partner.
    eastofeaststlouis7on March 22, 2017   Link
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    Song MeaningIs it possible that the guy driving the Camaro that he "blew off his back" died that night and he's now with that guys girlfriend? Maybe he was in love with her all along and just couldn't stand the guy but their race turned into a tragic accident that they never intended. It would explain her feelings and his and needing to wash the sins away (their guilt and the fact that someone died over their lies/secret love) They know they can't change the way things are now so they just live with it and ride........
    Leslie79on June 05, 2017   Link
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    MemoryMany Springsteen songs are about escaping the grimy reality many of his peers experienced. "Dying little by little by little piece by piece". I listened to the original and the version on the Live 1986 album the day I found out Danny Feredici died and I cried.
    ed10733811on April 20, 2018   Link

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