Sandy the fireworks are hailin' over Little Eden tonight
Forcin' a light into all those stoned-out faces left stranded on this Fourth of July
Down in town the circuit's full with switchblade lovers so fast so shiny so sharp
And 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 along the shore
Chasin' all them silly New York girls

Sandy the aurora is risin' behind us, the pier lights our carnival life forever
Love me tonight for I may never see you again, hey Sandy girl

Now the greasers they tramp the streets or get busted for trying to sleep on the beach all night
Them boys in their spiked 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 that Joey kept me spinnin' I didn't think I'd ever get off

Oh Sandy the aurora is risin' behind us
The pier lights our carnival life on the water
Runnin' down the beach at night with my boss's daughter
Well he ain't my boss no more Sandy

Sandy the angels have lost their desire for us
I spoke to `em just last night and they said they won't set themselves on fire for us anymore
Every summer when the weather gets hot they ride that road down from heaven on their Harleys they come and they go
And you can see `em dressed like stars in all the cheap little seashore bars parked making love with their babies out on the Kokomo
Well the cops finally busted Madame Marie for tellin' fortunes better than they do
This boardwalk life for me is through
You know you ought to quit this scene too

Sandy the aurora's rising behind us, the pier lights our carnival life forever
Oh love me tonight and I promise I'll love you forever


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4th of July song meanings
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    General Commentsome corrections:

    The title is actually "Sandy (Fourth of July, Asbury Park )"

    In curious, it is "This pier lights..." instead of "The Pier lights"

    First stanza:

    "Forcing a light into all them stony faces left stranded on this warm July."

    "And the boys from the casino dance like with shirts open like Latin lovers on the shore, chasing all them silly New York virgins, trying to score"

    second stanza
    "I got on it last night and my shirt got caught, man it kept me spinning, didn't think I'd ever get off."

    "Running, laughing, 'neath the boardwalk, ah with the bosses daughter"

    third stanza:
    "Sandy, that waitress I was seeing lost her desire for me. I spoke to her last night - she said she won't said herself on fire for me anymore. She worked at 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 those cheap little seaside bars and I saw her parked with loverboy out on the Kokomo.
    Did you hear the cops finally busted Madame Marie for telling fortunes better than they do? For me this boardwalks life's through, babe. You ought to quit this scene too."
    cbaccion July 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe there's only one comment on this song... This is the original Bruce, full of passion and feeling... I love this song so much.

    I LOVE listening to this on a rainy day...
    Mord69on January 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcbacci, the title of the song is "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)".
    wwbon January 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics are of a live version, not the studio version - so that's why there's the difference with the Angels/waitress I was seeing line etc. The version I think it's using is the Hammersmith Apollo '75 version.
    eclecticjoeon February 03, 2011   Link

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