"Atlantic City" as written by and Bap/mc Quade Kennedy....
Well they blew up the chicken man in Philly last night
Now they blew up his house too
Down on the boardwalk they're gettin' ready
For a fight gonna see what them racket boys can do

Now there's trouble busin' in from outta state
And the D.A. can't get no relief
Gonna be a rumble out on the promenade and
The gamblin' commission's hangin' on by the skin of its teeth

Well now everything dies baby that's a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty
And meet me tonight in Atlantic City

Well I got a job and tried to put my money away
But I got debts that no honest man could pay
So I drew what I had from the Central Trust
And I bought us two tickets on that Coast City bus

Now baby everything dies baby that's a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Put your makeup on fix your hair up pretty
And meet me tonight in Atlantic City

Now our luck may have died and out love may be cold
But with you forever I'll stay
We're goin' out where the sand's turnin' to gold
Put on your stockin's 'cause the night's getting' cold
And maybe everything dies that's a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back

Now I been lookin' for a job but it's hard to find
Down here it's just winners and losers
And don't get caught on the wrong side of that line
Well I'm tired of comin' out on this losin' end
So honey last night I met this guy
And I'm gonna do a little favor for him

Well I guess everything dies baby that's a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Fix your hair up nice, fix yourself up pretty
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City


Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Atlantic City" as written by Bruce Springsteen

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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    General CommentEveryone keeps nibbling at the edges and getting parts of it. I believe, this is the definitive explanation of the meaning of this song.

    Backdrop:
    At the time this song was written Atlantic City, after decades of decay, was in the beginning stages of a re-birth due to the legalization of Casino Gambling (first Casino opened in 1978). All who opposed and even some who were in favor of Atlantic City gambling saw it as the "easy way out" or "any port in a storm" to the economic woes of Atlantic City.

    The person in the song serves at a personal symbolic embodiment of this "choice" Atlantic City made. For example, The song talks about the fact that despite saving money he could not keep up with his debts. This is symbolic of Atlantic City as a whole and its financial condition prior to the Casinos.

    In the end, instead of making the harder choices the main character takes the "path of least resistance" and does a "favor" for the mob. This is allegorical with Atlantic City did.

    The song of one of Springsteen in his highest form because of these two layers woven so organically. From the standpoint of literature, I see this song a poetic masterpiece for this reason. The more personal and detailed he is about the main character, the more he says about the allegory. So the more he draws you into this man, personally, the more you can more viscerally understand the real realities facing Atlantic City itself.

    Today Atlantic City is richer and has "come back" but the question is whether it was worth it. The song does not answer this question. It simply paints the picture of what was happening.

    Ultimately, the song is BOTH about the man and the choices we face but also a real quality commentary on a big Jersery of that day. One should not detract from the other, but only add to the understanding of each.
    Albacheeseron May 21, 2008   Link

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