"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 CommentI have always seen this song differently. This song is not about getting out of Atlantic City; it's about getting to Atlantic City in hopes of a new beginning ("Goin' out where the sands turnin' to gold"). The protagonist is a guy from a small, working class town somewhere in Jersey/Pennsylvania/New York. He might owe some money ("Debts that no honest man can pay") so he's running away from that because of the promise of making it in AC. The beginning of the song is a backdrop with the hit of the Philly mob boss Salvatore Testa who had strong ties in AC. Then with the D.A. and the gambling commision. All this is setting a tone.

    The main story is about a guy, as described before, trying to get him and his girlfriend/wife a new, better life. Their relationship isnt good anymore and they are on the brink of poverty but he's going to try and make it work. ("Well our luck may have died and our love may be cold, but with you forever I'll stay.") The lines "Everything dies baby thats a fact, well maybe everything that dies some day comes back" is metaphorical for their life and their love. Atlantic City is suppose to be the promised land. He gets there and gets on the wrong side of the law, probably getting involved in the mob. The hope for a better life is then dead.
    anthony29on January 19, 2009   Link

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