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Fourth Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) Lyrics

Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Album: The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle

Sandy, the fireworks are hailin' over Little Eden tonight
Forcin' a light into all those stony faces left stranded on this warm July
Down in town the circuit's full of switchblade lovers, so fast, so shiny, so sharp
As 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 on the shore
Chasin' all them silly New York virgins by the score

Sandy, the aurora is risin' behind us
Those pier lights, our carnival life forever
Oh, love me tonight, for I may never see you again
Hey, Sandy girl... my baby

Now the greasers, they tramp the streets or get busted for sleepin' on the beach all night
Them boys in their 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 all promised 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 it kept me spinnin', they didn't think I'd ever get off

Sandy, the aurora is risin' behind us
Those pier lights, our carnival life on the water
Runnin', laughin' underneath the boardwalk with the boss's daughter
I remember, Sandy girl... my baby

Sandy, the waitress I was seein' lost her desire for me
I spoke with her last night, she said she won't set herself on fire for me anymore
She worked that joint under the boardwalk, she was always the girl you saw boppin' down the beach with the radio
Kids say last night she was dressed like a star in one of the cheap little seaside bars, and I saw her parked with her lover boy out on the Kokomo
Did you hear, the cops finally busted Madame Marie for tellin' fortunes better than they do?
For me this carnival life's through-- you ought to quit this scene too

Sandy, the aurora is risin' behind us
Those pier lights, our carnival life forever
Oh, love me tonight and I promise I'll love you forever
Oh, I mean it, Sandy girl
Comments/Interpretations
by JAMK on 7/3/2008 10:47am
What or where is the "Kokomo" that Springsteen refers to here and in a few other song?
by MAB on 7/8/2008 1:44pm
In at least some live performances, Springsteen subtitutes the lyrics about the waitress with lyrics about the angels. Anyone know the significance of this?
by whatisthat on 1/8/2009 6:51am
This guy is sooooo over rated.A 5th grader could have wrote these lyrics.Watching him on story tellers made me realize how much talent he really lacks.
by =] on 3/28/2009 7:39pm
this is one of my favourite springsteen songs.

im a full-blooded jersey girl, its great cause my parents rememeber all the places he talks about.
by GY on 11/10/2009 11:13pm
whatisthat must know 5th graders that are surreal. Doubt he know what that word means. Anyway, very long time fan, heard that song a thousand times, reading the lyrics takes me back to the 70's.
by AJ on 4/28/2010 2:15pm
bruce is the man. he is the best at what he does hands down
by DWR on 5/17/2010 11:40pm
If you have any doubts at all, print out the lyrics to ANY Springsteen song and read them real-time while you listen to the song. Instant cure for doubt. Bruce is one of the best songwriters to ever have graced this planet.
by ABC on 10/19/2010 8:51am
This song is about my piano teacher.
by Dustin Jack on 7/13/2011 9:52pm
Are you kidding me? 5th grader could write this? You try writing a song like this. It's poetry put to music. It has very advanced movement and style with poignant allegories stepped throughout. It can't be reproduced. You had to be a genius and been there. He ended up being a huge star after this cause people didn't know how he did it all they knew is he captured their souls and captivated them. Bruce is the man.
by eveline gaudet on 11/20/2011 10:42am
Just heard this on the classics radio, I don't think I'd heard it since I had the album years ago. So beautiful. Please don't tell the Jersey Shore kids about it. They would not appreciate it.
by gevan on 12/16/2011 2:02am
Takes me back to watching Fourth of July fireworks overhead on the Long Branch Pier in the fog. (There was no pier in Asbury)
by Ltochhong on 2/21/2012 11:54am
for more than 20 years ive been listening this songs. I still could not have too much of it.
by Angela dea on 7/31/2012 3:57pm
Please someone tell my previous boss that I'm not a loser because I named my dog after Elvis and that Bruce Springsteen did not have a child out of wedlock back in highschool. How can one be so shallow and follow such a deep soul and not even get it! It's like quoting the Bible while you are murdering someone's essential being.
by belmargirl on 10/29/2012 4:08pm
whatisthat... "A 5th grader could have wrote these lyrics". Your comment would have more impact if you knew the English language. You are a moron.
by friend of NJ on 10/30/2012 12:57am
Anyone think of this song while "Sandy " came ashore?
by stillloveNJ on 10/30/2012 2:37pm
Yes, I've been thinking about this song for the last few days. I'm listening to it on youtube right now. Heartbreaking.
by Terry L Hicks on 10/30/2012 11:54pm
Yes, surprised I wasn't the only one checking out the lyrics due to the storm. Praying for the hurt people.
by rockFanatic on 10/31/2012 1:52am
I heard this song ONCE on local radio years ago (like "We Run" by Strange Advance), and had to have it. Clearly, this song is incredibly moving, and with recent events seems almost prescient. And if you can listen to "My Home Town" with a dry eye after the storm wiped it all off the map, you haven't been watching the news today.
by beachgirl on 10/31/2012 12:12pm
I haven't been able to get this song out of my mind. Praying for all the people on the shore and am horrified by the pictures of devastation.
by Sue on 10/31/2012 8:07pm
Seeing the greatest poet of our generation in Rochester, NY tonight. I pray he sings this.
by Raymo55 on 11/2/2012 5:21am
The spine tingling irony of Sandy is intense! Have been to those area that are now gone every year or over 50 years and know that Bruce will be a part of the rebuilding sprit!!
by Joe colon on 11/7/2012 2:10am
I think its pretty weird how in 73 this song came out and recently a hurricane is named after "sandy" and in common with the jersey shore
by John Penn on 1/30/2013 3:02am
I was thinking about hurricane Sandy hitting the Jersey coast and wiping out the boardwalk so I came here to remember the boardwalks in South Jersey where I grew up. But this has turned into something bigger since when I put Sandy in the computer, Sandy Hook comes up first. Unbelievable to think of the tragedies of hurricane Sandy and Sandy Hook happening back to back. I sure hope the people in this country learn something from it.


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