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Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) is the second single from Bruce Springsteen's second album The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, released on September 11, 1973. It was released as a single in 1979. This song is considered to Bruce's autobiography from when he finally got a record deal. He considers it to be "A kiss-off to everybody who counted you out, put you down, or decided you weren't good enough." He also considers "Rosalita" to be the best love song he ever wrote. It is also his most popular live song. The first time Bruce performed "Rosalita" live was at Joe's Palace in Boston on January 5, 1974. After appearing on Time and Newsweek in October 1975, he sometimes changed the lyrics during live shows to "Tell your papa I ain't no freak, 'cause I got my picture on the cover of Time and Newsweek."

Lyrics Edit

Spread out now Rosie, doctor come cut loose her mama's reins
You know playin' blindman's bluff is a little baby's game
You pick up Little Dynamite, I'm gonna pick up Little Gun
And together we're gonna go out tonight and make that highway run
You don't have to call me lieutenant Rosie and I don't want to be your son
The only lover I'm ever gonna need's your soft sweet little girl's tongue
Rosie you're the one
Dynamite's in the belfry playin' with the bats
Little Gun's downtown in front of Woolworth's tryin' out his attitude on all the cats
Papa's on the corner waitin' for the bus
Mama she's home in the window waitin' up for us
She'll be there in that chair when they wrestle her upstairs
'Cause you know we ain't gonna come
I ain't here for business
I'm only here for fun
And Rosie you're the one

Rosalita jump a little lighter
Senorita come sit by my fire
I just want to be your love, ain't no lie
Rosalita you're my stone desire

Jack the Rabbit and Weak Knees Willie, you know they're gonna be there
Ah, sloppy Sue and Big Bones Billie, they'll be comin' up for air
We're gonna play some pool, skip some school, act real cool
Stay out all night, it's gonna feel all right
So Rosie come out tonight, baby come out tonight
Windows are for cheaters, chimneys for the poor
Closets are for hangers, winners use the door
So use it Rosie, that's what it's there for

Rosalita jump a little lighter
Senorita come sit by my fire
I just want to be your love, ain't no lie
Rosalita you're my stone desire

Now I know your mama she don't like me 'cause I play in a rock and roll band
And I know your daddy he don't dig me but he never did understand
Papa lowered the boom, he locked you in your room
I'm comin' to lend a hand
I'm comin' to liberate you, confiscate you, I want to be your man
Someday we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny
But now you're sad, your mama's mad
And your papa says he knows that I don't have any money
Tell him this is his last chance to get his daughter in a fine romance
Because the record company, Rosie, just gave me a big advance
My tires were slashed and I almost crashed but the Lord had mercy
My machine she's a dud, I'm stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Hold on tight, stay up all night 'cause Rosie I'm comin' on strong
By the time we meet the morning light I will hold you in my arms
I know a pretty little place in Southern California down San Diego way
There's a little cafe where they play guitars all night and day
You can hear them in the back room strummin'
So hold tight baby 'cause don't you know daddy's comin'

Music Video Edit

A live performance of "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", recorded on July 8, 1978, during the Darkness Tour, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona, was released as the official music video in 1988. It was directed by Arnold Levine. The original MTV version of the video featured band intros, but they were later edited out.

Bruce Springsteen - Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)07:38

Bruce Springsteen - Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

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