Springsteen wrote this song about his second and current wife, the red-headed Patti Scialfa, whom he married in 1991. She has released a few solo albums, including - Rumble Doll (1993) and 23rd Street Lullaby (2004) - and is a member of the E street band.
Suggestion credit: Josh - Whitehorse, Canada
Well listen up stud Your life's been wasted Til you've got down on your knees and tasted A red headed woman
Yes, this means what you think it does. In concert, Springsteen has said that the song is about cunnilingus.
For the Plugged: In Concert MTV special, Springsteen broke from their acoustic format and played electric (not quite Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, but a statement nonetheless). The E Street Band was on hiatus for this performance, which was released as an album and on video, with this as the first track. When the DVD was released, it contained some additional tracks.