Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

Album: The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle (1973)
  • Spread out now Rosie, doctor come cut loose her mama's reins
    You know playin' blind man's bluff is a little baby's game
    You pick up little dynamite, I'll 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
    And Rosie, you're the one

    Dynamite's in the belfry, baby, 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 on business, baby, I'm only here for fun
    And Rosie, you're the one

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

    Jack the Rabbit and Weak Knee Willie, don't you know they're gonna be there
    Ah Sloppy Sue and Big Bone Billy, they'll be coming up for air
    We're gonna play some pool, skip some school
    Act real cool, stay out all night, it's gonna feel alright
    So Rosie, come out tonight, little baby, come out tonight
    Windows are for cheaters, chimneys for the poor
    Oh, closets are for hangers, winners use the door
    So use it, Rosie, that's what it's there for

    Rosalita, jump a little higher
    Senorita, come sit by my fire
    I just want to be your lover, ain't no liar
    Rosalita, you're my stone desire, alright

    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
    Your 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
    Oh, your papa says he knows that I don't have any money
    Oh, so your daddy says he knows that I don't have any money
    Well, tell him this is his last chance to get his daughter in a fine romance
    Because a record company, Rosie, just gave me a big advance

    And my tires were slashed and I almost crashed, but the Lord had mercy
    And my machine, she's a dud, out stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
    Well, 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 all day
    You can hear them in the back room strummin'
    So hold tight, baby, 'cause don't you know daddy's comin'
    Everybody sing

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

    Hey hey hey hey
    Hey hey hey hey
    Hey hey hey hey
    Hey hey hey hey Writer/s: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 27

  • Carol Lozito from CaHi,

    Just as my sister Diane said that song was about her. So is SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT. She is CRAZY JANEY because Bruce said nothing rhymed with Diane.

    Anyway, they were a wild pair!

    Carol Lisa Lozito,
    "Painter for the Endangered Species" tm
  • Rosalita from California UsaBruce Springsteen and I are the same age. My name is Rosalita. It is so unusual, especially when he wrote the song. I have always wondered why he picked the name. My father named me for the song "Rosalita" a 1942 song performed by Al Dexter and His Troopers.
    Rosalita Young Moog
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyAs stated above, on January 5th 1974, Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band appeared in concert at Joe's Place in Boston, Massachusetts...
    The fourteenth of the fifteen songs in his set list that night was "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)"...
    And as of today {Jan. 5th, 2016} the last time Bruce has done it live was on February 26th, 2014 at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 27th 1979, Bruce Springsteen's first video, "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", had its world premiere on the United Kingdom’s BBC-TV program 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'...
    The video was a live performance that was taped on July 8th, 1978 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ during the 'Darkness on the Edge of Town Tour'...
    Personal note: Four months after the video was taped, on November 14th, 1978, he played in my hometown of Utica, NY; I missed the show because my 7-year-old son was sick.
  • Katie from Wayne, PaI too thought Rosalita was named for 'Rosa 'a Lima', namesake of his old parish! Yay Rich from Ky, the other original 'Bruce Freak' from Freehold I knew always shut me down on this possibility. Bruce Rocks, always will(haha)
  • Nate from New York, NyThis song kicks all asses.
  • Maranda from New Castle, DeI love this song--and I couldn't help but notice some of his lyrics may have been inspired by my favorite poet Gwendolyn Brooks. The lines about skipping school and playing pool are reminiscent of Brooks' poem "The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel." Springsteen is a great musician and Brooks is a great poet, so I enjoyed the riff.
  • Rich from Winchester, KyOne of my favorite Bruce Springsteen songs. Lived in Freehold NJ and always though that the song was a play on words. The story was Bruce had trouble at the local Catholic school St Rose of Lima and this was his way of letting the local church and school he made it. Again, just my interpretation.
  • Eddie from Middletown, NjWe all know it's a love song about him and a girl, but a little background info. My mom's good friend's older sister dated Bruce back when he was trying to get his music career started. He was your typical tough guy band member, so her parents didn't like him too much. It makes me wonder if it was the basis for this song...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn the above Song Fact they said that Bruce didn't like the 'Boss' tag. I once read that he got called this because when he was in his early band he was the one to got most the their gigs booked and he also made sure that the bands got paid. Any truth to this???
  • Caetano from New York, NyIt's the story of a young man growing up and falling in love. He is facing the challenges of starting his own life and taking a chance. He's begging to take a chance and he's asking for her to take that chance with him "together were gonna go out tonight and make that highway run." This story is aimed at the 20 something year old, but I think that the line "I'm comin' to lend a hand
    I'm comin' to liberate you, confiscate you, I want to be your man" applies to all ages. It is a song that transcends age, gender and time, and ultimately it is a great love song that captures all the thrill, fear, risk and courage that falling in love takes.

  • John from Columbus, Ohthis song is a ton of fun to sing.
  • Bruce from Johnstown, PaNot the best song but it is very likeable
  • Goober from Hell, NySpringstein is the best Jew ever
  • Madison from Norway, MeJust wanted to put this out there: Not everyone who comes from Jersey likes the Jersey Shore (ugh--my niece got e-coli twice from swimming in that petrie dish of pestilence), Bon Jovi, Springsteen or the Sopranos....and I hate Rosalita!!!
  • George from Baltimore, MdThis was THE first Springsteen song I ever heard, back when I was a freshman in college in Philly in the fall of 1974. I had never heard of Bruce Springsteen before that. After Rosalita, I was hooked to this day, and now my 17-year old son is a huge Springsteen fan.
  • Chad from Eagan, MnCertainly Bruce's best fast, happy song. His best slow, sadder song is "The River". Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) has so much energy and bravado. It keeps pushing harder and harder, and when you think it's dying out, it comes back faster than ever. It's a song about getting your girl out of the grasp of her controlling parents and having some fun.

    I especially love that verse starting with "and my tires were slashed, and I almost crashed but the lord had mercy". Theres just so much power and happiness in that song, especially in that part.
  • Garrett from Nashville, TnBy far, his greatest song.
  • Ace from Ceasd, MtI agree with Pat. Bruce matured alot in his older stuff but his original music was amazing and kicked ass. It was amazing rock and roll and the pinnacle of music. I find this song alot like Blinded By the Light, but better!
  • Deo from Annandale, VaThe BEST Bruce song EVER!!! The only song that is as great as it is Jungleland.
  • Ben from Antwerpen, BelgiumThe greatest Rock and Roll song ever. And one of the best songs of Bruce Springsteen. It is just impossible to stand still when this song is playing. And I play it a lot.
  • Deo from Annandale, VaI love this song soooooo much. It's one of my favorite Bruce songs.
  • Scott from Chicago, Ilthis song is a pure homage to rock and roll.....
    and being discovered....and realizing you can make a living doing it....
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScYeah... great song!
  • Joe from Cleveland, OhBest song ever!!!!!!!
  • Tyler from Hamilton, CanadaSpringsteen calls this " The greatest love song I ever wrote"
  • Pat from Stony Brook, NyI think this is Springsteen's best song. It's underrated and overshadowed by songs from his later albums that made him a star. Just an opinion...
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