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Viva Las Vegas
Bruce Springsteen Lyrics


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Bright light city
Gonna set my
Soul
Gonna set my
Soul on fire
There's a whole
Lot a money just
Ready to burn so
Get those stakes
Up higher
There's a
Thousand pretty
Women just
Waitin' out there
They're all livin'
Devil may care
And I'm just the
Devil with love to
Spare
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas

How I wish that
There were more
Than 24 hours in
A day
But even if there
Were 40 more I
Wouldn't sleep a
Minute away
There's blackjack,
Poker and the
Roulette wheel
A fortune won
And lost on
Every deal
All you need is
Money and
Nerves of steel
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas
With your neon
Flashing
And your
One-armed
Bandits crashing
All your
Hopes down the
Drain
Viva Las Vegas
Turning day into
Night time turnin'
'Night into day
Time if you've seen it once you'll
Never be the
Same again

Gonna keep on
The run
I'm gonna have
Me some fun
If it costs me
My very last
Dime
If I wind up
Broke well I'll
Always remember
That I had a
Swinging time
I'm gonna give it
Everything I got
Lady Luck won't
You let the dice
Stay hot
Let me shoot a
Seven with every
Shot
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Viva
Las Vegas
Busted
Solo out

Overall Meaning

The song Viva Las Vegas is often seen as an anthem of the Las Vegas party scene, with its high-energy lyrics and fast-paced melody. It reflects the glamour and excitement of Las Vegas and the thrill of gambling. The lyrics revolve around the idea of having fun and taking risks, with lines like "Gonna keep on the run, I'm gonna have me some fun, if it costs me my very last dime". This theme is reinforced by the repeated use of the phrase "Viva Las Vegas" and the reference to the city's bright lights and flashy casinos.


The song is also infused with a sense of longing and escapism. The singer seems to be seeking a temporary escape from his mundane reality and everyday life. He wishes there were more hours in the day so he could keep gambling and having fun, and he sees himself as a devil-may-care rebel with "love to spare". The sense of urgency in the song's fast-paced tempo and soaring melody reinforces the idea that this escapism is fleeting and must be taken advantage of while it lasts.


Overall, Viva Las Vegas is a celebration of the excitement and danger of Las Vegas, as well as a commentary on the human desire for escape and the allure of taking risks.


Line by Line Meaning

Bright light city
Las Vegas is a dazzling and busy city, filled with lights and excitement.


Gonna set my
Coming to Las Vegas will have a profound effect on me.


Soul
My inner being.


Gonna set my
Again, reiterating that the experience will be powerful and transformative.


Soul on fire
I will be roused and exhilarated by Las Vegas.


There's a whole
There is an immense amount of money that is waiting to be spent.


Lot a money just
There is an abundant and staggering amount of money that could be yours.


Ready to burn so
The money being offered is almost screaming to be spent.


Get those stakes
To take full advantage of the benefits offered, you need to increase your money bets.


Up higher
If you want a shot at winning big, you need to be willing to wager more money.


There's a
In addition to the promise of wealth, there are other pleasures waiting for you.


Thousand pretty
Beautiful women.


Women just
These women crave excitement and value new experiences.


Waitin' out there
These women are just waiting for someone to come and sweep them away with exuberance.


They're all livin'
These women live a risk-taking and exciting lifestyle every day.


Devil may care
Life seems unimportant to them.


And I'm just the
I, too, embody the carefree nature of these women.


Devil with love to
But despite this, I am still filled with an intense passion for life and for others.


Spare
I have romantic interest that needs to be shared.


Viva Las Vegas
Hooray for Las Vegas! Let's celebrate this opportunity and seize the day!


How I wish that
It is a lament, acknowledging that there is not enough time to fully absorb all the Las Vegas has to offer.


There were more
Even if I had more time in this city, it still would not be sufficient.


Than 24 hours in
The time constraint is limited to the length of a day which has only 24 hours.


A day
A 24-hour span of time.


But even if there
However, even if the day were longer, I would still not be willing to waste time sleeping.


Were 40 more I
The additional hours will not make any difference to me because I will spend it all in Las Vegas.


Wouldn't sleep a
I wouldn't rest because I don't want to miss the opportunity to enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer.


Minute away
I want to be present and fully involved the entire time I am here.


There's blackjack,
I am listing the various ways to gamble and potentially win money in Las Vegas.


Poker and the
Nothing is left to chance; I have to determine the odds and determine how much money to bet.


Roulette wheel
Games are played on this machinery, which is a tool for gambling.


A fortune won
There is an opportunity to make a huge amount of money and become wealthy.


And lost on
However, there is also the risk of losing all your money in one bet.


Every deal
The stakes are high in a gambling game, and winning or losing money depends on luck and strategy.


All you need is
Gambling is straightforward; all you need is enough money to get started and the bravery to take risks.


Money and
You need money to gamble, plus emotional strength and steel determination, to withstand the possible high stakes loss.


Nerves of steel
It would take tremendous confidence, strength, and patience to make the most of gambling opportunities in Las Vegas.


Viva Las Vegas
Reiterating the song’s excitement for Las Vegas.


Viva Las Vegas
Reiterating the song’s excitement for Las Vegas.


Viva Las Vegas
Hooray for Las Vegas!


With your neon
Describing the neon lights, which is one of the defining characteristics of Las Vegas.


Flashing
The lights are pulsing and intense.


And your
The songs moves into the topic of gambling winnings and losses associated with it.


One-armed
The one-armed bandits are gambling games that are typically played using a slot machine.


Bandits crashing
The imagery emphasizes the thrill of the game as well as the risk associated with it.


All your
We move back into the actions that can be taken in Las Vegas.


Hopes down the
People gambling have high hopes to winning big based on their bets, but it could also result in a huge disappointment, with everything going down the drain


Drain
The money for gambling is all gone.


Viva Las Vegas
Reiterating the song’s excitement for Las Vegas.


Turning day into
Las Vegas has an internal clock of its own, one that does not correspond to the natural day/night cycle.


Night time turnin'
This implies that the sun may have set but it’s not necessarily nighttime yet; the night time can transform into day time due to how long the fun at Vegas lasts.


'Night into day
Day time and night time will blend into one at Las Vegas.


Time if you've seen it once you'll
If you have been to Las Vegas one time, it’s likely been enough to convince you to come back again and again.


Never be the
It's unlikely that things will be the same for you after your first trip to Las Vegas.


Same again
After attending this most entertaining and exhilarating place, normal life may feel too dull and monotonous.


Gonna keep on
This line implies that the singer would not let the opportunities pass them by.


The run
The leading of an energetic and adventurous life.


I'm gonna have
Another reiteration of the singer's eagerness to act with youthful enthusiasm.


Me some fun
An intent to have light-spirited entertainment to have everyday experiences feel like a dream come true.


If it costs me
Even if I have to spend all my money, I will enjoy these experiences because they are priceless.


My very last
I will not be dissuaded by the possibility of losing everything I have worked for.


Dime
A small amount of money.


If I wind up
Even if I turn out to be penniless in the end, I won’t regret anything because I had fun and I enjoyed myself.


Broke well I'll
Without money to spare.


Always remember
The memories that I have after the adventure in Vegas will stay with me for a lifetime.


That I had a
The author is simply documenting that they had the time of their life, no matter what the cost was.


Swinging time
Implies that the time spent in Las Vegas was full of vivacity, life, and vitality.


I'm gonna give it
The singer is going to gamble with everything they have, of fortune, a love interest in the song, and ultimately his spirit.


Everything I got
The line exacerbates their commitment to giving their all and for taking every remaining chance.


Lady Luck won't
The mysterious symbol of Lady Luck or fortune, has a role to play in the singer's life.


You let the dice
The dice or cards are the most iconic objects of gambling, and the singer is asking the luck or the fortune that the dice will land in his favor.


Stay hot
The singers are hoping for a streak of winning bets one after the other as long as the gamble lasts.


Let me shoot a
Playing dice, one sub-section in gambling, and after rolling the dice, the shooter may win or lose; the singer is urging the gambler's goddess of fortune to side with them in the game.


Seven with every
Shooting those dice can come up with all sorts of combinations of numbers, the best outcome is when a seven comes up.


Shot
It shows how serious the singer is about winning, as every bet shoot the dice would matter.


Viva Las Vegas
The singer instigates a call to life, excitement, enjoyment, and celebration for all-time in Las Vegas.


Viva Las Vegas
Reiterating the song’s excitement for Las Vegas.


Viva Las Vegas
This serves as a chant; a call for celebration, enjoyment, and experience in Las Vegas.


Viva Viva
Viva is a cheer, so double Viva symbolizes that Las Vegas deserves double the cheer and excitement.


Las Vegas
The city is exciting, lively with the potential for good fortune, and worth celebrating.


Busted
This word provides a sense of finality to the song, as if acknowledging the end of the adventure.


Solo out
This line provides a musical note to signal the end of the song.




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman

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