Blinded by the Light
Bruce Springsteen Lyrics


Madman drummers bummers and Indians in the summer
With a teenage diplomat
In the dumps with the mumps
As the adolescent pumps his way into his hat
With a boulder on my shoulder, feelin' kinda older
I tripped the merry-go-round
With this very unpleasing sneezing and wheezing
The calliope crashed to the ground

Some all-hot half-shot was headin' for the hot spot
Snappin' his fingers, clappin' his hands
And some fleshpot mascot was tied into a lover's knot
With a whatnot in her hand
And now young Scott with a slingshot
Finally found a tender spot and throws his lover in the sand
And some bloodshot forget-me-not whispers
Daddy's within earshot, save the buckshot, turn up the band

And she was blinded by the light
Oh, cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
She got down but she never got tight
But she'll make it alright

Some brimstone baritone anti-cyclone
Rolling stone preacher from the East
He says, dethrone the dictaphone
Hit it in its funny bone, that's where they expect it least
And some new-mown chaperone was standin' in the corner all alone
Watchin' the young girls dance
And some fresh-sown moonstone was messin' with his frozen zone
To remind him of the feeling of romance

Yeah, he was blinded by the light
Oh, cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
He got down but he never got tight, but he's gonna make it tonight

Some silicone sister with her manager's mister
Told me I got what it takes
She said, I'll turn you on, sonny
To something strong if you'll play that song with the funky break
And Go-Cart Mozart was checkin' out the weather chart
To see if it was safe to go outside
And little Early-Pearly came by in her curly-wurly
And asked me if I needed a ride

Oh, some hazard from Harvard was skunked on beer
Playin' backyard bombardier
Yes, and Scotland Yard was trying hard
They sent some dude with a calling card
He said, do what you like, but don't do it here
Well, I jumped up, turned around, spit in the air
Fell on the ground and asked him which was the way back home
He said, take a right at the light
Keep goin' straight until night
And then, boy, you're on your own

And now in Zanzibar
A shootin' star was ridin' in a side car
Hummin' a lunar tune
Yes, and the avatar said, blow the bar
But first remove the cookie jar
We're gonna teach those boys to laugh too soon
And some kidnapped handicap was complainin'
That he caught the clap from some mousetrap he bought last night
Well, I unsnapped his skull cap and between his ears
I saw a gap and figured he'd be alright

He was just blinded by the light
Cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
Mama always told me not to look into the sights of the sun
Oh, but Mama, that's where the fun is
Ooh yeah
I was blinded
I was blinded
I was blinded
I was blinded
I was blinded
I was blinded
I was blinded
I was blinded
I was blinded

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Written by: Bruce Springsteen

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Lyrics


Madman drummers bummers and Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat
With a boulder on my shoulder, feelin' kinda older, I tripped the merry-go-round
With this very unpleasing sneezing and wheezing, the calliope crashed to the ground
Some all-hot half-shot was headin' for the hot spot, snappin' his fingers, clappin' his hands
And some fleshpot mascot was tied into a lover's knot with a whatnot in her hand
And now young Scott with a slingshot finally found a tender spot and throws his lover in the sand
And some bloodshot forget-me-not whispers, daddy's within earshot, save the buckshot, turn up the band
And she was blinded by the light
Oh cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
She got down but she never got tight, but she'll make it alright
Some brimstone baritone anti-cyclone rolling stone preacher from the East
He says, dethrone the dictaphone, hit it in its funny bone, that's where they expect it least
And some new-mown chaperone was standin' in the corner all alone, watchin' the young girls dance
And some fresh-sown moonstone was messin' with his frozen zone to remind him of the feeling of romance
Yeah, he was blinded by the light
Oh, cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
He got down but he never got tight, but he's gonna make it tonight
Some silicone sister with her manager's mister told me I got what it takes
She said, I'll turn you on, sonny, to something strong if you play that song with the funky break
And Go-Cart Mozart was checkin' out the weather chart to see if it was safe to go outside
And little Early-Pearly came by in her curly-wurly and asked me if I needed a ride
Oh, some hazard from Harvard was skunked on beer, playin' backyard bombardier
Yes, and Scotland Yard was trying hard, they sent some dude with a calling card, he said, do what you like, but don't do it here
Well, I jumped up, turned around, spit in the air, fell on the ground and asked him which was the way back home
He said, take a right at the light, keep goin' straight until night, and then, boy, you're on your own
And now in Zanzibar, a shootin' star was ridin' in a side car, hummin' a lunar tune
Yes, and the avatar said, blow the bar but first remove the cookie jar, we're gonna teach those boys to laugh too soon
And some kidnapped handicap was complainin' that he caught the clap from some mousetrap he bought last night
Well, I unsnapped his skull cap and between his ears I saw a gap but figured he'd be all right
He was just blinded by the light
Cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
Mama always told me not to look into the sights of the sun
Oh, but Mama, that's where the fun is
Ooh yeah
I was blinded
I was blinded
I was blinded
I was blinded
I was blinded
I was blinded
I was blinded
I was blinded



Sunlion

Springsteen wrote "Blinded by the Light" after most of the others on Greetings were finished and is also one of the few songs for which Springsteen wrote the words before arranging the music. The song itself contains many lyrical (and therefore obscure) references such as:


* "Madman drummers bummers" - Vinnie "Mad Dog" Lopez, the first drummer in the E Street Band.
* "Indians in the summer" - Bruce's little league baseball team as a child.
* "In the dumps with the mumps" - being sick with the mumps.
* "Boulder on my shoulder" - a "chip" on his shoulder.
* "Some all hot, half-shot, heading for a hot spot, snapping fingers clapping his hands" - Being a "know it all kid growing up, who doesn't really know anything."
* “Silicone Sister” - Bruce mentions that this is arguably the first mention of breast implants in popular music - recalling a dancer at one of the local strip joints in Asbury Park.
He wrote this song in his bedroom, primarily using a rhyming dictionary. Or as Bruce put it, "the rhyming dictionary was on fire."



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Wavelength

So many comparisons with Manfred Mann's version, but to me they're two totally different songs that happen to share the same lyrics. Bruce's version is warm with hints of Vaudeville and folk tunes, the cover is cool and sounds of futuristic, spacey pop. Naturally you'll like one or the other more, but if you can't appreciate them both as good songs, you're missing out on a lot of musical pleasure.

mrgmusicclass

I like them equally as different songs

L.S.69.1917

Go hug a fucking Tree douche!

OrAngeAnArchy

True, it reminds me of other songs i like that didint know are popular and are covers ie: torn by imbruglia, and whitney houstons I will always love you.

Lord Garmadon259

I like Manfred Mann's far better.

Skankhunt42

I like your style of thinkings

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Gr8ful4Crypto

This has to be the most difficult song to sing a long with in human history.

adam da Silva

“We didn’t start the fire” by Billy Joel, but yes agreed

yom yawo

It shows...

Christian B

I can guarantee there is some rap songs 5 times more difficult to sing than anything in the comments for this thread. And ironically, for that reason, no rap song should be included in this particular comparison. (which no one on here has done yet, except someone mentioning Informer by Snow.....if we can even call that rap). And if anyone says that rap isn't really singing, well, it's debatable.

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