Bruce Springsteen: Rosalita Meaning
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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...
anonymous Jun 28th, 2017 6:25am report
Bruce wants to be with a girl named "Rosalita" who keeps calling him "lieutenant" for some reason. He tells her to cut that out, it's irritating, and to come outside, and bring her soft sweet little girl's tongue. Being inexperienced, she tries to come out through various ill-advised portal-like openings -- the window, the chimney, the closet. Bruce is exasperated, having to tell her what a door is and how it is to be used. She mistakenly believes he is being metaphorical.
Rosalita's family is understandably concerned about her life skills and judgment, so has locked her up in her room, but Bruce has recently come into some cash, and aims to take Rosie and her tongue to California.
The song is, of course, about a young rocker falling in love with a girl named Rosalita but her parents don't approve of the relationship. Tying into many of the themes of The Boss' songs at this time, it is about freedom. Also, Bruce has been quoted about his feelings toward this song. Rosalita is a real person who actually broke his heart. He did not play this song live in concert for quite some time out of respect for her. Needless to say, the song has been since added back to the set list (especially at his Jersey venues!).
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