Live 04 Nov 1976 version

[Spoken intro:] Oh man. This is for Ronnie, and, uh, and my jacket for her tonight. This is, uh, it's to everybody, and I want to thank, you know, the grateful supporting the band the way you have. And here's to you from Asbury Park with love.

One, two, three, four

Sandy, the fireworks are hailin' over Little Eden tonight
Forcin' a light into all them stoned-out faces left stranded on this fourth of July
Down in town the Circuit's full with switchblade lovers, so fast, so shiny, and sharp
Them wizards play down on Pinball Way on the boardwalk way past dark
And the boys from the casino dance with their shirts open like Latin lovers along the shore
Chasin' all them silly New York girls

Oh, Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us, girl
The pier lights our carnival life forever
Love me tonight, 'cause I may never see you again
Whoa, oh, oh, Sandy, girl

Well, now the greasers, they tramp the streets or get busted for trying to sleep on the beach all night
Yeah, them boys in their spiked high heels, ah, Sandy, their skin are so white
And me, I just got tired of hangin' in them dusty arcades, oh, and bangin' them pleasure machines
Chasin' the factory girls underneath the boardwalk, where they all promise, friend, to unsnap their jeans
You know that tilt-a-whirl way down on the south beach drag
I got on it last night and my shirt got caught
That Joey kept me spinnin'
I didn't think I'd ever get off

Oh, Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us
The pier lights our carnival life on the water
Running crazy down the beach with my old boss's daughter
Sandy -- got no boss no more

Now, Sandy, the angels have lost their desire for us
You know, I can't figure it out
I spoke to 'em just last night; they said they won't set themselves on fire for us anymore
But every summer when the weather gets hot, they ride that crazy road down from heaven, on their Harleys they come and they go
You see 'em dressed like stars in all the cheap little seashore bars
And parked with their babies out on the Kokomo
Did you hear the cops finally busted Madame Marie for tellin' fortunes better than they do
This boardwalk life for me is through
You know, you ought to quit this scene too

Oh, Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us
The pier lights our carnival life forever
Oh, love me tonight and I promise I'll love you forever
Swear it, Sandy!
Oh, oh, oh
How 'bout it?

Page last updated: 09 Nov 2011


The above lyrics are for the live 04 Nov 1976 performance of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) at Palladium in New York City, NY, during the Lawsuit Tour. The song was played in a full-band arrangement.

Promotional ad for the 1976 six-night stand at Palladium, New York City, NY
[Taken from Brucebase]

Ticket stub for the 04 Nov 1976 show at Palladium, New York City, NY
[Taken from Brucebase]

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Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake).