Live 12 May 2003 version

[Spoken intro:] Thank you! This is a, uh, song I've gotten a few requests for, we don't play it much, we haven't played it in a long time, but I'm gonna give it a shot for, uh, that little girl outside the hotel there, Renee. This was off our, uh, second album, an album called The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle. All right! (laughs) What did I tell you? You cheer me on a little bit, how's that?

Sandy, fireworks are hailin' over Little Eden tonight
Forcin' a light into all of them stoned-out faces left stranded on this fourth of July
Down in town the Circuit's filled with switchblade lovers, so fast, so shiny, and sharp
And the 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

Well, Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us
Yeah, the pier lights our carnival life forever
Yeah, love me tonight, for I, I may never see you again
Hey, Sandy, girl
Hey, Sandy, girl

Now the greasers, well, they tramp the streets or get busted for trying to sleep on the beach all night
Them boys in their spiked high heels, yeah, Sandy, their skins are so white
Well, me, I just got tired of hangin' in them dusty arcades, yeah, and bangin' them pleasure machines
Chasin' the factory girls underneath the boardwalk, where they promise 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
And that Joey kept me spinnin'
I didn't think I'd ever get off

Yeah, Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us
The pier lights our carnival life on the water
Yeah, laughing 'neath the boardwalk with my old boss's daughter
He ain't my boss no more, baby

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

Yeah, Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us
The pier lights our carnival life forever
Yeah, love me tonight and I promise I'll love you forever
Hey, Sandy, girl
Yeah, my baby

Page last updated: 04 Dec 2011


The above lyrics are for the live 12 May 2003 performance of 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY) at Koning Boudewijn Stadion in Brussels, Belgium, during The Rising Tour. The song was played in a slightly slowed down full-band arrangement.

Ticket stub for the 12 May 2003 show at Koning Boudewijn Stadion, Brussels, Belgium
[Taken from Brucebase]

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