BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

Live 19 Nov 2006 version


One, two!

Well, 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, feeling 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 heading for the hot spot snapping his fingers clapping his hands
And some fleshpot mascot was tied into a lover's knot with a whatnot in her hand
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"

We were blinded (blinded) blinded (blinded) blinded baby by the light
We were blinded (blinded) blinded (blinded) blinded baby by the light

Some brimstone baritone anti-cyclone rolling stone preacher from the east
[B]Said, "Dethrone the dictaphone, hit it in its funny bone, that's where they expect it least"

Some new-mown chaperone was standing in the corner all alone watching the young girls dance
Some fresh-sown moonstone was messing with his frozen zone to remind him of the feeling of romance

We were blinded (blinded) blinded (blinded) blinded baby by the light
We were blinded (blinded) blinded (blinded) blinded baby by the light
We were blinded (blinded) blinded (blinded) blinded baby by the light
We were blinded (blinded) blinded (blinded) blinded baby by the light
Yeah!

Some silicone sister with her manager's mister told me I got what it takes
Said, "I'll turn you on sonny, to something strong if you play that song with the funky break"
Go-cart Mozart checking out the weather chart to see if it was safe to go outside
Little Early-Pearly came by in her curly-wurly, asked me if I needed a ride
Some hazard from Harvard was skunked on beer playing backyard bombardier
And Scotland Yard was trying hard, sent some dude with a calling card, said, "Do what you like, don't do it here"
Well, I jumped up, turned around, spit in the air, fell on the ground, asked him which was the way back home
Said, "Take a right at the light, keep going straight until night, then you're on your own"

Zanzibar, shooting star, riding in a side car, humming a lunar tune
The avatar said, "Blow the bar but first remove the cookie jar she's gonna teach those boys to laugh too soon"
Some kidnapped handicap was complaining that he caught the clap from some mousetrap he bought last night
I unsnapped his skull cap, between his ears I saw a gap, figured he'd be all right
We were blinded (blinded) blinded (blinded) blinded baby by the light
We were blinded (blinded) blinded (blinded) blinded baby by the light
We were blinded (blinded) blinded (blinded) blinded baby by the light
We were blinded (blinded) blinded (blinded) blinded baby 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

One, two, one, two, three!

Whoa!
(Blinded, blinded, blinded baby by the light
Blinded, blinded, blinded baby by the light)


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 19 Nov 2006 performance of BLINDED BY THE LIGHT at Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, during The Seeger Sessions Tour. The song was played in a radically revamped full-band arrangement. The live 19 Nov 2006 version of BLINDED BY THE LIGHT was released in an edited from on the Live In Dublin album and home video in 2007, with the parts above in bold edited out. The song is listed as a bonus track on the Live In Dublin album release and as a regular track on the home video release where it plays over the rolling credits.

Ticket stub for the 19 Nov 2006 show at Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Ticket stub for the 19 Nov 2006 show at Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
(Taken from Brucebase)

Bruce Springsteen performing BLINDED BY THE LIGHT during the 19 Nov 2006 show at Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland (from the "Live In Dublin" DVD)
Bruce Springsteen performing BLINDED BY THE LIGHT during the 19 Nov 2006 show at Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland (from the "Live In Dublin" DVD)

Live In Dublin

At the end of the Seeger Sessions Tour, the three-night stand at Point Theater in Dublin, Ireland, (17-18-19 Nov 2006) was filmed with nine High Definition cameras. A selection of 23 songs from these three nights was officially released on 05 Jun 2007 on the Live In Dublin album and home video, credited to "Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band". "Seeger" was dropped from the band's name for this release, apparently due to the fact that many of the songs are Springsteen originals from his earlier records, or covers that are not related to Pete Seeger.

Live In Dublin is available in 4 formats: 2-CD set, standard DVD, 2-CD/1-DVD combo set, and Blu-ray disc.

Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band -- Live In Dublin (album cover art)
Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band -- Live In Dublin (album cover art)
Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band -- Live In Dublin (DVD cover art)
Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band -- Live In Dublin (DVD cover art)

The album charted in several countries, but only made it to #1 in Ireland.

Country Chart Peak position
Australia 40
Canada 31
Denmark 5
Ireland 1
Italy 4
New Zealand 14
Spain 3
Sweden 2
The Netherlands 4
UK 21
USA Billboard 200 23

The video was edited by Emmy- and Grammy-winner Thom Zimny, with audio mixed by Bob Clearmountain (including 5.1 surround) and mastered by Bob Ludwig.

Disc 1 (CD release):

  1. ATLANTIC CITY [Live 17 Nov 2006 version]
  2. OLD DAN TUCKER [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]
  3. EYES ON THE PRIZE [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]
  4. JESSE JAMES [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]
  5. FURTHER ON (UP THE ROAD) [Live 17 Nov 2006 version]
  6. O MARY DON'T YOU WEEP [Live 17 Nov 2006 version]
  7. ERIE CANAL [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]
  8. IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]
  9. MY OKLAHOMA HOME [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]
  10. HIGHWAY PATROLMAN [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]
  11. MRS. MCGRATH [Live 17 Nov 2006 version]
  12. HOW CAN A POOR MAN STAND SUCH TIMES AND LIVE? [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]
  13. JACOB'S LADDER [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]

Disc 2 (CD release):

  1. LONG TIME COMIN' [Live 17 Nov 2006 version]
  2. OPEN ALL NIGHT [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]
  3. PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN [Live 17 Nov 2006 version]
  4. GROWIN' UP [Live 17 Nov 2006 version]
  5. WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]
  6. THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]
  7. AMERICAN LAND [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]
  8. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]
  9. LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE [Live 24 Oct 2006 version]
  10. WE SHALL OVERCOME [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]

DVD and Blu-ray releases:

  • All 23 tracks on a single disc

Notes:

  • The last three songs are bonus tracks on the album release and the last two tracks are bonus tracks on the home video releases.
  • All songs were recorded during the three-night stand in Dublin except for LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE which was recorded in Barcelona.
  • Five more songs recorded during the three-night stand in Dublin were exclusively released on the Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band PBS Exclusive promo EP:
    - BOBBY JEAN [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]
    - THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]
    - JOHNNY 99 [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]
    - FOR YOU [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]
    - MY CITY OF RUINS [Live 17 Nov 2006 version].

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of BLINDED BY THE LIGHT on this website:

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Album version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 09 Jan 1973 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 02 Mar 1973 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 31 Oct 1973 (late show) version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 06 Jan 1974 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 07 Apr 1976 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 26 Jun 1993 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 22 Apr 1996 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 23 Oct 1999 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 18 Aug 2001 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 20 Feb 2003 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 06 Aug 2003 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 04 Apr 2005 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 25 Jun 2005 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 11 Nov 2006 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 31 Jul 2008 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 22 Nov 2009 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Live 15 Apr 2014 version]
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT [Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover version]

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