BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

Live 02 Mar 1973 version

One, two, three, four

Hey!

Oh, 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
Young Scott with a slingshot finally found a tender spot and throws his lover in the sand
And some fleshpot mascot was tied into a lover's knot with a whatnot in her hand
And some bloodshot forget-me-not whispers, "Daddy's within earshot, save the buckshot, turn up the band"

And we were blinded by the light
Cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
He got down but he never got tight, he's gonna make it alright

Some brimstone baritone anti-cyclone rolling stone preacher from the east
He said, "Dethrone the dictaphone, hit it in its funny bone, that's where they expect it least"
Some new-mown chaperone stands in the corner all alone watchin' the young girls dance
Some fresh-sown moonstone was messin' with his frozen zone to remind him of the feeling of romance

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

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'll play that song with the funky break"
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, asked me if I needed a ride
Oh, some hazard from Harvard was skunked on beer playin' backyard bombardier
And Scotland Yard was trying hard, they sent some dude with a calling card, said, "Do what you like, but don't do it here"
So I jumped up, turned around, spit in the air, fell on the ground
Asked him which was the way back home
He said, "Take a right at the light, keep goin' straight until night, and then, boys, you're on your own"

Now in Zanzibar a shootin' star was ridin' in a side car hummin' a lunar tune
The avatar said, "Blow the bar but first remove the cookie jar we're gonna teach them boys to laugh too soon"
Some kidnapped handicap was complainin' that he caught the clap from some mousetrap he bought last night
Well I unsnapped his skull cap, between his ears I saw a gap and 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
He got down but he never got tight, he's gonna make it a-a-a-a-alright

He was just blinded by the light
Whoa, 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) alright
(I was blinded) oh 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) I was blinded
I was blinded


Page last updated: 07 Aug 2010

Info

The above lyrics are for the live 02 Mar 1973 performance of BLINDED BY THE LIGHT at Berkeley Community Theatre in Berkeley, CA, during the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour. The song was played in a full-band, album style arrangement.

The 02 Mar 1973 Show

This was a double-bill show, with Bruce Springsteen opening for headliners Blood, Sweat & Tears. A 7-song soundboard recording in circulation among collectors is believed to be the complete 02 Mar 1973 performance.


Ticket stub for the 02 Mar 1973 show at Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA
[Taken from Brucebase]

Promotional ad for the 02 Mar 1973 show at Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA
[Taken from Brucebase]

02 Mar 1973 concert setlist:

  1. LOST IN THE FLOOD
  2. SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
  3. WILD BILLY'S CIRCUS STORY
  4. BISHOP DANCED
  5. DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET
  6. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
  7. THUNDERCRACK

Available Versions

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

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake). Some of the above information is taken from Brucebase.