ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)

Live 10 May 1988 version

[Spoken intro:] Ladies and gentlemen, I must give you fair warning: a few minutes ago, I lost my mind!

Spread out now, Rosie, doctor come cut loose her mama's reins
You know playin' that blind man's bluff is a little baby's game
You pick up Little Dynamite, well, I'm gonna pick up Little Gun
Together we're gonna go out tonight, make that highway run
You don't have to call me lieutenant, just don't call me Boss!
The only lover I'm ever gonna need's your soft sweet little girl's tongue
You're the one, baby!
I love you, honey!
That's right!

And whoah, Dynamite's in the belfry, babe, playin' with the bats
Little Gun's downtown in front of Woolworth's, tryin' out his attitude on all the cats
Papa's on the corner, waiting for the bus
Mama's home in the window, waitin' up there for us
She'll be there in that chair 'til they wrestle her upstairs, you know that we ain't gonna come
'Cause I ain't here on business, I'm only here for
[Crowd:] Fun!
Can you stand it, baby?

Rosalita, jump a little lighter
Senorita, come sit by my fire
I just want to be your lover, ain't no liar
Rosie, you're my stone desire

Oh, oh, oh, oh
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

Jack the Rabbit, Weak Knees Willie, you know they're gonna be there
Big Man, there's gonna be Sloppy Sue and your personal self, they're comin' up for air, baby
We're gonna play some pool, skip some school, act real cool
Stay out all night
[Crowd:] It's gonna feel all right
Rosie, come out tonight, come on with me out tonight
Ah, windows are for cheaters, chimneys for the poor
Closets are for hangers, winners, baby, use the door, now
Yeah, that's right
That's what I say
One more day
Oh!

Rosalita, jump a little lighter
Senorita, come sit by my fire
I just want to be your lover, ain't no liar
Rosie, you're my stone desire

Bring it up!

I know your mama, she don't like me 'cause I play in a rock and roll band
I know your pop don't dig me, he never did understand
Papa lowered the boom, locked you in your room
I'm coming to lend a hand
Hey!
I want to liberate you, confiscate you, I want to be your man
Someday we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny
But now your mama's mad
(Your papa says he knows that I don't have any money)
He says what?
(Papa says he knows that I don't have any money)
He says who?
(Papa says he knows that I don't have any money)

Ah, this is his last chance to get his daughter in a fine romance
The record company, baby... Ooh, baby!
My tires were slashed, I almost crashed, the Lord had mercy
My machine, she's a dud, out stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Hold on tight, stay up all night, Rosie, I'm comin' on strong
By the time we meet the morning light, I will hold you in my arms
I know a pretty little place in Southern California down San Diego way
A little café, they play guitars all night and day
They can—you can hear 'em in the back room strummin'
Hold tight, girl, don't you know I'm coming
Everybody say!
Now's the time, baby!
Everybody, now!
Whoa!

Rosalita, jump a little lighter
Senorita, come sit by my fire
I just want to be your lover, ain't no liar
Rosie, you're my stone desire
Oh, oh, oh, oh
La, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la

(Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey!)


Page last updated: 29 Apr 2012

Info

The above lyrics are for live 10 May 1988 performance of ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) at Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, MN, during the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour. The song was played in a traditional full-band arrangement.

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Credits

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