ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)

Live 29 Apr 2003 version

Bruce Springsteen (spoken intro):I, I'm gonna be impressed if Johnny's got all these chords, that's all I can say. That shows some grit. Are we ready? We have a mighty task in front of us. I think we can do it.

Bruce Springsteen:Whoa, spread out now, Rosie, doctor come cut loose her mama's reins
You know playin' 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, we'll make that highway run
You don't have to call me lieutenant, Rosie, and I don't want to be your son
The only lover I'm ever gonna need's your soft sweet little girl's tongue
You're the one!

Jon Bon Jovi:Oh, Dynamite's in the belfry, baby, playin' with the bats
Little Gun's downtown in front of Woolworth's, tryin' out his attitude on all the cats
Now, papa's on the corner, waiting for the bus
Mama, she's home in the window, waitin' up there for us
Bruce Springsteen:She'll be there in that chair 'til they wrestle her upstairs, you know we ain't gonna come
I ain't here on business, baby
Jon Bon Jovi:I'm only here for fun
Springsteen and Bon Jovi:You're the one!

Springsteen and Bon Jovi:Rosalita, jump a little lighter
Senorita, come sit by my fire
I just want to be your lover, ain't no liar
Oh, Rosie, you're my stone desire
Bruce Springsteen:Whoa!

Bruce Springsteen:Jack the Rabbit, Weak Knees Willie, you know they're gonna be there
Jon Bon Jovi:Ah, gonna be Sloppy Sue and Big Bones Billy, they're comin' up for air
Bobby Bandiera:We're gonna play some pool, skip some school, act real cool
Stay out all night, it's gonna feel all right
Jon Bon Jovi:Oh, Rosie, come out tonight, Rosie, come out tonight
Windows are for cheaters, and chimneys for the poor
Closets are for hangers, yeah, winners use the door
Use it, Rosie! That's what it's there for!

Springsteen and Bon Jovi: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

Bobby Bandiera:I know your mama, she don't like me 'cause I play in a rock and roll band
Jon Bon Jovi:I know your daddy don't dig me, he never did understand
Bruce Springsteen:Papa lowered the boom and locked you in your room
I'm coming to lend a hand
I want to liberate you, confiscate you, I want to be your man
Bobby Bandiera:Someday we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny
Jon Bon Jovi:Now you're sad, your mama's mad
Your papa says he knows that I don't have any money
Papa says he knows that I don't have any money
Papa says he knows that I don't have any money

Bruce Springsteen:This is his last chance to get his daughter in a fine romance
Record company, Rosie, gave me a big advance!
My tires were slashed and I almost crashed, the Lord had mercy
My machine, she's a dud, out stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Jon Bon Jovi:You gotta hold on tight, stay up all night, well, Rosie, I'm comin' on strong
Bobby Bandiera:By the time we meet the morning light I will hold you in my arms
Jon Bon Jovi:I know a pretty little place in Southern California down San Diego way
Bruce Springsteen:A little café
Bobby Bandiera:They play the same thing all night and day
Jon Bon Jovi:You can see 'em in the back room strummin'
Hold tight, girl, don't you know I'm coming
Everybody say
(Ohhh!)
Do that! Do that! Come on!
Whoa!

Springsteen and Bon Jovi: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

Bruce Springsteen:Rrrrrr! Hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo!

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

Bruce Springsteen (spoken outro):Yes!


Page last updated: 13 May 2012

Info

The above lyrics are for the live 29 Apr 2003 performance of ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) at Count Basie Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ, during "The Hope Concert" benefit. The song was played in a full-band rendition backed by the Max Weinberg 7, including horns, and featuring Jon Bon Jovi and Bobby Bandiera on shared lead vocals and guitar.


Ticket stub for the 29 Apr 2003 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
[Taken from Brucebase]

"The Hope Concert" was a benefit for Robert Bandiera Jr., son of Bobby Bandiera, who suffers from a rare neurological disorder and requires full time care. Along with Bobby Bandiera and his band, the concert featured Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Max Weinberg 7, Southside Johnny, and others.


Promotional poster for the 29 Apr 2003 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

Bobby Bandiera is a New Jersey guitarist and songwriter whose relationship with Bruce Springsteen dates back to the early eighties, when Bandiera was the front man of Cats On A Smooth Surface. The band was throughout the eighties the house band at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. They backed Springsteen on drop-in appearances mostly at The Stone Pony but also at other clubs around the Jersey Shore. Bandiera was reportedly considered for the guitarist position in the E Street Band for the Born In The USA Tour in 1984 when Steve Van Zandt left the band, but this position went to Nils Lofgren. Bandiera joined Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes in 1985, and continued to perform with Springsteen at various off-tour shows, including club appearances, benefit concerts, and Holiday shows. Bandiera remains one of Springsteen's most frequent non-E Street Band musical mates.

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

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