*12.29 - BLINDED BY THE LIGHT (Manfred Mann's Earth Band)

Manfred Mann's Earth Band



        Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce,
        Another runner in the night

Madman drummers bummers, 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 the stereo pleasin' and sneezin' and wheezin’, the calliope crashed
to the ground.

        [Chorus (4x)]

Some silicone sister with a manager mister told me I got what
it takes.
She said "I'll turn you on sonny to something strong.
Play the
song with the funky break."
And go-cart Mozart was checkin' out the weather charts to see
if it was safe outside.
And little Early-birdy came by in his curly-wurly and asked me
if I needed a ride.

        [Chorus (10x) sung simultaneously with all A verses below]

[Repeat 1st verse]

Now Scott with a slingshot finally found a tender spot
and throws his lover in the sand.
And some bloodshot forget-me-not said daddy's within earshot
save the buckshot, turn up the band.

Some silicone sister with a manager mister told me I got what it takes.
She said "I'll turn you on sonny to something strong…”

                She got down but she never got tired.
                She's gonna make it through the night.

Blinded by the Light was the first song on, and first single from, Bruce Springsteen's 1973 debut album Greetings from Asbury Park N.J. Springsteen's original song was unsuccessful, and failed to appear on the music charts. The Manfred Mann version in 1977 would prove to be Springsteen’s only number one U.S. single as a songwriter to date, though Dancing in the Dark reached the #2 position in 1984. The song is written in very long twenty-syllable lines, and rolls through rhymes in a manner similar to Bob Dylan in his 1965 Subterranean Homesick Blues.

The song is notable for lead vocalist Chris Thompson’s garbled enunciation, especially in the phrase revved up like a deuce [meaning an old deuce coupe racecar]. Thompson took liberties with Springsteen’s lyrics, changing the above from the original cut loose like a deuce. It ended up coming across on the radio as wrapped up like a douche. Springsteen is shown in a VH1 Storytellers video saying “I have a feeling that is why the song skyrocketed to Number One.” Thompson cut verses up and eliminated others for the Manfred Mann single, singing some of these lyrics (while a few lines are introduced for the first time) during repetitions of the chorus. Midway through repetition of the second verse, he interrupts the advice of the record manager's silicone sister in the lyric by introducing a “funky break”—a C section out of nowhere—rather than leaving her to talk about it, thus closing out the recording. Manfred Mann, for a second time (the first being Bob Dylan’s Mighty Quinn) realized surrealistic lyrics that were originally in a folk rock context and put them in a psychedelic music setting, thus making another Top Ten hit on both sides of the Atlantic.