lifeblood: songs: lyrics: racing in the street


(as performed solo by amy ray at the earl in atlanta, georgia, december 15, 2009)

i got a sixty-nine chevy with a 396
fuelie heads and a hurst on the floor
she's waiting tonight down in the parking lot
outside the seven-eleven store
me and my partner sonny built her straight out of scratch
and he rides with me from town to town
we only run for the money got no strings attached
we shut 'em up and then we shut 'em down
tonight tonight the strip's just right
i'm gonna to blow em off in my first heat
summer's here and the time is right
for racing in the street

yeah we take all the action we can meet
and we cover all the southern states
and when the strip shuts down we run em in the street
from the fire roads to the interstate
now some folks they just give up living
and they keep dying little by little piece by piece
some folks come home from work and wash up
and go racing in the street
tonight tonight the strip's just right
i gonna blow em all out of their seats
i'm calling out around the world
we're racing in the street

i met her on the strip three years ago
in a camaro with this dude from l.a.
i blew that camaro off my back
and i drove that little girl away
but now there's wrinkles around my baby's eyes
and she cries herself to sleep at night
when i come home the house is dark
she says baby did you make it all right
well she sits out there on her daddy's porch
ah but all her pretty dreams are torn
she stares off alone into the night
with the eyes of one who hates for just being born
for all the shut down strangers hot rod angels
running through this promised land
tonight my baby and me we're gonna ride to the sea
and wash these sins off our hands
tonight tonight the highway's bright
out of our way mister you best keep
cause summer's here and the time is right
for racin' in the street

words and music by bruce springsteen


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