More songs by Bruce Springsteen

This file is part of a collection that (moreso than the rest of the site) are not meant to be detailed or accurate transcriptions of the original recordings. They're just some simple chord charts that I made for my own use, some of them my own arrangements.
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"RACING IN THE STREET" by Bruce Springsteen
From his 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town
Written be Bruce Springsteen
Transcribed by T-rev

Capo 3

D D4 D   Bm Bm6 Bm   A4 A4,6 A4,7 A4,6   Gadd9

    I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396
    Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor
 /F#      Em
    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 wanna blow 'em off in my first heat
    Summer's here and the time is right
    For racing in the street
We take all the action we can meet
And we cover all the north east state
When the strip shuts down we run 'em in the street
From the fire roads to the interstate
    Some guys they just give up living
    And start dying little by little, piece by piece
    Some guys come home from work and wash up
    And go racing in the street
Tonight, tonight the strip's just right
I wanna blow 'em all out of their seats
We're calling out around the world
We're going racing in the street

C C4 C   Am Am6 Am   G4 G4,6 G4,7 G4,6   Fadd9
C C4 C   Am Am6 Am   D            D7     G

    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 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 sighs "Baby did you make it all right"
    She sits on the porch of her daddy's house
    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 and hot rod angels
Rumbling 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 racing in the street

Transcribed 2020-11-21 by T-rev
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xx0232 D
xx0233 D4
x24432 Bm
x24433 Bm6
x02230 A4
x02232 A4,6
x02233 A4,7
32023x Gadd9
022030 Em7

x32010 C
x32011 C4
x02210 Am
x02211 Am6
32001x G4
320010 G4,6
320011 G4,7
13301x Fadd9

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