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Manfred Mann’s ‘Blinded By The Light’ Explained [VIDEOS]

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Have you ever listened to a song on the radio and thought to yourself “what are they talking about?”  Me too. Manfred Mann’s “Blinded By The Light” has mystified me for as long as I can remember. So I’ve done a lil research.

Manfred Mann did not write this song. Bruce Sprinsteen did. “Blinded By The Light” was the 1st song on his 1st album, “Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.”

According to, many of this song’s lyrics are personal references to people he knew, had grown up with, or made music with.

Here are a few example lyrics:

  • Indians in the summer – Bruce’s little league baseball team.
  • Madman drummers bummers – Vinnie “mad dog” Lopez, the 1st drummer in the East Street Band.
  • Silicone Sister – a dancer at a local strip club in Asbury Park.
  • And last, but not least, revved up like a duece is a reference to a 1932 Ford hotrod. No, it’s not douche.

The song flopped for Bruce, but it was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in 1976.

What do you think? Was the song about what you thought it was? Were you even close? I know I wasn’t!

Take a look at both version of the song — who’s do you like more?

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Blinded by the Light’

Manfred Mann – ‘Blinded by the Light’

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