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Q: “Blinded By the Light, Revved Up Like a…” What?

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A: Probably the most misheard lyric of all-time comes from the chorus of the song “Blinded by the Light,” popularized in 1976 by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. We hear: “Blinded by the light, wrapped up like a douche into the rotor in the night.” Obviously, it’s the use of the word douche that catches everyone’s attention. How does a douche get wrapped up, you wonder, and what’s it doing inside a rotor?

Ah, but here’s the rub. The lyric is actually written: “Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night.” Believe it or not, Deuce is actually ‘60s slang for a 1932 Ford, or a “deuce coupe,” which explains why it can be revved up and run. Even more unbelievable, however, is the fact that this infamous lyric was actually penned by none other than Bruce Springsteen and performed on his debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park. Of course, the Boss probably had a curious reaction the first time he heard his deuce coupe suddenly transformed into a feminine hygiene product.

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  • Donnie Marler

    LOL, thank you. I’ve been trying to convince my wife for twenty years that he doesn’t say ‘douche.’ Maybe this will finally get through to her!

    BTW, the last ‘douche’ I saw wrapped up just wouldn’t get with the program and needed worked over. lol. Blanket party!!!

  • Vern Halen

    I finally bought the Roaring Silence a few years back – a terrible album – one great cover song single surrounded by pretensious filler.

  • S.T.M

    Sorry guys, but I must brag that I always knew it was “revved up like a deuce” and “runner in the night” but for the life of me, I could never really bloody work out what came in between, although I always suspected it was “another”. Now I know.

    Thanks. Great band too. (Ooh aah. I’m starting to feel a bit fearful just thinking about some of the things I did listening to the stuff from that era.)

    It wasn’t easy being “green”.

  • I’m still waiting for Hendrix to get done kissing that guy.

  • STM

    Or playing guitar with his tongue ….

  • Salad & Bear

    Tune!!! We always thought that he said “rack off like a douche” – what a great song that would have been! But pleased to finally discover the true meaning of the lyrics. On another note, can anyone fathom the actual meaning of this song as a whole???

  • homey

    It was originally “CUT LOOSE LIKE A DUECE”


    Yes, knowing the correct lyrics is one thing, but what the devil does it all mean??

  • Big Willy

    OK, to whatever know-it-(almost)all that wrote this first gibberish answer, you are incorrect. The lyric “revved up like a deuce” was not “penned” by Bruce Springsteen; Bruce actually wrote it as “cut loose like a deuce”, as Homey has already mentioned. Here it is on Springsteen’s site:
    It wasn’t until Manfred Mann and his crummy cover band bastardized it, that it became “revved up”. Springsteen was referring to a deuce in a deck of cards, as one would throw it away (cut it loose) while playing poker, in hopes of getting a better card. Springsteen was, and still is, one of the most versatile and talented singer/songwriters of all time, as proven by how long he’s been making music and doing concerts. Manfred Mann was a flash-in-the-pan cover band; a 70’s version of michael bolton.
    If you are going to post your answers on the internet like someone of significance, you should do your research first.

  • Ben

    And u should get a life

  • brent

    I thought he was talking about a person putting a bag of crap on a door step and running away while the light is blinding the person opening the door to the burning poop..

  • Ethan

    I know this article was old but i searched this because I was in my car and heard, “Wrapped up like a douche.” When my friends heard the song I started singing those words and they couldn’t believe those were the lyrics. Knowing the real lyrics now, we are all now laughing even harder.

  • Masl18as

    Why this crap version by mumford’s manhood gets played still is the real puzzling mystery.

  • Mark Edward Manning

    I always thought MMEB’s version was a bit dark and creepy. The use of the word “douche” only seemed to highlight that creepiness. God only knows why they changed “cut loose” to “revved up,” since it does change the song’s meaning (if it has one). It’s been theorized that lead singer Chris Thompson’s Kiwi accent is responsible for turning deuce to douche. But it’s weird that MMEB would cover this song as it seems like quite a personal one. Springsteen appears to be venting some frustration in “Blinded …,” that he’s talking about trying to get people at the time to listen to him and the lack of trust involved in the people who would make that happen for him.

  • Heidi

    I am laughing hysterically at Brent’s comment! I like your interpretation of these lyrics the BEST! And Ben is absolutely spot on when he said that Big Willy needs to “get a life.”

  • AJ

    my favorite was when David Letterman interpreted Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean lyrics…. “the chair is not my son….”

  • MJ

    Willy Wanker – Springsteen sucks.

  • molly

    Ha. I always hear “Revved up like a douche, you know,the roamer in the night”

    Why is a douche roaming in the night? I wonder. Thanks for the info ^_^.

  • The original lyrics written by Bruce Springstein were “Cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night” but the words were changed when sung by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. Deuce refers to 1932 Ford Coupe. Originally mentioned in Beach Boys Little Deuce Coupe. It was a hot-rod used for drag racing. Now what would get someone revved-up like the engine of a racing car I will leave to your own imagination….

  • Beejer

    I always thought he said, “. . . dressed up like a Hoosier with a boner in the night.”

  • Snowcat

    I actually have proof that he IS singing douche, in spite of the “official” lyrics. If, as Manfred Mann claims, when he sings the “s” or “soft c” sound it comes out like “sh,” then when he sings “Some silicone sister with her manager mister” it would sound like “shome shilicone shishter with her manager mishter”… but it doesn’t, does it? That proves that he really IS singing “Wrapped up like a douche.” Thank you.

  • Robert Dennis

    I always heard “wrapped up like a douche I should have done ‘er in the night. LOL

  • Winkle

    Snowcat is correct: If you analyze the vocals carefully, the words are “wrapped up like a douche”, so you don’t have to apologize for thinking that’s what you heard.

  • I hear douches.

    I don’t care what the lyrics say. The singer goes so far as to stress the “shhhh” part at the end of “douche”.

    • Octavius Throbtrouser MP

      Absolute crap shovellers!!

      • gordonbrownarse

        I agree Octavius!!!

    • phillyroll

      Yes, it does sound like douche (even though it isn’t). Everyone agrees except the deaf.

    • Quest

      Listen to live versions then. Clearly a deuce there.

  • geraldfnord

    And the original, ‘cut loose like a deuce’ (ditched like a low card in a cards hand) has a beautiful internal rhyme that should have been kept even if they couldn’t understand what it meant.

  • Glabston gleenogs

    what a lotta 8hite!!

  • Glabston gleenogs

    MANURE BAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wokka Quokka

    The whole song is about teenagers discovering sex and maybe drugs, including masturbation, first girl friends, experimenting with drugs, other kinky stuff that you do when you’re innocently young. If you listen to it with that thought it makes a lot of sense. The line here is a masturbation reference (remember when your Mum said don’t do that it’ll make you go blind). Let your imagination go! tender spots, frozen zones, thats where the fun is, and adolescents pumping are the real obvious ones.

  • Wolley Segap

    I don’t see how they could think anything else could have happened when they released this record. The vocalist’s diction is terrible, not only on the “douce” thing, but he comes nowhere close to the short “u” vowel sound in the word “runner. I heard this song last night, the phrase is repeated about 40 times, and on every single one, the pronunciation is clearly “ROH-ner”, and very close to “ROO-ner.” I dunno about others, but it sounds very deliberate to me.

    • Toni

      Totally agree. I thought he said “ruler in the night”.

  • Jason Carpp

    Anyone who would misunderstand the lyrics to a song is either stupid, or they’re deaf. If you listen to the lyrics to the song, I mean really listen, you’ll know that it’s “blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night. Even if you don’t know what a deuce is, you should know “deuce” when you hear it, as opposed to “wrapped up like a douche.” I mean come on, guys. Listen to the lyrics for once.

    • douche lover

      Ur a douche

    • maboza Ritchie

      Stinky nuttpx!!!!!!

  • Toni

    LOL! Finally we know what the lyrics really are. Really Jason? I was only a young kid when I tried to follow this song on the radio and I thought it went, “Revved up like I do another ruler in the night”! I knew it didn’t make sense but I couldn’t for the life of me make out what he was saying and we didn’t have the luxury of the internet back then to look it up and I couldn’t afford to buy the record so just listened on the radio. Brings back great memories!

  • tomtrific

    I don’t doubt that these are probably the most misunderstood lyrics ever (although CCR’s “there’s a bad moon on the rise” (misunderstood as “there’s a bathroom on the right”) has to be a close second. I do seriously doubt, though, that the Boss had a curious reaction the first time he heard his deuce coupe transformed into a feminine hygiene product. Springsteen’s original lyrics were, “cut loose like a deuce”, which had nothing whatsoever to do with a ’32 Ford deuce coupe. “Cut loose like a deuce” is common New York/New Jersey slang for getting rid of anything of near-worthless value, like the deuce (or 2) in a deck of cards–unless you’re playing deuces wild, of course.

    • maboza Ritchie

      Manure bags!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Quest

    It’s wrapped up like a deuce, as the lyric sheet clearly states.

  • bman05

    Keep in mind I was close to a teenager with a teenager mind when I first heard it: “Blinded by the light, wrecked up like a douche in the middle of the night!”. In the late 70’s and early 80’s, all I could do was wonder why this was allowed. Definitely a big topic of discussion among peers when there was no Internet and none of us wanted to pitch in and buy the album to actually read the printed lyrics. “Do you know what a douche is? Really, do you know what it is? Yeah, I know! No, you don’t! I can’t believe you don’t know! Shut up, Butthead!” We were saving our newspaper money to buy rubics cubes, quarters for Asteroid’s and Defender, Nintendo games, and to see Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Indiana Jones for the 7th or 8th time. Oh, and if we could actually wing it, a Sony Walkman. We would hear it on the radio and sing along- with exactly the wrong lyrics and the weirdest, dirtiest we could find that might fit. As a parent now hearing it for the first time, I would be outraged and try and figure it out right away. Back then, our parents were definitely paying less attention to lyrics or most anything we did. Now, kids know what a douche is in the 2nd grade. That might be a good thing.