Put your makeup on fix your hair up pretty
And meet me tonight in Atlantic City

from Bruce Springsteen – Atlantic City Lyrics on Rap Genius


He is asking her to dress up, because whatever crime he commits will pay well (and in cash) if he survives. They can then go out and have a night on the town.

The act of dressing up– usually associated with happier times– and the seedy activities he is about to commit creates an uneasy juxtaposition that foreshadows an unhappy ending. The looming sense of death makes it seem almost inevitable that this girl will be waiting for somebody who never shows up.

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