Down on the boardwalk they're gettin' ready for a fight

from Bruce Springsteen – Atlantic City Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Springsteen grew up in New Jersey and played many of his first shows along the Jersey Shore. He saw beach towns like Asbury Park, with it’s famous boardwalk, as representative of the working-culture characters he wished to portray.

Asbury Park was a frequent subject in his work, even becoming the subject of his first album title.

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