Jay And The Americans - COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER 

First performance: 22/07/1975


Coverinfo

Bruce has occasionally sung the first couple lines of Come a little closer as an intro to Rosalita (Come out tonight) throughout his career :
 
" In a little cafe just the other side of the border, ..She was just sitting there givin' me looks that made my mouth water"
 
 
 
  •  Born To Run Tour
 
  • Born In The U.S.A. Tour

  • The river tour  
 
 
2011-01-29 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
Additionally, Come a little bit closer was performed in full once, during a private fundraiser for Ranney School of Tinton Falls. Bruce is backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band, plus Max Weinberg on drums .Southside Johnny sharing lead vocals.
 

Songinfo

"Come a Little Bit Closer" is a song by the 1960s rock and roll band Jay and the Americans. It reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964, making it the band's highest charting single. It remains their most popular song, according to Last.fm song rankings. The single served as a comeback for the group, who had not had a hit in some time. It was written by songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, as well as Wes Farrell, and became Boyce and Hart's first top 10 hit. Jay and the Americans also recorded a Spanish version of the song, in which, due to a poor translation, the final punch line is missing.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

In a little cafe just the other side of the border
She was a-sitting there a-giving me looks that make my mouth water
So I started walking her way
She belonged to Bad Man Jose
And I knew, yes, I knew I should leave
Then I heard her say, yeah, yeah

Come a little bit closer, you're my kind of man
So big and so strong
Come a little bit closer, I'm all alone
And the night is so long

So we started to dance
In my arms, she felt so inviting
That I just couldn't resist
A-just a-one little kiss, so exciting
Then I heard the guitar player say
"Vamoose, Jose's on his way"
Then I knew, yes, I knew I should run
But then I heard her say, yeah, yeah

Come a little bit closer, you're my kind of man
So big and so strong
Come a little bit closer, I'm all alone
And the night is so long

When the music stopped
When I looked, the cafe was empty
Then I heard Jose say
"Man, you know you're in trouble plenty"
So I dropped my drink from my hand
And through the window I ran
And as I rode away
I could hear her say to Jose, yeah, yeah

Come a little bit closer, you're my kind of man
So big and so strong
Come a little bit closer, I'm all alone
And the night is so long

La, la, la, la, la, la, la (closer)
La, la, la, la, la, la, la (closer)
Ho, ho, la, la (closer)
La, la, ho (closer)
Oh, my, my...