Diana Lozito Bruce’s Rosalita an Crazy Janey
Diane was with her boy friend “Wild Billy” a law student
and he asked her go to a concert of a band somewhere in
Asbury Park. He knew the guitar player Bruce Springsteen,
who played like Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, he said.
Billy introduced her to Bruce.
It was 1971 (in 1971 Bruce’s band names were: Steel Mill,
Dr. Zoom & the Sonic Boom, Sundance Blues Band,
The Bruce Springsteen Band.)
Wild Billy turns up in the title of the song:
‘Wild Billy’s Circus Storey’ and in ‘Spirit in the Night’.
Here she tells the story, unfortunately
some French woman is translating it.
‘Spirit in the Night’ is about the beginning of the
relation with Diane. He kissed her behind a rock on
the beach and the next day he showed her the line:
‘She kissed me just right. Like only a lonely angel can.’
She was Crazy Janey. In the song they were making love
in de dirt, but later Diane tells they were only kissing then,
because she was scared of getting busted by Billy.
The song ‘Rosalita’ is about Bruce asking her parents
permission to go and live together. But her father had
been a musician, and said: all musicians are bums.
Her mother wanted her to stay with the law student.
Now, I know your mama, she don’t like me, ’cause I play in a rock and roll band
And I know your daddy, he don’t dig me, but he never did understand
Well, tell him this is his last chance to get his daughter in a fine romance
‘Cause a record company, Rosie, just gave me a big advance
Nothing rhymes with Diana, Bruce said, so he took the name
of her grandmother, who he also had met, Rose Lozito,
pronounced als Rose Lazita, and there was: Rosalita.
They broke up in 1975 because she was working
as a photographer’s assistant and attending college
and Bruce wanted her to go on the road with him.