"Little girl, put on your best dress
cause we're going out on the town tonight.
Better bring along a switchblade,
Cause for sure some fool's gonna wanna fight." - "Take "Em As They Come", Tracks
This is one of those cheesy Springsteen lines you just kinda have to chuckle at. Here you have a guy who clearly likes a girl and wants to impress her with a night on the town. But just in case things get a little out of hand, he tells her to bring a switchblade. You know, in case they get into a little hand-to-hand combat with some of the other locals. Maybe he's trying to impress the girl, by showing a little bit of an element of danger, or maybe he's being honest and really is telling her she needs protection. Either way, I can't imagine it worked out well for them. But hey what do I know? I'm the single guy. Perhaps I'll start making weapons a prerequisite for a date.