Again with the Springsteen–if you’ve ever heard the line

Did you hear the cops finally busted Madame Marie for tellin’ fortunes better than they do?

then now you know what he was talking about.

Yes, Madam Marie is a real person with a real shack on the Asbury Park boardwalk where she tells fortunes (though I believe the legitimacy of this operation was a bit dubious for many years–hence the reference to the cops finally busting her.) This is actually a new building–the original looked like this.

Edit: Madame Marie died June 27, 2008, just 9 days after this was posted. She was 93.