Album Info Track List

Clocking in at 40 songs and 3 CDs (and five vinyl records!), this insanely anticipated career-spanning set was a treasure chest for fans thirsting for a document of ten years of E Street shows. Bonus: It includes cuts such as “Fire” and “Because the Night,” live favorites that had yet to see the light of day on an official release.

  • Released:
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Producers: Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Bruce Springsteen
  • 1 Thunder Road

    Lyrics

    The screen door slams
    Mary's dress waves
    Like a vision she dances across the porch
    As the radio plays
    Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
    Hey that's me and I want you only
    Don't turn me home again
    I just can't face myself alone again
    Don't run back inside
    darling you know just what I'm here for
    So you're scared and you're thinking
    That maybe we ain't that young anymore
    Show a little faith, there's magic in the night
    You ain't a beauty but hey you're all right
    Oh and that's all right with me

    You can hide 'neath your covers
    And study your pain
    Make crosses from your lovers
    Throw roses in the rain
    Waste your summer praying in vain
    For a savior to rise from these streets
    Well now I'm no hero
    That's understood
    All the redemption I can offer, girl
    Is beneath this dirty hood
    With a chance to make it good somehow
    Hey what else can we do now
    Except roll down the window
    And let the wind blow back your hair
    Well the night's busting open
    These two lanes will take us anywhere
    We got one last chance to make it real
    To trade in these wings on some wheels
    Climb in back, heaven's waiting on down the tracks
    Oh come take my hand
    We're riding out tonight to case the promised land
    Oh Thunder Road, oh Thunder Road
    oh Thunder Road
    Lying out there like a killer in the sun
    Hey I know it's late we can make it if we run
    Oh Thunder Road, sit tight, take hold
    Thunder Road

    Well I got this guitar
    And I learned how to make it talk
    And my car's out back
    If you're ready to take that long walk
    From your front porch to my front seat
    The door's open but the ride ain't free
    And I know you're lonely
    For words that I ain't spoken
    But tonight we'll be free
    All the promises'll be broken
    There were ghosts in the eyes
    Of all the boys you sent away
    They haunt this dusty beach road
    In the skeleton frames of burned-out Chevrolets

    They scream your name at night in the street
    Your graduation gown lies in rags at their feet
    And in the lonely cool before dawn
    You hear their engines roaring on
    But when you get to the porch they're gone on the wind
    So Mary climb in
    It's a town full of losers
    And I'm pulling out of here to win.

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  • 2 Adam Raised a Cain

    Lyrics

    In the summer that I was baptized
    my father held me to his side
    As they put me to the water
    he said how on that day I cried
    We were prisoners of love, a love in chains
    He was standin' in the door I was standin' in the rain
    With the same hot blood burning in our veins
    Adam raised a Cain

    All of the old faces
    ask you why you're back
    They fit you with position
    and the keys to your daddy's Cadillac
    In the darkness of your room
    your mother calls you by your true name
    You remember the faces, the places, the names
    You know it's never over it's relentless as the rain
    Adam raised a Cain

    In the Bible Cain slew Abel
    and East of Eden he was cast
    You're born into this life paying
    for the sins of somebody else's past
    Daddy worked his whole life for nothing but the pain
    Now he walks these empty rooms looking for something to blame
    You inherit the sins, you inherit the flames
    Adam raised a Cain

    Lost but not forgotten, from the dark heart of a dream
    Adam raised a Cain

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  • 3 Spirit in the Night

    Lyrics

    Crazy Janey and her mission man were back in the alley tradin' hands
    'long came Wild Billy with his friend G-man all duded up for Saturday night
    Well Billy slammed on his coaster brakes and said anybody wanna go on up to Greasy Lake
    It's about a mile down on the dark side of route eighty-eight
    I got a bottle of rose so let's try it
    We'll pick up Hazy Davy and Killer Joe and I'll take you all out to where the gypsy angels go
    They're built like light
    and they dance like spirits in the night (all night) in the night (all night)
    Oh, you don't know what they can do to you
    Spirits in the night (all night), in the night (all night)
    Stand right up now and let it shoot through you

    Well now Wild young Billy was a crazy cat and he shook some dust out of his coonskin cap.
    He said, "Trust some of this it'll show you where you're at, or at least it'll help you really feel it"
    By the time we made it up to Greasy Lake I had my head out the window and Janey's fingers were in the cake
    I think I really dug her 'cause I was too loose to fake
    I said, "I'm hurt." She said, "Honey let me heal it".
    And we danced all night to a soul fairy band
    and she kissed me just right like only a lonely angel can
    She felt so nice, just as soft as a spirit in the night (all night)
    In the night (all night). Janey don't know what she do to you
    Like a spirit in the night (all night), in the night (all night)
    Stand right up and let her shoot through me.

    Now the night was bright and the stars threw light on Billy and Davy
    dancin' in the moonlight
    They were down near the water in a stone mud fight
    Killer Joe gone passed out on the lawn
    Well now Hazy Davy got really hurt, he ran into the lake in just his socks and a shirt
    Me and Crazy Janey was makin' love in the dirt singin' our birthday songs
    Janey said it was time to go
    So we closed our eyes and said goodbye to gypsy angel row, felt so right
    Together we moved like spirits in the night, all night
    Baby don't know what they can do to you
    Spirits in the night, all night
    Stand right up and let it shoot right through you

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  • 4 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

    Lyrics

    Sandy the fireworks are hailin' over Little Eden tonight
    Forcin' a light into all those stoned-out faces left stranded on this Fourth of July
    Down in town the circuit's full with switchblade lovers so fast so shiny so sharp
    And the wizards play down on Pinball Way on the boardwalk way past dark
    And the boys from the casino dance with their shirts open like Latin lovers along the shore
    Chasin' all them silly New York girls

    Sandy the aurora is risin' behind us
    The pier lights our carnival life forever
    Love me tonight for I may never see you again
    Hey Sandy girl

    Now the greasers they tramp the streets or get busted for trying to sleep on the beach all night
    Them boys in their spiked high heels ah Sandy their skins are so white
    And me I just got tired of hangin' in them dusty arcades bangin' them pleasure machines
    Chasin' the factory girls underneath the boardwalk where they promise to unsnap their jeans
    And you know that tilt-a-whirl down on the south beach drag
    I got on it last night and my shirt got caught
    And that Joey kept me spinnin' I didn't think I'd ever get off

    Oh Sandy the aurora is risin' behind us
    The pier lights our carnival life on the water
    Runnin' down the beach at night with my boss's daughter
    Well he ain't my boss no more Sandy

    Sandy, the angels have lost our desire for us
    I spoke to 'em just last night and they said they won't set themselves on fire for us anymore
    Every summer when the weather gets hot they ride that road down from heaven on their Harleys they come and they go
    And you can see 'em dressed like stars in all the cheap little seashore bars parked making love with their babies out on the Kokomo
    Well the cops finally busted Madame Marie for tellin' fortunes better than they do
    This boardwalk life for me is through
    You know you ought to quit this scene too

    Sandy the aurora's rising behind us, the pier lights our carnival life forever
    Oh love me tonight and I promise I'll love you forever

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  • 5 Paradise by the "C"

    Lyrics

    (Instrumental)

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  • 6 Fire

    Lyrics

    I'm driving in my car, I turn on the radio
    I'm pulling you close, you just say no
    You say you don't like it, but girl I know you're a liar
    'Cause when we kiss, Fire

    Late at night I'm takin' you home
    I say I wanna stay, you say you wanna be alone
    You say you don't love me, girl you can't hide your desire
    'Cause when we kiss, Fire

    You had a hold on me, right from the start
    A grip so tight I couldn't tear it apart
    My nerves all jumpin' actin' like a fool
    Well your kisses they burn but your heart stays cool

    Romeo and Juliet, Samson and Delilah
    Baby you can bet their love they didn't deny
    Your words say split but your words they lie
    'Cause when we kiss, Fire

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  • 7 Growin' Up

    Lyrics

    I stood stone-like at midnight suspended in my masquerade
    I combed my hair till it was just right and commanded the night brigade
    I was open to pain and crossed by the rain and I walked on a crooked crutch
    I strolled all alone through a fallout zone and came out with my soul untouched
    I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd but when they said "Sit down" I stood up.
    Ooh-ooh growin' up

    The flag of piracy flew from my mast, my sails were set wing to wing
    I had a jukebox graduate for first mate, she couldn't sail but she sure could sing,
    I pushed B-52 and bombed 'em with the blues with my gear set stubborn on standing
    I broke all the rules, strafed my old high school, never once gave thought to landing,
    I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd but when they said "Come down" I threw up
    Ooh-ooh growin' up

    I took month-long vacations in the stratosphere and you know it's really hard to hold your breath.
    I swear I lost everything I ever loved or feared, I was the cosmic kid in full costume dress
    Well, my feet they finally took root in the earth but I got me a nice little place in the stars
    And I swear I found the key to the universe in the engine of an old parked car
    I hid in the mother breast of the crowd but when they said "Pull down" I pulled up
    Ooh-ooh growin' up. Ooh-ooh growin' up

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  • 8 It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City

    Lyrics

    I had skin like leather and the diamond-hard look of a cobra
    I was born blue and weathered but I burst just like a supernova
    I could walk like Brando right into the sun
    Then dance just like a Casanova
    With my blackjack and jacket and hair slicked sweet
    Silver star studs on my duds like a Harley in heat
    When I strut down the street I could hear its heartbeat
    The sisters fell back and said "Don't that man look pretty"
    The cripple on the corner cried out "Nickels for your pity"
    Them gasoline boys downtown sure talk gritty
    It's so hard to be a saint in the city

    I was the king of the alley, mama, I could talk some trash
    I was the prince of the paupers crowned downtown at the beggar's bash
    I was the pimp's main prophet I kept everything cool
    Just a backstreet gambler with the luck to lose
    And when the heat came down it was left on the ground
    The devil appeared like Jesus through the steam in the street
    Showin' me a hand I knew even the cops couldn't beat
    I felt his hot breath on my neck as I dove into the heat
    It's so hard to be a saint when you're just a boy out on the street

    And the sages of the subway sit just like the living dead
    As the tracks clack out the rhythm their eyes fixed straight ahead
    They ride the line of balance and hold on by just a thread
    But it's too hot in these tunnels you can get hit up by the heat
    You get up to get out at your next stop but they push you back down in your seat
    Your heart starts beatin' faster as you struggle to your feet
    Then you're outa that hole and back up on the street

    And them South Side sisters sure look pretty
    The cripple on the corner cries out "Nickels for your pity"
    And them downtown boys sure talk gritty
    It's so hard to be a saint in the city

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  • 9 Backstreets

    Lyrics

    One soft infested summer me and Terry became friends
    Trying in vain to breathe the fire we was born in
    Catching rides to the outskirts tying faith between our teeth
    Sleeping in that old abandoned beach house getting wasted in the heat
    And hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
    With a love so hard and filled with defeat
    Running for our lives at night on them backstreets

    Slow dancing in the dark on the beach at Stockton's Wing
    Where desperate lovers park we sat with the last of the Duke Street Kings
    Huddled in our cars waiting for the bells that ring
    In the deep heart of the night to set us loose from everything
    to go running on the backstreets, running on the backstreets
    We swore we'd live forever on the backstreets we take it together

    Endless juke joints and Valentino drag where dancers scraped the tears
    Up off the street dressed down in rags running into the darkness
    Some hurt bad some really dying at night sometimes it seemed
    You could hear the whole damn city crying blame it on the lies that killed us
    Blame it on the truth that ran us down you can blame it all on me Terry
    It don't matter to me now when the breakdown hit at midnight
    There was nothing left to say but I hated him and I hated you when you went away

    Laying here in the dark you're like an angel on my chest
    Just another tramp of hearts crying tears of faithlessness
    Remember all the movies, Terry, we'd go see
    Trying to learn how to walk like heroes we thought we had to be
    And after all this time to find we're just like all the rest
    Stranded in the park and forced to confess
    To hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
    We swore forever friends on the backstreets until the end
    Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets

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  • 10 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

    Lyrics

    Spread out now Rosie, doctor come cut loose her mama's reins
    You know playin' blindman's bluff is a little baby's game
    You pick up Little Dynamite, I'm gonna pick up Little Gun
    And together we're gonna go out tonight and make that highway run
    You don't have to call me lieutenant Rosie and I don't want to be your son
    The only lover I'm ever gonna need's your soft sweet little girl's tongue
    Rosie you're the one
    Dynamite's in the belfry playin' with the bats
    Little Gun's downtown in front of Woolworth's tryin' out his attitude on all the cats
    Papa's on the corner waitin' for the bus
    Mama she's home in the window waitin' up for us
    She'll be there in that chair when they wrestle her upstairs
    'Cause you know we ain't gonna come
    I ain't here for business
    I'm only here for fun
    And Rosie you're the one

    Rosalita jump a little lighter
    Senorita come sit by my fire
    I just want to be your love, ain't no lie
    Rosalita you're my stone desire

    Jack the Rabbit and Weak Knees Willie, you know they're gonna be there
    Ah, sloppy Sue and Big Bones Billie, they'll be comin' up for air
    We're gonna play some pool, skip some school, act real cool
    Stay out all night, it's gonna feel all right
    So Rosie come out tonight, baby come out tonight
    Windows are for cheaters, chimneys for the poor
    Closets are for hangers, winners use the door
    So use it Rosie, that's what it's there for

    Rosalita jump a little lighter
    Senorita come sit by my fire
    I just want to be your love, ain't no lie
    Rosalita you're my stone desire

    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
    Papa lowered the boom, he locked you in your room
    I'm comin' to lend a hand
    I'm comin' to liberate you, confiscate you, I want to be your man
    Someday we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny
    But now you're sad, your mama's mad
    And your papa says he knows that I don't have any money
    Tell him this is his last chance to get his daughter in a fine romance
    Because the record company, Rosie, just gave me a big advance
    My tires were slashed and I almost crashed but the Lord had mercy
    My machine she's a dud, I'm stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
    Hold on tight, stay up all night 'cause Rosie I'm comin' on strong
    By the time we meet the morning light I will hold you in my arms
    I know a pretty little place in Southern California down San Diego way
    There's a little cafe where they play guitars all night and day
    You can hear them in the back room strummin'
    So hold tight baby 'cause don't you know daddy's comin'

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  • 11 Raise Your Hand

    Lyrics

    If there's something you need
    That you just don't have
    Well just don't sit there
    Feeling badCome on now get up
    Try and understand
    Just raise you hand
    Baby here I am

    You know I'm standing in line
    I wanna give you my love
    Please let me try
    Come on now get up
    Try and understand
    Just raise your hand

  • 12 Hungry Heart

    Lyrics

    Got a wife and kids in Baltimore Jack
    I went out for a ride and I never went back
    Like a river that don't know where it's flowing
    I took a wrong turn and I just kept going

    CHORUS
    Everybody's got a hungry heart
    Everybody's got a hungry heart
    Lay down your money and you play your part
    Everybody's got a hungry heart

    I met her in a Kingstown bar
    We fell in love I knew it had to end
    We took what we had and we ripped it apart
    Now here I am down in Kingstown again

    (CHORUS)

    Everybody needs a place to rest
    Everybody wants to have a home
    Don't make no difference what nobody says
    Ain't nobody like to be alone

    (CHORUS)

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  • 13 Two Hearts

    Lyrics

    I went out walking the other day
    Seen a little girl crying along the way
    She'd been hurt so bad said she'd never love again
    Someday your crying girl will end
    And you'll find once again

    CHORUS
    Two hearts are better than one
    Two hearts girl get the job done
    Two hearts are better than one

    Once I spent my time playing tough guy scenes
    But I was living in a world of childish dreams
    Someday these childish dreams must end
    To become a man and grow up to dream again
    Now I believe in the end

    CHORUS

    Sometimes it might seem like it was planned
    For you to roam empty hearted through this land
    Though the world turns you hard and cold
    There's one thing mister, that I know
    That's if you think your heart is stone
    And that you're rough enough to whip this world alone
    Alone buddy there ain't no peace of mind
    That's why I'll keep searching till I find my special one

    CHORUS

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  • 14 Cadillac Ranch

    Lyrics

    Well, there she sits buddy justa gleaming in the sun
    There to greet a working man when his day is done
    I'm gonna pack my pa and I'm gonna pack my aunt
    I'm gonna take them down to the Cadillac Ranch

    Eldorado fins, whitewalls and skirts
    Rides just like a little bit of heaven here on earth
    Well buddy when I die throw my body in the back
    And drive me to the junkyard in my Cadillac

    Cadillac, Cadillac
    Long and dark, shiny and black
    Open up your engines let 'em roar
    Tearing up the highway like a big old dinosaur

    James Dean in that Mercury '49
    Junior Johnson runnin' thru the woods of Caroline
    Even Burt Reynolds in that black Trans-Am
    All gonna meet down at the Cadillac Ranch

    Cadillac, Cadillac
    Long and dark, shiny and black
    Open up them engines let 'em roar
    Tearing up the highway like a big old dinosaur

    Hey, little girlie in the blue jeans so tight
    Drivin' alone through the Wisconsin night
    You're my last love baby you're my last chance
    Don't let 'em take me to the Cadillac Ranch

    Cadillac, Cadillac
    Long and dark, shiny and black
    Pulled up to my house today
    Came and took my little girl away

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  • 15 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)

    Lyrics

    Yesterday I went shopping buddy down to the mall
    Looking for something pretty I could hang on my wall
    I knocked over a lamp before it hit the floor I caught it
    A salesman turned around said, "boy, you break that thing you bought it"

    CHORUS
    You can look but you better not touch boy
    You can look but you better not touch boy
    Mess around and you'll end up in dutch boy
    You can look but you better not, no you better not, no you better not touch

    Well I came home from work and I switched on Channel 5
    There was a pretty little girly lookin' straight into my eyes
    Well I watched as she wiggled back and forth across the screen
    She didn't get me excited she just made me feel mean

    CHORUS

    Well I called up Dirty Annie on the telephone
    I took her out to the drive-in just to get her alone
    I found a lover's rendezvous, the music low, set to park
    I heard a tappin' on the window and a voice in the dark

    CHORUS

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  • 16 Independence Day

    Lyrics

    Well Papa go to bed now it's getting late
    Nothing we can say is gonna change anything now
    I'll be leaving in the morning from St. Mary's Gate
    We wouldn't change this thing even if we could somehow
    Cause the darkness of this house has got the best of us
    There's a darkness in this town that's got us too
    But they can't touch me now
    And you can't touch me now
    They ain't gonna do to me
    What I watched them do to you

    So say goodbye it's Independence Day
    It's Independence Day
    All down the line
    Just say goodbye it's Independence Day
    It's Independence Day this time

    Now I don't know what it always was with us
    We chose the words, and yeah, we drew the lines
    There was just no way this house could hold the two of us
    I guess that we were just too much of the same kind

    Well say goodbye it's Independence Day
    It's Independence Day all boys must run away
    So say goodbye it's Independence Day
    All men must make their way come Independence Day

    Now the rooms are all empty down at Frankie's joint
    And the highway she's deserted down to Breaker's Point
    There's a lot of people leaving town now
    Leaving their friends, their homes
    At night they walk that dark and dusty highway all alone

    Well Papa go to bed now it's getting late
    Nothing we can say can change anything now
    Because there's just different people coming down here now
    and they see things in different ways
    And soon everything we've known will just be swept away

    So say goodbye it's Independence Day
    Papa now I know the things you wanted that you could not say
    But won't you just say goodbye it's Independence Day
    I swear I never meant to take those things away

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  • 17 Badlands

    Lyrics

    Lights out tonight
    trouble in the heartland
    Got a head-on collision
    smashin' in my guts, man
    I'm caught in a crossfire
    that I don't understand
    But there's one thing I know for sure, girl
    I don't give a damn
    For the same old played out scenes
    I don't give a damn
    For just the in-betweens
    Honey, I want the heart, I want the soul
    I want control right now
    You better listen to me baby
    Talk about a dream
    Try to make it real
    you wake up in the night
    With a fear so real
    Spend your life waiting
    for a moment that just won't come
    Well don't waste your time waiting

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    Badlands, you gotta live it everyday
    Let the broken hearts stand
    As the price you've gotta pay
    We'll keep pushin' till it's understood
    and these badlands start treating us good

    Workin' in the fields
    Till you get your back burned
    Workin' 'neath the wheel
    Till you get your facts learned
    Baby, I got my facts
    Learned real good right now,
    You better get it straight, darling,
    Poor man wanna be rich
    Rich man wanna be king
    And a king ain't satisfied
    Till he rules everything
    I wanna go out tonight,
    I wanna find out what I got

    I believe in the love that you gave me
    I believe in the faith that can save me
    I believe in the hope and I pray
    That some day it may raise me
    Above these badlands

    (CHORUS)

    For the ones who had a notion
    A notion deep inside
    That it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive
    I wanna find one face that ain't looking through me
    I wanna find one place
    I wanna spit in the face of these badlands

    (CHORUS)

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  • 18 Because the Night

    Lyrics

    Take me now baby here as I am
    Pull me close try an understand
    I work all day out in the hot sun
    Stay with me now till the mornin' comes
    Come on now try and understand
    The way I feel when I'm in your hands
    Take me now as the sun descends
    They can't hurt you now
    They can't hurt you now
    They can't hurt you now

    Because the night belongs to lovers
    Because the night belongs to us
    Because the night belongs to lovers
    Because the night belongs to us

    What I got I have earned
    What I'm not I have learned
    Desire and hunger is the fire I breathe
    Just stay in my bed till the morning comes
    Come on now try and understand
    The way I feel when I'm in your hands
    Take me now as the sun descends
    They can't hurt you now
    They can't hurt you now
    They can't hurt you now

    Because the night...

    Your love is here and now
    The vicious circle turns and burns without
    Though I cannot live forgive me now
    The time has come to take this moment and
    They can't hurt you now

    Because the night...

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  • 19 Candy's Room

    Lyrics

    In Candy's room there are pictures of her heroes on the wall
    but to get to Candy's room you gotta walk the darkness of Candy's hall
    Strangers from the city call my baby's number and they bring her toys
    When I come knocking she smiles pretty she knows I wanna be Candy's boy
    There's a sadness hidden in that pretty face
    A sadness all her own from which no man can keep Candy safe

    We kiss, my heart's rushes to my brain
    The blood rushes in my veins fire rushes towards the sky
    We go driving driving deep into the night
    I go driving deep into the light in Candy's eyes

    She says baby if you wanna be wild
    you got a lot to learn, close your eyes
    Let them melt, let them fire, let them burn
    Cause in the darkness there'll be hidden worlds that shine
    When I hold Candy close she makes these hidden worlds mine

    She has fancy clothes and diamond rings
    She has men who give her anything she wants but they don't see
    That what she wants is me,
    oh and I want her so
    I'll never let her go, no no no
    She knows that I'd give
    all that I got to give
    All that I want all that I live
    to make Candy mine
    Tonight

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  • 20 Darkness on the Edge of Town

    Lyrics

    They're still racing out at the Trestles
    But that blood it never burned in her veins
    Now I hear she's got a house up in Fairview
    And a style she's trying to maintain
    Well if she wants to see me
    You can tell her that I'm easily found
    Tell her there's a spot out 'neath Abram's Bridge
    And tell her there's a darkness on the edge of town

    Everybody's got a secret Sonny
    Something that they just can't face
    Some folks spend their whole lives trying to keep it
    They carry it with them every step that they take
    Till some day they just cut it loose
    Cut it loose or let it drag 'em down
    Where no one asks any questions
    Or looks too long in your face
    In the darkness on the edge of town

    Some folks are born into a good life
    Other folks get it anyway anyhow
    I lost my money and I lost my wife
    Them things don't seem to matter much to me now
    Tonight I'll be on that hill 'cause I can't stop
    I'll be on that hill with everything I got
    Lives on the line where dreams are found and lost
    I'll be there on time and I'll pay the cost
    For wanting things that can only be found
    In the darkness on the edge of town

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  • 21 Racing in the Street

    Lyrics

    I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396
    Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor
    She's waiting tonight down in the parking lot
    Outside the Seven-Eleven store
    Me and my partner Sonny built her straight out of scratch
    And he rides with me from town to town
    We only run for the money got no strings attached
    We shut 'em up and then we shut 'em down

    Tonight, tonight the strip's just right
    I wanna blow 'em off in my first heat
    Summer's here and the time is right
    For goin' racin' in the street

    We take all the action we can meet
    And we cover all the northeast state
    When the strip shuts down we run 'em in the street
    From the fire roads to the interstate
    Some guys they just give up living
    And start dying little by little, piece by piece
    Some guys come home from work and wash up
    And go racin' in the street

    Tonight, tonight the strip's just right
    I wanna blow 'em all out of their seats
    Calling out around the world, we're going racin' in the street

    I met her on the strip three years ago
    In a Camaro with this dude from L.A.
    I blew that Camaro off my back and drove that little girl away
    But now there's wrinkles around my baby's eyes
    And she cries herself to sleep at night
    When I come home the house is dark
    She sighs "Baby did you make it all right"
    She sits on the porch of her daddy's house
    But all her pretty dreams are torn
    She stares off alone into the night
    With the eyes of one who hates for just being born
    For all the shut down strangers and hot rod angels
    Rumbling through this promised land
    Tonight my baby and me we're gonna ride to the sea
    And wash these sins off our hands

    Tonight tonight the highway's bright
    Out of our way mister you best keep
    'Cause summer's here and the time is right
    For goin' racin' in the street

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  • 22 This Land Is Your Land

    Lyrics

    This land is your land This land is my land
    From California to the New York island;
    From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
    This land was made for you and Me.

    As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
    I saw above me that endless skyway:
    I saw below me that golden valley:
    This land was made for you and me.

    I've roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
    To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
    And all around me a voice was sounding:
    This land was made for you and me.

    When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
    And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
    As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
    This land was made for you and me.

    As I went walking I saw a sign there
    And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
    But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
    That side was made for you and me.

    In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
    By the relief office I seen my people;
    As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
    Is this land made for you and me?

    Nobody living can ever stop me,
    As I go walking that freedom highway;
    Nobody living can ever make me turn back
    This land was made for you and me.

  • 23 Nebraska

    Lyrics

    I saw her standin' on her front lawn just twirlin' her baton
    Me and her went for a ride sir and ten innocent people died

    From the town of Lincoln Nebraska with a sawed off .410 on my lap
    Through to the badlands of Wyoming I killed everything in my path

    I can't say that I'm sorry for the things that we done
    At least for a little while sir me and her we had us some fun

    The jury brought in a guilty verdict and the judge he sentenced me to death
    Midnight in a prison storeroom with leather straps across my chest

    Sheriff when the man pulls that switch sir and snaps my poor head back
    You make sure my pretty baby is sittin' right there on my lap

    They declared me unfit to live said into that great void my soul'd be hurled
    They wanted to know why I did what I did
    Well sir I guess there's just a meanness in this world

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  • 24 Johnny 99

    Lyrics

    Well they closed down the auto plant in Mahwah late that month
    Ralph went out lookin' for a job but he couldn't find none
    He came home too drunk from mixin'Tanqueray and wine
    He got a gun shot a night clerk now they call'm Johnny 99

    Down in the part of town where when you hit a red light you don't stop
    Johnny's wavin' his gun around and threatenin' to blow his top
    When an off duty cop snuck up on him from behind
    Out in front of the Club Tip Top they slapped the cuffs on Johnny 99

    Well the city supplied a public defender but the judge was Mean John Brown
    He came into the courtroom and stared young Johnny down
    Well the evidence is clear gonna let the sentence son fit the crime
    Prison for 98 and a year and we'll call it even Johnny 99

    A fistfight broke out in the courtroom they had to drag Johnny's girl away
    His mama stood up and shouted "Judge don't take my boy this way"
    Well son you got a statement you'd like to make
    Before the bailiff comes to forever take you away

    Now judge judge I had debts no honest man could pay
    The bank was holdin' my mortgage and they was takin' my house away
    Now I ain't sayin' that makes me an innocent man
    But it was more 'n all this that put that gun in my hand

    Well your honor I do believe I'd be better off dead
    And if you can take a man's life for the thoughts that's in his head
    Then won't you sit back in that chair and think it over judge one more time
    And let 'em shave off my hair and put me on that execution line

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  • 25 Reason to Believe

    Lyrics

    Seen a man standin' over a dead dog lyin' by the highway in a ditch
    He's lookin' down kinda puzzled pokin' that dog with a stick
    Got his car door flung open he's standin' out on highway 31
    Like if he stood there long enough that dog'd get up and run
    Struck me kinda funny seem kinda funny sir to me
    Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

    Now Mary Lou loved Johnny with a love mean and true
    She said "Baby I'll work for you every day and bring my money home to you"
    One day he up and left her and ever since that
    She waits down at the end of that dirt road for young Johnny to come back
    Struck me kinda funny seemed kind of funny sir to me
    How at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

    Take a baby to the river Kyle William they called him
    Wash the baby in the water take away little Kyle's sin
    In a whitewash shotgun shack an old man passes away take his body to the graveyard and over him they pray Lord won't you tell us
    tell us what does it mean
    Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

    Congregation gathers down by the riverside
    Preacher stands with his Bible groom stands waitin' for his bride
    Congregation gone and the sun sets behind a weepin' willow tree
    Groom stands alone and watches the river rush on so effortlessly
    Wonderin' where can his baby be still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

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  • 26 Born in the U.S.A.

    Lyrics

    Born down in a dead man's town
    The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
    You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
    Till you spend half your life just covering up

    Born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.

    Got in a little hometown jam
    So they put a rifle in my hand
    Sent me off to a foreign land
    To go and kill the yellow man

    Born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.

    Come back home to the refinery
    Hiring man says "Son if it was up to me"
    Went down to see my V.A. man
    He said "Son, don't you understand"

    I had a brother at Khe Sahn fighting off the Viet Cong
    They're still there, he's all gone

    He had a woman he loved in Saigon
    I got a picture of him in her arms now

    Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
    Out by the gas fires of the refinery
    I'm ten years burning down the road
    Nowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go

    Born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
    I'm a long gone Daddy in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
    I'm a cool rocking Daddy in the U.S.A.

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  • 27 Seeds

    Lyrics

    Well a great black river a man had found
    So he put all his money in a hole in the ground
    And sent a big steel arm drivin' down down down
    Man now I live on the streets of Houston town

    Packed up my wife and kids when winter came along
    And we headed down south with just spit and a song
    But they said "Sorry son it's gone gone gone"

    Well there's men hunkered down by the railroad tracks
    The Elkhorn Special blowin' my hair back
    Tents pitched on the highway in the dirty moonlight
    And I don't know where I'm gonna sleep tonight

    Parked in the lumberyard freezin' our asses off
    My kids in the back seat got a graveyard cough
    Well I'm sleepin' up in front with my wife
    Billy club tappin' on the windshield in the middle of the night
    Says "Move along man move along"

    Well big limousine long shiny and black
    You don't look ahead you don't look back
    How many times can you get up after you've been hit?
    Well I swear if I could spare the spit
    I'd lay one on your shiny chrome
    And send you on your way back home
    So if you're gonna leave your town where the north wind blow
    To go on down where that sweet soda river flow
    Well you better think twice on it Jack
    You're better off buyin' a shotgun dead off the rack
    You ain't gonna find nothin' down here friend
    Except seeds blowin' up the highway in the south wind
    Movin' on movin' on it's gone gone it's all gone

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  • 28 The River

    Lyrics

    I come from down in the valley
    where mister when you're young
    They bring you up to do like your daddy done
    Me and Mary we met in high school
    when she was just seventeen
    We'd ride out of that valley down to where the fields were green

    We'd go down to the river
    And into the river we'd dive
    Oh down to the river we'd ride

    Then I got Mary pregnant
    and man that was all she wrote
    And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat
    We went down to the courthouse
    and the judge put it all to rest
    No wedding day smiles no walk down the aisle
    No flowers no wedding dress

    That night we went down to the river
    And into the river we'd dive
    Oh down to the river we did ride

    I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
    But lately there ain't been much work on account of the economy
    Now all them things that seemed so important
    Well mister they vanished right into the air
    Now I just act like I don't remember
    Mary acts like she don't care

    But I remember us riding in my brother's car
    Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
    At night on them banks I'd lie awake
    And pull her close just to feel each breath she'd take
    Now those memories come back to haunt me
    they haunt me like a curse
    Is a dream a lie if it don't come true
    Or is it something worse
    that sends me down to the river
    though I know the river is dry
    That sends me down to the river tonight
    Down to the river
    my baby and I
    Oh down to the river we ride

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  • 29 War

    Lyrics

    War
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing
    War
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing
    War is something that I despise
    For it means destruction of innocent lives
    For it means tears in thousands of mothers' eyes
    When their sons go out to fight to give their lives

    War
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing
    Say it again
    War
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing

    War
    It's nothing but a heartbreaker
    War
    Friend only to the undertaker
    War is the enemy of all mankind
    The thought of war blows my mind
    Handed down from generation to generation
    Induction destruction
    Who wants to die

    War
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing
    Say it again
    War
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing

    War has shattered many young men's dreams
    Made them disabled bitter and meanLife is too precious to be fighting wars
    each day
    War can't give life it can only take it away

    War
    It's nothing but a heartbreaker
    War
    Friend only to the undertaker
    Peace love and understanding
    There must be some place for these things today
    They say we must fight to keep our freedom
    But Lord there's gotta be a better way
    That's better than
    War

    War
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing
    Say it again
    War
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing

  • 30 Darlington County

    Lyrics

    Driving in to Darlington County
    Me and Wayne on the Fourth of July
    Driving in to Darlington County
    Looking for some work on the county line
    We drove down from New York City
    Where the girls are pretty but they just want to know your name
    Driving in to Darlington City
    Got a union connection with an uncle of Wayne's
    We drove eight hundred miles without seeing a cop
    We got rock and roll music blasting off the T-top singing

    Sha la la la la la la la la, Sha la la la la la la

    Hey little girl standing on the corner
    Today's your lucky day for sure all right
    Me and my buddy we're from New York City
    We got two hundred dollars we want to rock all night
    Girl you're looking at two big spenders
    Why the world don't know what me and Wayne might do
    Our pa's each own one of the World Trade Centers
    For a kiss and a smile I'll give mine all to you
    Come on baby take a seat on my fender
    It's a long night and tell me what else were you gonna do
    Just me and you we could

    Sha la la...

    Little girl sitting in the window
    Ain't seen my buddy in seven days
    County man tells me the same thing
    He don't work and he don't get paid
    Little girl you're so young and pretty
    Walk with me and you can have your way
    And we'll leave this Darlington City
    For a ride down that Dixie Highway

    Driving out of Darlington County
    My eyes seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
    Driving out of Darlington County
    Seen Wayne handcuffed to the bumper of a state trooper's Ford

    Sha la la...

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  • 31 Working on the Highway

    Lyrics

    Friday night's pay night guys fresh out of work
    Talking about the weekend scrubbing off the dirt
    Some heading home to their families some looking to get hurt
    Some going down to Stovell wearing trouble on their shirts

    I work for the county out on 95
    All day I hold a red flag and watch the traffic pass me by
    In my head I keep a picture of a pretty little miss
    Someday mister I'm gonna lead a better life than this

    Working on the highway laying down the blacktop
    Working on the highway all day long I don't stop
    Working on the highway blasting through the bedrock
    Working on the highway, working on the highway

    I met her at a dance down at the union hall
    She was standing with her brothers back up against the wall
    Sometimes we'd go walking down the union tracks
    One day I looked straight at her and she looked straight back

    Working on the highway...

    I saved up my money and I put it all away
    I went to see her daddy but we didn't have much to say
    "Son can't you see that she's just a little girl
    She don't know nothing about this cruel cruel world"

    We lit out down to Florida we got along all right
    One day her brothers came and got her and they took me in a black and white
    The prosecutor kept the promise that he made on that day
    And the judge got mad and he put me straight away
    I wake up every morning to the work bell clang
    Me and the warden go swinging on the Charlotte County road gang

    Working on the highway...

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  • 32 The Promised Land

    Lyrics

    On a rattlesnake speedway in the Utah desert
    I pick up my money and head back into town
    Driving 'cross the Waynesboro county line
    I got the radio on and I'm just killing time
    Working all day in my daddy's garage
    Driving all night chasing some mirage
    Pretty soon, little girl, I'm gonna take charge

    CHORUS:
    The dogs on Main Street howl
    'Cause they understand
    If I could take one moment into my hands
    Mister, I ain't a boy, no I'm a man
    And I believe in a promised land

    I've done my best to live the right way
    I get up every morning and go to work each day
    But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold
    Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode
    Explode and tear this whole town apart
    Take a knife and cut this pain from my heart
    Find somebody itching for something to start

    CHORUS

    There's a dark cloud rising from the desert floor
    I packed my bags and I'm heading straight into the storm
    Gonna be a twister to blow everything down
    That ain't got the faith to stand its ground
    Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
    Blow away the dreams that break your heart
    Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted

    CHORUS

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  • 33 Cover Me

    Lyrics

    The times are tough now, just getting tougher
    This old world is rough, it's just getting rougher
    Cover me, come on baby, cover me
    Well I'm looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me
    Promise me baby you won't let them find us
    Hold me in your arms, let's let our love blind us
    Cover me, shut the door and cover me
    Well I'm looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me

    Outside's the rain, the driving snow
    I can hear the wild wind blowing
    Turn out the light, bolt the door
    I ain't going out there no more

    This whole world is out there just trying to score
    I've seen enough I don't want to see any more,
    Cover me, come on and cover me
    I'm looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me
    Looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me

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  • 34 I'm On Fire

    Lyrics

    Hey little girl is your daddy home
    Did he go away and leave you all alone
    I got a bad desire
    I'm on fire

    Tell me now baby is he good to you
    Can he do to you the things that I do
    I can take you higher
    I'm on fire

    Sometimes it's like someone took a knife baby
    edgy and dull and cut a six-inch valley
    through the middle of my soul

    At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet
    and a freight train running through the
    middle of my head
    Only you can cool my desire
    I'm on fire

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  • 35 Bobby Jean

    Lyrics

    Well I came by your house the other day, your mother said you went away
    She said there was nothing that I could have done
    There was nothing nobody could say
    Me and you we've known each other ever since we were sixteen
    I wished I would have known I wished I could have called you
    Just to say goodbye Bobby Jean

    Now you hung with me when all the others turned away turned up their nose
    We liked the same music we liked the same bands we liked the same clothes
    We told each other that we were the wildest, the wildest things we'd ever seen
    Now I wished you would have told me I wished I could have talked to you
    Just to say goodbye Bobby Jean

    Now we went walking in the rain talking about the pain from the world we hid
    Now there ain't nobody nowhere nohow gonna ever understand me the way you did
    Maybe you'll be out there on that road somewhere
    In some bus or train traveling along
    In some motel room there'll be a radio playing
    And you'll hear me sing this song
    Well if you do you'll know I'm thinking of you and all the miles in between
    And I'm just calling one last time not to change your mind
    But just to say I miss you baby, good luck goodbye, Bobby Jean

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  • 36 My Hometown

    Lyrics

    I was eight years old and running with a dime in my hand
    Into the bus stop to pick up a paper for my old man
    I'd sit on his lap in that big old Buick and steer as we drove through town
    He'd tousle my hair and say son take a good look around this is your hometown
    This is your hometown
    This is your hometown
    This is your hometown

    In '65 tension was running high at my high school
    There was a lot of fights between the black and white
    There was nothing you could do
    Two cars at a light on a Saturday night in the back seat there was a gun
    Words were passed in a shotgun blast
    Troubled times had come to my hometown
    My hometown
    My hometown
    My hometown

    Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores
    Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more
    They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
    Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown
    Your hometown
    Your hometown
    Your hometown

    Last night me and Kate we laid in bed
    talking about getting out
    Packing up our bags maybe heading south
    I'm thirty-five we got a boy of our own now
    Last night I sat him up behind the wheel and said son take a good look around
    This is your hometown

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  • 37 Born to Run

    Lyrics

    In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream
    At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
    Sprung from cages on Highway 9
    Chrome-wheeled, fuel-injected
    And steppin' out over the line
    Baby this town rips the bones from your back
    It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap
    We gotta get out while we're young
    'Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

    Wendy let me in, I wanna be your friend
    I want to guard your dreams and visions
    Just wrap your legs 'round these velvet rims
    and strap your hands across my engines
    Together we could break this trap
    We'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back
    Will you walk with me out on the wire
    'Cause baby I'm just a scared and lonely rider
    But I gotta find out how it feels
    I want to know if love is wild
    girl I want to know if love is real

    Beyond the Palace hemi powered drones scream down the boulevard
    The girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
    And the boys try to look so hard
    The amusement park rises bold and stark
    Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
    I wanna die with you out on the streets tonight
    In an everlasting kiss

    The highway's jammed with broken heroes
    On a last chance power drive
    Everybody's out on the run tonight
    but there's no place left to hide
    Together, Wendy, we can live with the sadness
    I'll love you with all the madness in my soul
    Someday girl, I don't know when,
    we're gonna get to that place
    Where we really want to go
    and we'll walk in the sun
    But till then tramps like us
    baby we were born to run

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  • 38 No Surrender

    Lyrics

    We busted out of class had to get away from those fools
    We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school
    Tonight I hear the neighborhood drummer sound
    I can feel my heart begin to pound
    You say you're tired and you just want to close your eyes and follow your dreams down

    We made a promise we swore we'd always remember
    No retreat no surrender
    Like soldiers in the winter's night with a vow to defend
    No retreat no surrender

    Now young faces grow sad and old and hearts of fire grow cold
    We swore blood brothers against the wind
    I'm ready to grow young again
    And hear your sister's voice calling us home across the open yards
    Well maybe we could cut someplace of our own
    With these drums and these guitars

    Blood brothers in the stormy night with a vow to defend
    No retreat no surrender

    Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim
    The walls of my room are closing in
    There's a war outside still raging
    you say it ain't ours anymore to win
    I want to sleep beneath peaceful skies in my lover's bed
    with a wide open country in my eyes
    and these romantic dreams in my head

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  • 39 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

    Lyrics

    Tear drops on the city
    Bad Scooter searching for his groove
    Seem like the whole world walking pretty
    And you can't find the room to move
    Well everybody better move over, that's all
    I'm running on the bad side
    And I got my back to the wall
    Tenth Avenue freeze-out, Tenth Avenue freeze-out

    I'm stranded in the jungle
    Taking all the heat they was giving
    The night is dark but the sidewalk's bright
    And lined with the light of the living
    From a tenement window a transistor blasts
    Turn around the corner things got real quiet real fast
    She hit me with a Tenth Avenue freeze-out
    Tenth Avenue freeze-out
    And I'm all alone, I'm all alone
    And kid you better get the picture
    And I'm on my own, I'm on my own
    And I can't go home

    When the change was made uptown
    And the Big Man joined the band
    From the coastline to the city
    All the little pretties raise their hands
    I'm gonna sit back right easy and laugh
    When Scooter and the Big Man bust this city in half
    With a Tenth Avenue freeze-out, Tenth Avenue freeze-out
    Tenth Avenue freeze-out...

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  • 40 Jersey Girl

    Lyrics

    I got no time for the corner boys
    Down in the street making all that noise
    Or the girls out on the avenue
    `Cause tonight I wanna be with you
    Tonight I'm gonna take that ride
    Across the river to the Jersey side
    Take my baby to the carnival
    And I'll take her on all the rides

    `Cause down the shore everything's all right
    You and your baby on a Saturday night
    You know all my dreams come true
    When I'm walking down the street with you

    Sha la la la la la la
    Sha la la la la la la la la
    Sha la la la la la la
    Sha la la la I'm in love with a Jersey girl

    You know she thrills me with all her charms
    When I'm wrapped up in my baby's arms
    My little girl gives me everything
    I know that some day she'll wear my ring
    So don't bother me man I ain't got no time
    I'm on my way to see that girl of mine
    `Cause nothing matters in this whole wide world
    When you're in love with a Jersey girl

    Sha la la la...

    I see you on the street and you look so tired
    I know that job you got leaves you so uninspired
    When I come by to take you out to eat
    You're lyin' all dressed up on the bed baby fast asleep
    Go in the bathroom and put your makeup on
    We're gonna take that little brat of yours and drop her off at your mom's
    I know a place where the dancing's free
    Now baby won't you come with me
    `Cause down the shore everything's all right
    You and your baby on a Saturday night
    Nothing matters in this whole wide world
    When you're in love with a Jersey girl