GARDEN STATE PARKWAY BLUES

Live 24 Apr 1970 version


Got a woman lives across the track
Whoa lady won't you come rub my back
Yeah you know I love her

I got a woman who lives across the town
Whoa baby woman won't you show 'em how you put'em down, know that I dig it now
Show'em how you put'em down, know that I dig it
She shows how you put'em back, and know that I dig it

[instrumental - heavy guitar and drums]

Good morning

Vitamin B1, Niacin
5 percent iron, how can I help but win?
My very best friend, when I get up in the morning
Whoa my Kellogs Cornflakes are my very best friend
And I don't have to look very hard
'Cause right inside's your very special (yeah) 3D baseball card
Yeaaaah, whoa whoa whoa

When I get up in the morning and I say "Well goodbye hon"
Now you make sure the kids don't forget to take their lunch"
I clean myself up and I stumble out the door
Into my garage and I jump into my old Ford (my old Ford)
But the damn thing it don't wanna start
But I don't care, what do I care?
It's really got a heart

Whoa whoa whoa whoa
Lalala lalala lalalala
Whoa whoa whoa whoa

I got the Garden State Parkway Blues (I do)
Early in the morning, gets you without warning
Going to the job, fighting off the road hogs
Punch in at nine, punch out at five
Punch in at nine, punch out at five
Punch in at nine, punch out at five
Punch in at nine, punch out at five

But boss he thinks I'm crazy
And says "Son, why are you so lazy?
And if you won't leave me alone, I'm gonna mosie on home
Ain't no, yes, no, no son of a bitch"
Punch in at nine, punch out at five
Punch in at nine, punch out at five
Punch in at nine, punch out at five
Punch in at nine, punch out at five
Punch in at nine, punch out at five
Punch in at nine, punch out at five
Punch in at nine, punch out at five
Punch in at nine, punch out at five
Punch in at nine, punch out at five

Yeahhhh
Hmmm

Well I work all day, I make terrible pay
I get home and I just can't get to sleep
Yeah my woman gives me something Lord that God of mine hummin'
Oh but it don't work I'm just too weak
I got electric bills, doctor bills, baby bills, I don't know
Just about everything but a
dollar bill
And I haven't even paid my rent yet
I got 12 more payments on my car
6 more on the guitar
Yeah now my mama wants a new dress, ah what a damn mess
Don't know what I'm gonna do
But I'm sick and tired of hearin' about all that damn bill
I'm tired about worrying about them
Well go to hell
Yeah!
Alright
Hey!
Woah

[instrumental - heavy guitar and drums]

Whoa!

Well I don't know where I'm goin' and I don't understand but that's alright
Because the only thing I feel is the touch of your hand in the night
Cars on the parkway they pull up and stare (yeah)
Ask where I'm goin' and I tell 'em that I'm there
Yeaaah, and I just don't even care

The people I meet are all hip to the latest scene
They sit around reading Rolling Stone magazine
I ask how they can sit so sweetly serene
While there's thousands of places that they have never seen
Oh they have never been
Goin' back, goin' back, goin' back
Whoaaa

[instrumental - heavy guitar and drums]
(yeah yeah yeah)
[instrumental - heavy guitar and drums]

(Yeah!)
Signs on the highway don't mean nothing
Two-eyed monsters keep on coming
Don't know where I'm goin' but I just keep running
Away, away

[instrumental - heavy guitar and drums]
[instrumental - stops and resumes slower, sounds like a flute]

You know life ain't so easy, life ain't always so sweet
When you got nowhere to go home, nothing to eat
You got holes in your shoes, clear on through to your feet
Sleeping on the damn cold cement floor, but no place else to sleep
Sure can be a drag sometimes, oh it just ain't no fun

You know I used to tell myself
Oh some day you're gonna be driving a, a big Cadillac
Oh so shiny and black
And you'll be attending all them special business office luncheons
And have a pretty secretary to sit on your lap
But as I got older I just didn't want that
Whoa as when the years came on I felt old anyway, babe
Yeah I always wanted to travel, oh, Europe and France
Watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace
Go on to Sweden, find out what their tanning secret is

You said you'll do all them things you wanted to do sometime
Well there's a young cowboy - I always wanted to be a cowboy - lives on the range
Hmmm ???
Maybe I'll take a trip on down to Spain
Always wanted to be like Douglas Fairbanks Junior
Fighting all them pirates on the Spanish Main
Put that fancy shirt, vest, my own clipper shirt
Whoaaaaaa whoaaa
Well maybe I'll get myself a black leather jacket
And a big Harley Davidson motorcycle yeah
Hmmm
Just like Sonny Berger
Think I'll have to get myself a sawn-off pool cue too, to meet the occasion
And when I've done all the things that I would like to do
Maybe I'll take one last trip
Go off, up to never never land
Party with the lost boys at Tinkerbelle, Peter Pan
You know I always wanted to learn how to fly
You know I always thought I, I could do it if, if I try, I've always thought about it
Oh but travellin' ain't no fun if you gotta travel alone
Sure do feel good to get there, whoa I miss it so
(yeah yeah yeah)

Yeah I'm gonna dream, oh yeah
[heavy guitar and drums resume]
I don't wanna hear about my bills
How many men killed in Vietnam

Whoa!
Hey!
Oh yeah!

Gonna take it one more time around
Hey! (Hey!)

[instrumental - heavy guitar and drums]

Well he gets up in the morning as the sun's about to rise
playing with his guitar singing he goes down upon the green hill side
He sings about a land he said he seen where there's never any night
And sunlight soldiers dance and sing before your very eyes
Sing it to me!

(Well his father is the sun and his mother is the sky, yeah)
(And today he's to be wed to the wind, he knows not to reason why)
(Hey hey yeah)
For he is the mountain child (whoa)
For he is the mountain child
(Yeah, yeaaaah, yeah yeah yeah yeah)

In his cloudy chariot he takes his brand new bride
On into the house of stone down upon the green hill side
There they stay for a year and a day, hands held side by side (yeah)
They'll conceive of a daughter who'll be the rain to clean your dusty mind

And when the dew has fallen down upon the earthy home
They will set the sail on a clipper ship, never to return
On into the blood red horizon where the fire of love still burns
And the beauty of the perfect lover will turn and turn and turn
And the beauty of the perfect lover will turn and turn and turn
You know the beauty of the perfect lover turn and turn and turn

He gets up in the morning as the sun's about to rise
And with his guitar singing he go down upon the green hill side
Sings about a land he said he seen where there's never any night
And sunlight soldiers dance and sing before your very eyes
And sunlight soldiers dance and sing before your very eyes
And sunlight soldiers dance dance dance before your very eyes
La la la la la la... oh can't you hear him singing
La la la la la la... can't you hear him singing
La la la la la la... can't you hear him singing
La la la la la la... oh what am I saying
La la la la la la... oh yeaah
(Na na na na na...)
Unhappy man, yes I am
(yeah yeah, yeah yeah)
I wanna bang yeah, make us feel so good (yeah yeah)
Oh whoa whoa whoa...
Oh bring it down now, bring it down

(yeah yeah)
Listen to rhythm of the band, bring the rhythm from your head to your toes down and to your hands
Listen to rhythm of the band, bring the rhythm from your head to your toes down and to your hands
Listen to rhythm of the band, bring the rhythm from your head to your toes down and to your hands
Listen to rhythm of the band, yeah whoa
Ok ready, oh stop!
Na na na na na...
See if you can do it by yourself now
[crowd clapping to the rhythm]
(You're speeding up)
Listen to rhythm of the band, bring the rhythm from your head to your toes down and to your hands
Listen to rhythm of the band, bring the rhythm on down
We're gonna come and take you for one more ride now
So get ready now
We're gonna take you for one more ride
So fasten your seatbelts, 'cause we're gonna fly, hey!

[instrumental - heavy guitar]

Whoa whoaaa la da la da da


Info

GARDEN STATE PARKWAY BLUES is a song written by Bruce Springsteen who performed it with his early band Steel Mill in 1969 and 1970. According to Brucebase, the song was written in 1969 or early 1970.

Springsteen did not record any material in a professional recording studio during that period. However, studio rehearsal sessions were frequently conducted at the Challenger Eastern Surfboards factory in Highlands, NJ, in 1971 and early 1972. The primary purpose of the sessions was to prepare for live shows, and not to make audio recordings. So only a fraction of this extensive body of rehearsal sessions was ever recorded, and when they were, it is an unfortunate reality that the reel-to-reel tapes made at Challenger Eastern were often erased and reused as part of the recording of live shows. GARDEN STATE PARKWAY BLUES may have been recorded at Challenger Eastern Surfboards.

On bootleg releases, the song is sometimes edited into separate segments and assigned fictitious titles such as "I Got A Woman", "Mountain Child", "Rhythm", and "Sunlight Soldiers". Springsteen sometimes referred to the song by the title "The Alarm Clock Song".

Live 24 Apr 1970 version

The above lyrics are for Steel Mill's live 24 Apr 1970 performance of GARDEN STATE PARKWAY BLUES at Monmouth College in West Long Branch, NJ. The song is the show's closer, and is 30-minute long, possibly the longest song performed by Springsteen.

This was a single show, with Steel Mill the sole act on the bill. According to Brucebase, that was a replacement concert for a cancellation of the musical "Hair".

Promotional ad for the 24 Apr 1970 show at Monmouth College, West Long Branch, NJ
Promotional ad for the 24 Apr 1970 show at Monmouth College, West Long Branch, NJ
(Taken from Brucebase)
Ticket stub for the 24 Apr 1970 show at West Monmouth College, Long Branch, NJ
Ticket stub for the 24 Apr 1970 show at West Monmouth College, Long Branch, NJ

A soundboard recording of very good to excellent quality is in circulation. The tape is very deceptive in that drummer Vini Lopez's voice microphone is abnormally dominant in the mix, so much so that it sounds like a co-lead singer (i.e., Robbin Thompson) is interacting with Springsteen throughout the show. However under an extremely close comparison it can be determined that the "co-lead" vocalist is actually drummer and background vocalist Lopez, with his microphone turned way up in the audio mix. Robbin Thompson's voice is definitely not present.

Live History

Six live performances of GARDEN STATE PARKWAY BLUES have been confirmed, but many more have likely taken place.

  1. 20 Sep 1969 in Free University, Richmond, VA (known from circulating audio recording)
  2. 24 Apr 1970 at Monmouth College, West Long Branch, NJ (known from circulating audio recording)
  3. 13 Jun 1970 at Ocean Ice Palace, Bricktown, NJ (known from circulating audio recording)
  4. 19 or 20 Jun 1970 at The String Factory, Richmond, VA (known from circulating audio recording)
  5. 17 Jul 1970 at Sunshine In, Asbury Park, NJ (known from circulating audio recording)
  6. 17 Oct 1970 at Monmouth College, West Long Branch, NJ (known from a review of the show)

Credits / References

Thanks Audio2575 (from Rare Springsteen) for the lyrics correction. Some of the above info about the live performances is taken from Brucebase.

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