JERSEY GIRL


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

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


Music and lyrics by Tom Waits, from his 1980 album Heartattack And Vine. The song is also included on Waits' compilation albums Bounced Checks (1981), Anthology Of Tom Waits (1985), and Used Songs, 1973-1980 (2001).

JERSEY GIRL has been covered most famously by Bruce Springsteen who played it live in concert during The River Tour, Born In The U.S.A. Tour, World Tour 1992-1993, Reunion Tour, and The Rising Tour, in addition to some off-tour performances. Springsteen's live performance of JERSEY GIRL from the 09 Jul 1981 show at Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, was officially released as B-side to the "Cover Me" single in 1984, and on the Live 1975-85 box set in 1986.

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