"Jersey Girl" as written by and Tom Waits....
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 want to 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


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"Jersey Girl" as written by Tom Waits

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    General Commentyeh, a Tom Waites song but the Springsteen version is very much Bruce's own, the last couple of Stanzas were added and very Springsteen and how he connects or depicts the everday life and concerns of ordinary life. Call it contrived or what you will, but he does it, the guy connects, from Glory Days, No Retreat, No Surrender, The River; this guy somehow connects with the things we all go through during the stages of life....from Rosalita, come out tonight to Devils and Dust, this Guy hits it.
    NWNmoonon October 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWe Jersey girls are great!
    LinZWalteron July 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't wanna sound annoying, but everyone realizes this is a Tom Waits song originally, right? Check out Tom's version of his great HEARTATTACK & VINE album.
    kenf62on September 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised more people don't recognize the difference between this song and most Springsteen songs right off the bat. This song is highly romanticized, not Bruce's style at all. Yet I've heard people take this as a typical sample of his songwriting, which pains me inside because Bruce is about much more than "I Love New Jersey!"

    Classic line: "We're gonna tkae that little brat of yours and drop her off at your mom's" Way to tell it like it is!
    suckmykisson March 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentBruce has never been one ot lie in his music..."you ain't a beauty but hey you're alright". I love this song tho...Jersey women are god's gift to humanity.
    PoorMansSuperman49on April 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPoor Man, when does he ever say that in the song?
    gun left behindon March 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe says it in "Thunder Road". PoorMan was trying to illustrate how Bruce doesn't mince words.
    voodoochildeon December 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWas the final verse added by Springsteen? Did not see it on Tom Waits' version
    nagromnaion October 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a classic song,As a Springsteen fan,I think his version is superb,but Tom Waits is awesome
    scotsguy71on March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes, it's a Tom Waits song, but it's one that Springsteen absolutely had to record at some point.

    Glad he included it on the Live album, in front of a New Jersey audience of course.

    Hearing this song made me want to drive across New Jersey and fall in love with a Jersey girl right then and there.
    Pirtyfool22on May 17, 2007   Link

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