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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    General Comment'My Hometown' is obviously about Freehold, NJ where Bruce was born and raised. His high school was Freehold Boro high school. Back in the 60s, race riots were very common, but it's pretty calm now. The textile mill he mentions is the Freehold Rug Mill. Recently, it's been converted into apartments for the poor. However, Lynn and jcarter are both wrong. He didn't come from a terrible place and his hometown is hardly dangerous. He does, however, no longer live there. He lives in Asbury Park.

    This is my all-time favorite song by any artist, because Freehold actually is my hometown. Bruce was born and raised 5 minutes from me, so he's a local legend. This song takes me right back to Main Street and the train tracks through the center of town. God, I miss Freehold when I'm at college.
    PSYCHOSPICYon May 25, 2005   Link

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