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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    MemoryAs a person who is 4th generation Freehold Boro person, first race riots were not common in our quiet little town. The racial tension was actually caused by a group from out of towners called "Concerned Citizens". They bussed people in to create problems. Freehold was a great town to grow up in and Bruce's grandmother and his aunts, cousins and my family grew up together. Bruce actually has been known to go into Freehold and walk around and stop in Joe's Barbershop and visit. He actually was walking up McLean Street, Freehold with his first wife showing her where his family members lived and some still lived. He regularly visited his maternal grandmother. This song brings back memories. Yes there was a shooting at Park Avenue and South Street, yes there was some racial tension at FHS, and yes the rug mill closed down putting my grandfather, uncle and many others out of work. When all is said and done I am a proud child of Freehold and miss going to the newsstand, going to the fire house and other stores in town.
    FreeholdAnnie53on December 21, 2010   Link

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