New Jersey Nights

VERSE 1

On a New Jersey night

The boys went looking for a fight

From the bay, from Cape May

All the way up LBI

VERSE 2

Paulie brought his best old switchblade

Timmy packed cuz he was tight

Jack was scared, Joe’s prepared

For the boys from old Seabright

INST [one cycle verse]

VERSE 3

At the pier we met ‘em squarely

Hit ‘em twice for every shot

It’s no jive, to stay alive

But we gave ‘em all we got

CHORUS

On a New Jersey night

Th-Those New Jersey nights

Th-Those New Jersey nights

Make it all alright

INST [4 measure g]

VERSE 4

Now the boys have grown up somehow

Timmy works pouring concrete

Jack’s around, underground

Joey’s doing one to three

VERSE 5

And if you see little Shoshanna

Won’t you say hello for me

In my heart, she’s still part

Of the life I thought I’d lead

BRIDGE

We weren’t asking for nothing

More than what we got, it wasn’t a lot. No.

But if they try to take

Our one little piece away

We’ll give them everything our fists can give ‘em

SOLO [2 verse cycles, or just one playing chorus riff if solo]

VERSE 6 [breakdown]

Cuz on a New Jersey morning

Well it isn’t much to see

Purple dawn, dreams are gone

Like a fading memory

VERSE 7

But on a New Jersey night

The boys still putting up a fight

Brothers strike, on the Pike

From Secaucus to Seabright

CHORUS 2-3

New Jersey Nights

New Jersey Nights

Th-Those New Jersey Nights

Make it all alright

[repeat chorus]