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Song title: Jersey girl

(Springsteen, Waits) by Tom Waits (Waits - Asylum LP 6E 295), 1980

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
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...

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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Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 02/07/1981 Meadowlands Arena, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA
Last known live performance: 09/09/2016 Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia,PA ,USA

Song 'history':


It only saw the light 5 times in the whole River tour
Not much used during the 1982-1984 period, during which Bruce played, with various small groups or guesting, in a number of bars and small clubs of the New Jersey area, deserving only less than a dozen renderings
The Born in the U.S.A. tour counted 14 apparitions of this song
The song (in live version) was then included in the 'LIVE 1975-85' box set
Played during the '1987 bar tour', which is the name under which I group the 1987 shows Bruce played with various small bands, or guesting, in small NJ clubs.
Not much used during the Human Touch tour, deserving only less than a dozen renderings
One only rendering for this song in the Reunion tour (12/08/1999 Continental Arena, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA)
Played only a couple of times in the whole Rising tour (07/03/2003 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City,NJ ,USA and 31/08/2003 Giants Stadium, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA)
In the Devils and Dust tour, the song was only practiced (30/05/2005 Forest National, Bruxelles ,Belgium, during the soundcheck.) but never played in the regular set.
Played once in the whole Magic tour (31/07/2008 Giants Stadium, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA)
Not much used during the Working on a Dream tour, deserving only 3 renderings
During the Wrecking Ball tour, the song was played 3 times
Bruce gave this song one only shot through the High Hopes tour (12/04/2014 Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach,VA ,USA)
It only saw the light 5 times in the whole 2016 The River tour

The song was also played in informal happenings or off-tour appearances
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