Jersey Girl

(Heartattack And Vine studio version, 1980)

Got no time for the corner boys(2)
Down in the street makin' all that noise
Don't want no whores on Eighth Avenue
Cause tonight I'm gonna be with you

Cause tonight I'm gonna take that ride
Across the river to the Jersey side
Take my baby to the carnival
And I'll take you on all the rides

Down the shore everything's all right
You with your baby on a Saturday night, yeah
Don't you know all my dreams come true
When I'm walkin' down the street with you

Sing sha la la la la la sha la la la la la la la la
Sha la la, sha la la la
Sha la la la, I'm 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, sha la la la
Sha la la la la la

You know she thrills me with all her charms
When I'm wrapped up in my baby's arms
My little angel gives me everything
I know someday that she'll wear my ring

So don't bother me cause I got no time
I'm on my way to see that girl of mine, yeah
Nothin' else matters in this whole wide world
When you're in love with a Jersey girl

Sing sha la la la la la sha la la la la la la la la
Sha la la, sha la la la
Sha la la la, I'm 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, sha la la la
Sha la la la la la

And I call your name
I can't sleep at night

Sha la 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 la, I'm in love with a Jersey girl
Sha la la la la la la yeah
Sha la la la la la la la la
Sha la la, sha la la la
Oh I'm in love, I'm in love with a Jersey girl
Sha la la la la la la yeah
Sha la la la la la la la la

Written by: Tom Waits(1)
Published by: Fifth Floor Music Inc. (ASCAP), © 1980
Official release: "Heartattack And Vine", Elektra Entertainment/ WEA Entertainment Inc., 1980 & "Anthology Of Tom Waits", WEA/ Elektra, 1984
Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Anthology" (Amsco Publications, 1988/ Nuova Carisch, 2000)



Jersey Girl

(Bounced Checks alternate take, 1980)

Got no time for the corner boys(2)
Down in the street makin' all that noise
Don't want no whores on Eighth Avenue
Cause tonight I'm gonna be with you

Cause tonight I'm gonna take that ride
Across the river to the Jersey side
Take my baby to the carnival
And I'll take you on all the rides

Down the shore everything's all right
You with your baby on a Saturday night, yeah
Don't you know all my dreams come true
When I'm walkin' down the street with you

Sing sha 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
Sha la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la la, yeah yeah yeah
Sha la la, la la la la la
Sha la la la la la

You know she thrills me with all her charms
When I'm wrapped up in my baby's arms
My little angel gives me everything
I know someday that she'll wear my ring

So don't bother me cause I got no time
On my way to see that girl of mine, yeah
Nothin' else matters in this whole wide world
When you're in love with a Jersey girl

Sing sha la la la la la sha la la la la la la, yeah yeah yeah
Sha la la, la la la la la
Sha la la la, I'm in love with a Jersey girl
Sha la la la la la
Sha la la la la la yeah yeah yeah
Sha la la, sha la la la
Sha la la la la la

And I call your name
I can't sleep at night

Sha la la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la yeah yeah yeah
Sha la la la la la la la
Sha la la la la, I'm in love with a Jersey girl
Sha la la la la yeah
Don't bother ne cause I ain't got no time
Sha la la la la la la
Oh I'm in love, I'm in love with a Jersey girl
Sha la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la

Written by: Tom Waits
Published by: Fifth Floor Music Inc. (ASCAP), © 1980
Official release: "Bounced Checks", WEA/ Asylum Records, 1981



Jersey Girl

(Live version with Bruce Springsteen, 1981)

Got no time for the corner boys(2)
Down in the street makin' all that noise
Don't want no girls on Eighth Avenue
Cause tonight I'm gonna be with you

Cause tonight I'm gonna take that ride
Across the river to the Jersey side
Take my baby to the carnival
And I'll take you on all the rides

Down the shore everything's all right
You with your baby on a Saturday night
Don't you know that my dreams come true
when I'm walkin' down the street with you

Sing sha la la la la la sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la
Sha la la la, I'm in love with a Jersey girl
Sha la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la
Sha la la la la

You know she thrills me with all her charms
When I'm wrapped up in my baby's arms
My little angel gives me everything
I know someday she's gonna wear my ring

So don't bother me man I got no time
I'm on my way to see that girl of mine
Nothin' else matters in this whole wide world
when you're in love with a Jersey girl

Sha la la la la la sha la la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la
Sha la la la, I'm in love with a Jersey girl
Sha la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la

And I call your name
I can't sleep at night

Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la

I see you on the street and you look so tired
I know that job you've got leaves you so uninspired
When I come by to take you out to eat
I find you dressed upon the bed and baby, fast asleep(3)

Go in the bathroom, put that make-up on
We're gonna take that little brat of yours, and drop her off at your mom's
Oh, I know a place where the dancin's free
Come on girl, won't you go with me?(3)

Sha la la la la la sha la la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la
Sha la la la, I'm in love with a Jersey girl
Sha la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la
I'm in love with a Jersey girl
Sha la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la

Written by: Tom Waits
Published by: Fifth Floor Music Inc. (ASCAP), © 1980
No official release. Live duet with Bruce Springsteen. L.A. Sports Arena. August 24, 1981

Known covers:
Suspicion, Lisa Bade. 1982. Elektra SP 6-4897
Live 1975-1985. Bruce Springsteen, 1987. Sony Music/ Legacy Records
Hessel Live Ahoy '91, Hessel. 1991. Self-released
Fat Cats. Johnny Hooper. December, 1992. Self-released CDJRH2
To All My Friends In Far Flung Places. Dave Van Ronk. December, 1994. Gazell
Step Right Up (The Songs Of Tom Waits). Various artists. November, 1995. Manifesto Records. Performed by Pale Saints
Temptation. Holly Cole, 1995. Blue Note Records/ Capital (Japan/ USA)
Blue York, Blue York. Various artists. November 20, 1996. Blue Note Records
Live 1975-1985. Bruce Springsteen, 1997. Legacy Records (re-release of 1987 version, 3 box set)
Ugly. Jon Bon Jovi. 1998. Mercury Records (single)
Live From The Mountain Stage Lounge. Various artists. April, 1998. Blue Plate (live version performed by Holly Cole)
Live At The World Cafe (Vol. 7). Moxy Fruvous. April, 1998. The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, WC9807/ PRI (live version)
Collection. Holly Cole Trio. September, 1998. EMI (Australia)
Country Lover. Ben Olander. 1998. Leco Music
Don't Ask Me. Brian Fraser. 1999. Black Market Music
Getting There. The Bacon Brothers. August, 1999. Bluxo Records
Santa Baby: Live In Toronto. Holly Cole. January 25, 2000. EMI International
The Best Of Holly Cole. Holly Cole. November, 2000. Blue Note Records
Tropical Soul. Dennis McCaughey & Tropical Soul. November, 2000. Migration Music
Taivas Sinivalkoinen. Bablo. February 12, 2001. Self- released
10:30 Thursdays. Andy Cowan. May, 2001. Self-released BMM 245.2
Live At The Kammerspiele. Me And Cassity. 2002. Tapete Records
Jersey´s Talkin. Various artists. September, 2002. BluesKid (performed by The Mango Brothers)
Homegrown. Nussbaumer/ Weber/ Kreil. 2003. Self-released
Sometimes. Claudia Bettinaglio. September, 2003. CrossCut Records
Greetings From Hell - The Tom Waits Songbook, Hell Blues Choir. September, 2003. Tylden & Co (Norway)
Swingin´ it. 8 To The Bar. 2004. Self-released (Germany)
Songman V. Mike Sinatra. 2004. Monophonic
Sometimes... Claudia Bettinaglio. August, 2004. CrossCut Records
The Holly Cole Collection - Vol. 1. Holly Cole. October 12, 2004. Magada International (same version as on Temptation, 1995)
Twenty Fifth Anniversary Collection. Bagatelle. November 29, 2004. Self-released
Crosseyed Cat. Turnip Greens. March 21, 2006. Cope Records (Denmark)
Ameri-mf-cana. Ameri-mf-cana (Sue Burkhart and Ed Vadas). September 1, 2007. Self-released
Absolutely Live. The Bluesbreakers. July 2008. Extraplatte (Austria)
Misfits. The Hot Java Band. August 22, 2008. Cool Vision Records
Father Time. Hal Ketchum. September 9, 2008. Curb Records
Fragile. Joni Keen Jazz. February 5, 2009. Skylark Records
Under Cover #1. Peter Viskinde. March 2, 2009. Poplick Records

Notes:

(1) Jersey Girl:

- Tom Waits (1980): "I never thought I would catch myself saying "sha la la" in a song. This is my first experiment with "sha la la." It has one of them kinda Drifters feels. I didn't wanna say "muscular dystrophy" in it or anything, 'cause I didn't think it fit in with the feel of the number. So lyrically I tried to do it straight ahead, a guy walking down the street to see his girl." (Source: "Heartattack and Vine". Us promo pack: Stephen Peeples. September 4, 1980)

- Q (1998): When you wrote "Jersey Girl," [TW "mmm"] did you have Bruce Springsteen in the back of your mind? I know you've been asked this. [TW] No, well I wrote it for my wife, she's from Jersey, well she's originally from Illinois, she moved to New Jersey, and she grew up there, Morristown, New Jersey, and so I wrote it for her when we met, and eh, so.. eh. [DJ] Were you flattered by Bruce Springsteen doing it? [TW] Yeah! I like it, I like that version. I got up on stage and sang it with him one night in Los Angeles in front of about ten million people, and it scared the hell outa me. Um, Yeah I do like it. With the little glockenspiel in there, an a... [DJ] It's seems somehow very natural for him to do it, seemed like it sort of fit into his style well. [TW] Well, I've done all I can to help him, you know. He's been in such a jam, financially so uh, y'know... [DJ] I'm sure he appreciated that a lot.. [TW] No, iss.... I really liked that version. (Source: "Mixed Bag, WNEW New York ". Interview on WNEW FM. October, 1998)

- Jay S. Jacobs (2000): "Waits had invited Jerry Yester to arrange and conduct "Jersey Girl" and "Ruby's Arms," and he later remarked that Yester's arrangement for the latter just blew him away - he loved the fact that the brass choir sounded so much like a Salvation Army band." It would be the last time Yester and Waits ever worked together. "Right after Heartattack and Vine - or like a year after - I moved to Hawaii," Yester recalls. "And he moved up North. And I haven't seen him since. I've talked to him on the phone, but I haven't seen him since then - except in the movies . . ." (Source: Wild Years, The Music and Myth of Tom Waits. Jay S. Jacobs, 2000)

(2) Cornerboy
- n. [late 19C+] (orig. US) an idler who whiles away the time hanging around on street corners (corner cove, corner cowboy, corner man, drugstore cowboy, lounge lizzard, saloon-bar cowboy) (Source: Cassel's Dictionary of Slang. Jonathon Green 1998. Cassel & Co., 2000).
- Also mentioned in "Annie's back In Town": "And all the corner boys are trouble-makers."

(3) The best known cover is of course that made by Bruce Springsteen. He first performed the song at Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey, July 2, 1981. There is a bootleg (audience) tape available from that show. He performed it again a week later, on July 9, 1981, and this time he recorded it himself and released it as B-side of the 7" single 'Cover Me' in 1981. It's also available in the box-set 'Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-1985' released in 1986. ...Bruce added a verse of his own: "I see you on the street and you look so tired I know that job you've got leaves you so uninspired When I come by to take you out to eat I find you dressed upon the bed and baby, fast asleep Go in the bathroom, put that make-up on We're gonna take that little brat of yours, and drop her off at your mom's Oh, I know a place where the dancin's free Come on girl, won't you go with me?" There is also a version with Tom and Bruce doing the song together. It was recorded at a Springsteen concert at LA Sports Arena, Los Angeles, August 24, 1981'. (Submitted by Ulf Berggren. Listserv Raindogs discussionlist. March, 2000)

Michael Tearson (1985): "I have to ask you about the Springsteen cover of "Jersey Girls". How did you first hear that and how did you first react when you heard it?" Tom Waits: "I don't know when I first heard that. Oh I got a tape... yeah. I heard it on the eh... I don't know, I guess I heard it on the radio. Yeah, I heard it on the radio. I said: "Yeah, that's a pretty good song there." (laughs) Yeah, I did what I could to help him out. As far as I'm concerned he's on his own now. Eh, I've done what I can for his career and eh... y'know? Well, I liked it, I really liked it. And I heard it a lot, it was on some jukeboxes and that's kinda nice too, y'know? Yeah, it was a good feeling. And I liked the way he did it. Yeah, I liked it a lot. Yeah, he's a real nice guy." (Source: "Nightlines Interview" Nightlines on CBC Stereo (Canada) conducted by Michael Tearson. Date: New York. Late 1985)

Q (1998): Were you flattered by Bruce Springsteen doing it? Tom Waits: Yeah! I like it, I like that version. I got up on stage and sang it with him one night in Los Angeles in front of about ten million people, and it scared the hell outa me. Um, Yeah I do like it. With the little glockenspiel in there, an a... DJ: It's seems somehow very natural for him to do it, seemed like it sort of fit into his style well. TW: Well, I've done all I can to help him, you know. He's been in such a jam, financially so uh, y'know... DJ: I'm sure he appreciated that a lot.. TW: No, iss.... I really liked that version. (Source: "Mixed Bag, WNEW New York". Interview on WNEW FM. October, 1998)