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Song Parodies -> "The City of New Brunswick"

Original Song Title:

"The City of New Orleans"

Original Performer:

Arlo Guthrie

Parody Song Title:

"The City of New Brunswick"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

(instrumental opening)

Walking through the City of New Brunswick
New Jersey, Central, Monday morning, pale.
Crumbling cars and buildings, rusted girders.
Bankers, doctors and 25 bonds of bail.

All along the George Street odyssey
the buses, miles an hour are three
roll along past Rutgers girls with squeals
passing stores, they went bankrupt
Mayor Cahill, so corrupt
and boom boxes rocking automobiles.

Good morning, America, how are ya?
Say, doncha know me? I'm your black-sheep son.
I'm the place they call the City of New Brunswick.
I'll have cost 500 dollars when the day is done.

Drinks and card games with the young men in the frat house.
There ain't no point, they're too drunk to keep score.
Stumbling to the fridge to get a bottle
'til ceiling spins, and it becomes the floor.

And the sons of Rutgers chemists
and the sons of engineers
ride their fathers' credit cards as if they're steel.
Courthouse stands on Bayard Street.
Lawyers look for raps to beat.
And the hours billable is all they feel.

Good morning, America, how are ya?
Say, doncha know me? I'm your black-sheep son.
I'm the place they call the City of New Brunswick.
I'll have cost 500 dollars when the day is done.

Nighttime in the City of New Brunswick.
Eat strombolis down at Stuff Yer Face.
Halfway drunk, we'll be there by midnight
through the Central Jersey darkness
rolling down through the place.

But all the town and people seem
to fade into a bad dream
and ol' Cahill still ain't heard the news:
The construction crews still kicking-back
and everyone else shows such slack.
This town's got the disappearing brainpan blues!

Good night, America, how are ya?
Say, doncha know me? I'm your black-sheep son.
I'm the place they call the City of New Brunswick.
I'll have cost 500 dollars when the day is done.

(instrumental fadeout)

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Green Bloodied Hound Dogs - September 19, 2006 - Report this comment
Oh, you're getting even with me, writing songs about Jersey!
MasonR - September 19, 2006 - Report this comment
Hey neighbor, great job! I think I'll take a walk across the Albany Street Bridge and sing this at the top of my lungs, at midnight, in front of the J&J headquarters. Wanna join me?
Michael Pacholek - September 19, 2006 - Report this comment
I've been writing songs about New Jersey before you ever understood the concept of music. Then again, that could have been yesterday.
AFW - September 19, 2006 - Report this comment
Very well done...I see you've zoomed in a bit, on your "Great State Of New Jersey" parody...I've never been to New Brunswick, but you give it a very interesting brush stroke, here...top fives
alvin rhodes - September 19, 2006 - Report this comment
jiminy...i can only imagine what OLD brunswick was like...5s
Arwen - September 19, 2006 - Report this comment
The New Brunswick Board of Tourism should be proud...I know I want to go down to "Stuff Yer Face" tonight! =)
Steve K. - September 19, 2006 - Report this comment
No mention of Union Carbide? Or are they even still there?
2Eagle - September 19, 2006 - Report this comment
Brunswick almost rhymes with Burbank - gangs, yuppies, apartment complexes, mini mansions and never ending developing.
Meriadoc - September 19, 2006 - Report this comment
Maybe we should just give it back to Canada...? ;-D

2Eagle: Don't forget parking tickets. Lots and lots of parking tickets...
Green Bloodied Hound Dogs - September 19, 2006 - Report this comment
Did You See Me WHO Parody?
TJC - September 19, 2006 - Report this comment
Fantastic! Incredible ballad construction here with many fine hooks to the OS!

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