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Song Parodies -> "The Great State of New Jersey"

Original Song Title:

"The City of New Orleans"

Original Performer:

Steve Goodman

Parody Song Title:

"The Great State of New Jersey"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

So the "Sarcastic Paranoid" is now taking on my entire State, is he? ("Moron From New Jersey") Well, you're living in your own private Idaho, ain't ya? Our great Governor Jon Corzine has put our financial house in order, and how's YOUR Governor doin'? You're too chicken to tell us your State, much less to leave comments.
Living in the Great State of New Jersey
suburban central, south farms, northern streets
eighteen exits on the blacktopped Turnpike
and the Devils, a hockey team tough to beat.

All along the Parkway odyssey
the drivers heading to the sea
they roll along, so glad of Corzine's deal.
Knowing they voted for Gore
and Kerry in 2004
and a big relieving sigh is all they feel.

Good morning, America, how are ya?
Say, don't ya know me? I'm your smarter son.
I'm the place they call the Great State of New Jersey.
And you'll wish you'd voted with me when this song is done.

Dealing card games in the Boardwalk's big casinos
spending a bundle, pit boss keeping score.
Win stuffed bears by knocking over bottles
and feel the breeze drifting off the shore.

And the sons of politicians
and the sons of old-time cops
drive down Route 1 to their Outback Steakhouse meal.
Mothers with their babes asleep
glad husband's not right-wing creep
and the thought Bush soon is gone, so good they feel.

Good day, America, how are ya?
Say, don't ya know me? I'm your smarter son.
I'm the place they call the Great State of New Jersey.
And you'll wish you'd voted with me when this song is done.

Nighttime in the Great State of New Jersey
parking cars in lot, Route 23.
Shopping mall, feels like home for many
though the workers board the buses back to Newark poverty.

And all the towns and people seem
aware there's still a bad dream
and the "President" still ain't heard the news:
Our State's got higher minimum wage
than D.C. allows, that's why we rage.
This State's got the right to be proud that we vote Blue!

Good night, America, how are ya?
Say, don't ya know me? I'm your smarter son.
I'm the place they call the Great State of New Jersey.
And you'll wish you'd voted with me when this song is done.
By the way, at last check, Bush's approval ratings were still in the low 30s. And Jon Corzine is smarter and tougher than Jim Florio. Like Brendan Byrne, he WILL beat the whining tax-crybabies and be re-elected.

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Pacing: 4.4
How Funny: 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.5

Total Votes: 8

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Susanna Viljanen - July 20, 2006 - Report this comment
4-5-5. I had problems on pacing, but this is a difficult song to spoof. While I stated I'm neither left nor right, I usually sympathize the underdog, and this was a humorous yet smart reply.
alvin rhodes - July 20, 2006 - Report this comment
clever twisting
Chris H. - July 20, 2006 - Report this comment
Who gives a rats behind about your state. Sheesh!
MasonR - July 20, 2006 - Report this comment
Hey Michael! Not only do you get 5's for this, but I respectfully nominate this as the new unofficial state anthem of New Jersey, to replace "Born to Run"! Great job on the parody (and the Gov is hanging tough, too!)
Kristof Robertson - July 21, 2006 - Report this comment
The Boss would be proud of you, Mike! 555
111 - July 30, 2006 - Report this comment
New Jersey's retarded, and everything you mentioned about it in your song is exactly what's wrong with it. Yes, please do make this your wretched state's anthem--it'll rank right up there with "Believe" by Cher and "Beautiful" by James Blunt for good taste and artistic quality.

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