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Lookin' for the Jersey Devil

from Wright Street by Bob Wright

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(capo 2) © by Bob Wright

I was born across the river
And my name is Tommy Moore
And I can see the Watchung Mountains
When I look out my back door
It was there I met a woman
They called her Heartless Kate
Her head was in the right place
But her heart would run away

It’d disappear for hours
It’d disappear for days
It’d disappear but she’d be there
I suspected evil ways
So late at night I’d pull away
Chasin’ down my doubts
Lookin’ for the Jersey Devil
On the Turnpike headed south

So hold on tight to your sweet soul when the Jersey Devil grabs ahold
Don’t look back don’t turn around he’s too fast he’ll drag you down
Heed my warnings he’s for real… and the Jersey Devil don’t cut deals

It gets cold down in the Barrens on February nights
And colder still on Barnegat where there ain’t no city lights
It’ll turn your breath to vapor and freeze your soul up tight
But it’s not as cold as that sweet soul when her heart takes to flight

now Delawares approaching fast there’s not a soul around
the highways dark and lonely here seems like I’m headed down
so I’m gonna cut my losses gonna learn to do without
lookin’ for the Jersey Devil on the Turnpike headed south (chorus)


from Wright Street, released January 1, 2003


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Bob Wright/ Harbortown New York, New York

He is a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning songwriter and Bob Wright songs are often mistaken for traditional songs because their immigrant roots run deep beneath the surface of America and back to the places they came from for nurturing and inspiration. They surface in a modern world, constructed with a modern sensibility and a comforting resonance with the past. ... more

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