‘I Like Jersey Best,’ John Pizzarelli

JOHN PIZZARELLI

JOHN PIZZARELLI

“The Pinelands and the Vinelands/Seaside Heights, Margate/You can have Miami/I love the Garden State,” sings John Pizzarelli in “I Like Jersey Best,”the Joseph Cosgriff-written song he has made into an unofficial state anthem.

It’s a fun, bouncy song, mentioning everything from “Good ole’ Rutgers U” to the shoe stores on Route 22. And in concert, the jazz singer and guitaristoften expands on itby singing in in the styles of other artists; the version below includes nods to Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, Billie Holiday and Mel Tormé.

No list of Jersey-related songs would be complete without it.

New Jersey celebratedits 350th birthday lastyear. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we are markingthe occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. We started in September 2014, and will keep going until late in the summer.

If you would like to suggest any songs to be included, please let me know in the comments section underneath the video. And if you want to see the entire list, either alphabetically or in the order the songs were selected, click here.

4 thoughts on “‘I Like Jersey Best,’ John Pizzarelli

  1. How can I get the music and lyrics to this song to use at a Knights of Columbus convention. If you can contact me ASAP it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    • I found these lyrics online. I’m not sure if sheet music is available though.

      Travelling down the Turnpike
      heading for the shore
      A thought just then occurred to me
      I never thought before
      I’ve been a lot of places
      Seen pictures of the rest
      But of all the places I can think of
      I like Jersey best.

      Betting halls, shopping malls,
      good old Rutgers U,
      47 shoes stores line Route 22
      The Meadowlands, the root beer stands
      Main Street Hackensack;
      I may leave for a week or two
      But I’m always coming back.

      The Pinelands and the Vinelands
      Seaside Heights Margate
      You can have Miami
      I love the Garden State
      I’ve been a lot of places
      Seen pictures of the rest
      But of all the places I can think of
      I like Jersey best.

      We have horses, Princeton courses,
      Gas stations we have scores
      Trenton, Hopewell, Lake Hopatcong,
      Mantoloking Shores;
      Some states have their rock stars,
      But Springsteen beats them all —
      And our beautiful arena has
      Brendan Byrne carved on the wall.

      Lots of dineries, oil refineries,
      Our highways make you cough,
      But Spring Lake Heights and Belmar
      Are places to get off.
      Drinking spots and used car lots
      Make the place just grand,
      If you want to pay a visit,
      Newark Airport’s where you land.

      The Pinelands and the Vinelands
      Seaside Heights Margate
      You can have Miami
      I love the Garden State
      I’ve been a lot of places
      Seen pictures of the rest
      But of all the places I can think of
      I like Jersey best.

      Philly dogs like Chili dogs
      They eat in Cherry Hill
      Woodbridge they make Haagen Dazs
      I can’t get my fill
      Saddle River ain’t chopped liver
      Nor is Lavallette
      There are no Jersey strangers,
      Just friends we haven’t met.

      The Jersey Nets went thataway, Piscataway
      No more, had another winning season
      And next year they’ll win more;
      Our Giants could go all the way
      If they could win just one,
      But the parties in the lots
      Before the games are really fun.

      The Pinelands and the Vinelands
      Seaside Heights Margate
      You can have Miami
      I love the Garden State
      I’ve been a lot of places
      Seen pictures of the rest
      But of all the places I can think of
      I like Jersey best.

      Our famous Parkway is the darkway
      Home from Manasquan
      You’d think for all those quarters
      They’d turn the road lights on
      And have no pity, Jersey City
      Once again will shine,
      With Holmdel, Cape May, Highland Park
      I like our state just fine.

      The Pinelands and the Vinelands
      Seaside Heights Margate
      You can have Miami
      I love the Garden State
      I’ve seen a lot of places
      Seen pictures of the rest
      But of all the places
      I can think of, I like Jersey Best!

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