Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally grew up in Long Island and now lives in Mississippi, but she spoke for all those who love the Jersey shore — or anyone, really, who feels a strong connection to any particular place — on her song, “Bury My Heart on the Jersey Shore,” which she included on her 2002 album, Jukebox Sparrows.
In the song, which she co-wrote with Joshua Grange and Richard Felman, she sings:
“As soon as I could walk I ran
Stayed about as still as sand
And when I stopped and turned around
Said, ‘Man, oh man, how far I’ve come
Look at all these things I’ve done
Yeah, you know I just want to go home’ “
Check it out below.
New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday in 2014. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we marked the occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, from September 2014 to September 2015 — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. To see the entire list, click here.
“Ole Toms River” by Gar Francis or “Down at The Ocean Gate”