Gary Frost pays tribute to The Boss in roundabout way in ‘Shutup Springsteen’ single

shutup springsteen

The cover of Gary Frost’s single, “Shutup Springsteen.”

In 2017 and 2018, I did a two-part series on songs about Bruce Springsteen — 40 songs in which he’s the subject, or at least mentioned in the lyrics, the most famous one undoubtedly being Eric Church’s “Springsteen.” Here are links to Part 1 and Part 2.

And now here is another one: “Shutup Springsteen,” a country ballad by Colts Neck’s Gary Frost. You can watch the video for it below.

Don’t be misled by the title. Frost has nothing against Springsteen himself. It’s just that he’s tortured by thoughts of an ex-girlfriend, and when he hears Springsteen, he always thinks of her, so Springsteen songs have become difficult for him to listen to.

Frost also fills the verses with references to Springsteen songs (e.g., “I thought that I’d be tougher than the rest/And I could get you off of my chest/But maybe I’ve just got a hungry heart”).

“Springsteen music has always been a big part of my life and for me like so many other people, it definitely evokes many emotions,” said Frost. “When I was writing the song I was thinking particularly about his love songs and what special significance they might have to people in relationships. Then I asked myself a question … what does the song mean when the relationship is over?

“Most people can relate to having a song that they consider ‘our song.’ The song starts playing, you immediately start smiling and thinking of your special someone, maybe you are singing along and it’s such a great feeling. Unfortunately after a breakup the same song still stirs up feelings and not the good kind.”

Frost will open for Michael Ray at Jenks in Point Pleasant Beach, July 6; visit For more on him, visit


Since launching in September 2014,, a 501(c)(3) organization, has become one of the most important media outlets for the Garden State arts scene. And it has always offered its content without a subscription fee, or a paywall. Its continued existence depends on support from members of that scene, and the state’s arts lovers. Please consider making a contribution of any amount to via PayPal, or by sending a check made out to to 11 Skytop Terrace, Montclair, NJ 07043.


Custom Amount

Personal Info

Donation Total: $20.00

Explore more articles:

Leave a Comment

Sign up for our Newsletter