‘In the Pine Barrens Night,’ Paul Evans Pedersen, Jr.

The cover of the album, "Lines on the Pines."

The cover of the album, “Lines on the Pines.”

We’ve already included one song inspired by the mythical Jersey Devil in 350 Jersey Songs, but here’s another one: “In the Pine Barrens Night,” by Paul Evans Pedersen, Jr.

Pedersen, of Malaga (Gloucester County), has not only written a book of short stories called “Pine Barrens: New Tales From Old Haunts,” but has released, in partnership with his wife Cookie, a CD of Pine Barrens-inspired songs titled Lines on the Pines. The country-flavored “In the Pine Barrens Night” — the leadoff track, sung by Pedersen in a rich, resonant voice that’s somewhat reminiscent of Gordon Lightfoot — establishes a mysterious tone with its lyrics about a creature with “the wings of a bat and a serpentine tail/And his red eyes, they glow like the fires from hell/And when he hisses and screams, you’ll pray it’s all a bad dream.”

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.


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Paul Evans Pedersen, Jr. July 6, 2015 - 10:37 am

Here is another song about the Pine Barrens you might enjoy, and, this is the song that was featured on CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain-Parts Unknown-NEW JERSEY”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CFR09h0xPg

njartsdaily@gmail.com July 6, 2015 - 12:27 pm


Tom Stackhouse July 6, 2015 - 5:56 pm

Suggest “AztecEagle” from my CD Tragedy.Mystery.Hope



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