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Lyric of the Week: GOING DOWN TO SEASIDE BLUES

Updated: Jun 22

Well I’m going down to Seaside

Seaside Heights here I come

Well I’m going down to Seaside, baby

Seaside Heights here I come

Well I left my old world behind

Back where I started from.

Well I left my woman behind

You know she was no good to me

Well I left my old woman behind

You know she was not good for me

All these fancy ideas she learned in college

Hit me upside my head, knocked me down on my knees.

Well I’m gonna get a job

On them rides, arcades, and games

Yeah, I’m gonna get me a good job

On them rides, arcades, and games

But the kind of thrills I’m looking for

Ain’t the kind of thrill I can ever name.

Well I tried to sing the blues

But the blues been beaten to death

Well I tried to sing them blues, baby

But the blues been beaten to death

But I was born with the blues

And I’ll live ‘em till my last breath.

Well I’m going down to Seaside

Seaside Heights here I come

Well I’m going down to Seaside, baby

Seaside Heights here I come

Now I ain’t ever gonna go back

To that place I started from.


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"Boardwalk at Seaside Heights, NJ 0043" by Kim Carpenter ©2011

Seaside Heights, NJ ... I don't think there's anyplace quite like it, even among the beach towns spread up and down the East Coast like dirty little jewels. I have played there, hung out there, performed there, written songs there, brought my children and significant others there, and lamented when fire devastated a large part of the boardwalk in 2013. I have run away from my religion there, only to find my similarly nonobservant co-religionists running many of the stores on the boardwalk. Some call it "Sleazeside" and it may be reputed to be the white-trash capital of the Jersey Shore, but I love it all the same. Gimme a slab of pizza, a giant-sized lemonade, a frozen custard, and the heavenly aroma of treife sausage and peppers pervading it all, and I am in paradise.

As for the song ... it is a Soul In Exile outtake, from when I was thinking of making one of the albums a musical map of the Shore, with a song about each of the significant destinations. It was written in the classic 12-bar blues style, which the structure of the verses all but give away; however, after consulting with fellow singer-songwriters, I came to the conclusion that there really is no way to say anything new in that old style.

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