• The Hesh

Lyric of the Week: JRZguyinLA

Updated: Jun 7

Well I suppose I should tell you how I got here

How I somehow got steered across this continent

From the Shore to the Coast, oh Lord have mercy

It’s a long way from Jersey but I’m here to represent

How did I, the consummate East Coast dude

With East Coast attitude, find myself in this place

Did I change my place in order to change my fortune

A more abundant portion and a dose of good grace

Well I made it here in one piece, I made it this far

Driving a 26-foot U-Haul, towing my car

I didn’t come here to become a movie star

But let whatever is supposed to happen, happen

‘Cuz I’m a Jersey guy

A Jersey guy in LA

I’ve replaced the Garden State Parkway

With the Golden State Freeway

I’m a Jersey guy

A Jersey guy in LA

Is it just me, or is the ocean

On the wrong side of the highway

Santa Monica’s got nothing on the piers of Wildwood

In terms of second childhood or summer boardwalk thrills

But there’s no place down the shore quite like Venice Beach

No heights that can reach up like the Hollywood Hills

Well each place has its glamour and each has its grit

And I don’t quite fit, but I try to make the best

It’s the latest episode of making my way in this world

My reality got swirled on my trip from east to west

Well my leather jacket squeaks and my boot heels click

Got a sense of northeastern cool and downtown slick

Imported from back home, and I make sure it still sticks

Let he who understands, understand

That I’m a Jersey guy

A Jersey guy in LA

There’s just something wrong when in the summer everything’s brown

And in the winter everything’s green

I’m a Jersey guy

A Jersey guy in LA

I’ll put a new coat of paint on this lonesome old town

And find a way to make it my scene

Down at Franklin and Cahuenga I was mistaken for a local

Some tourist or yokel figured I belonged

He couldn’t distinguish my accent or inflection

I gave him directions, smiled, and sent him along

Well I’ve been cruising down these boulevards

Trying hard to discard what I believed all my days

And I’ve been taken over by a spiritual groove

With the power to move me beyond these falsely held clichés

The sun has blasted my mind and burned away the winter blues

It’s done a number on the old ways and broken old taboos

I don’t know what I’ll find here, I could either win or lose

But let whatever will be done, be done

‘Cuz I’m a Jersey guy

A Jersey guy in LA

I may find new arrangements

But I’ll still be playing the same basic tune

I’m a Jersey guy

A Jersey guy in LA

Don’t expect me to evolve into a beach boy

An eagle or chili pepper anytime soon

Well I’m a Jersey guy

A Jersey guy in LA

From 287 and 95

To THE 10 and THE 405

I’m a Jersey guy

A Jersey guy in LA

From Route 1&9 to Highway 101

I’m here, babe, I’ve arrived!

©2018 The Hesh Inc.

The opening salvo of my projected opus about my time in Los Angeles. Loosely based on my song "Jersey Shore Baby," from the album Soul In Exile 2: Jersey Shore Baby, turned a bit inside out. It may be a continuation of the Soul In Exile story—how could it not be? The Jersey guy goes to the West Coast and takes to it like a fish to water, despite all his East Coast prejudices that he left somewhere in the desert as he crossed the country overland! But we'll see. If and when I do get to making that album, I imagine these lyrics will be refined a bit. But as a burst of cautious optimism, it does well.

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