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Updated: Mar 28

When scandal after scandal breaks in the news

And when this town can’t seem to shake those blues

And when I can’t seem to find my muse

I wonder why I still care.

When this place is run on backroom deals

No whistles blown, no squeaky wheels

And the behind-the-scenes bigshot bribes and steals

I wonder why I still care.

The plans grow stale and the buildings rot

Beyond fancy drawings, we ain’t seen squat

Same players, same old plot

I wonder why I still care.

To build the future we must destroy the past

The pundits proclaim, so bold, so crass

They’re talking straight out their ass

I wonder why I still care.

This place deserves all the shit it gets

The believers leave it with few regrets

It just ain’t worth getting this upset

I wonder why I still care.

But I get in my car almost every day

Drive these streets to catch a faint ray

Of hope that may yet compel me to stay

Though I wonder why I still care.

And then I get out of the car and soak up the sea air

The voices speak, the spirit’s still there

That supernatural vibe you can’t get just anywhere

And I realize why I still care.

Nothing’s gonna pull my roots out of this ground

Nothing can take away the precious thing I found

This town belongs to me, and I belong to this town

And like it or not, I’ll always care.

©2024 The Hesh Inc.

AP boardwalk at night
Asbury Park, where else??

These lyrics were written during my second burst of writing for the Soul In Exile magnum opus, which coincided with a period in which the City of Asbury Park was struggling to pull itself out of its hell years. I often wondered what in the world I was doing there, and why I insisted on staying there when there was any number of better places where I could plant myself without such woes. And then I would drive down to the boardwalk and the ocean, where I was often the only one there, and then I would understand why it all mattered.

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