I don’t usually post about music here at The Pond.  But given the all the Jersey connections here, I thought this might be appropriate for a truly horrifying Halloween in the Garden State….

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

No, not the lyrics of the song, but a description of the ingredients that went into the making of Bruce Springsteen’s “A Night With The Jersey Devil”.


The “old” is the legend of the Jersey Devil.  “On a stormy night in 1735, Mother Leeds gave birth to her 13th child.  The child was born normal, but transformed into a creature with hooves, a horse’s head, bat wings, and a forked tail.  He inhabits the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey.”

The “new” is Springsteen inserting his own not-inconsiderable ego into the story:  “They gonna know me wherever I go.”

The “borrowed” is the final verse taken from Gene Vincent’s 1958 single “Baby Blue”.

And the “blue” is Muddy Waters’ 1954 classic “Hoochie Coochie Man” (written by Willie Dixon).

Happy Halloween…wherever you go.

Crossposted from: http://masscommons.wordpress.com/

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