In Freehold

East Rutherford, NJ ~ Aug 11, 1999

I was born right here on Randolph street in Freehold
Here right behind that big red maple in Freehold
Well i went to school right here
Got laid and had my first beer, in Freehold

Well my folks all lived and worked right here in Freehold
I remember running up the street past the convent & the church in Freehold
Chased my daddy down in these bars
First fell in love with this guitar, here in Freehold

I had my first kiss at the YMCA canteen on a Friday night
Maria Espinosa baby, where are you tonight
You were 13 but way ahead of your time
I walked home with a limp but I felt just fine, that night in Freehold

Well the girls at Freehold Regional yeah, they all looked pretty fine
Had my heart broke at least a half a dozen times
I wonder if they miss me, do they still get the itch...
If they had dumped me if they knew I'd strike it rich, straight out of Freehold

Well, a lot of folks gave us kids a hand in Freehold
Man, we started up our rock n roll band in Freehold
Well we learned really quick how to rock it
I'll never forget the feeling of that first 5 bucks in my pocket,
That I earned in Freehold
Well I got outta here hard and fast in Freehold
Everybody wanted to kick my ass back there in Freehold
Well if you were different black or brown
It was a pretty redneck town, back there in Freehold

Well now something broke my daddy's back in Freehold
He left and for 30 years he'd never come back
Except once he drove from California in just 3 days
Called my relatives some dirty names
Drove straight out of Freehold
Now he's buried by the highway,
Buried in the dirt his ghost just flippin' the bird,
To everybody in Freehold

Well, my sister got pregnant at 17 in Freehold
Back then people they could be pretty mean
Now honey you had a rough road to go
Now you ain't made of nothin' but soul
I love you more that you'll ever know, we both survived Freehold

Well my buddy Mike he's the Mayor now in Freehold
I remember when we had a lot more hair in Freehold
I left and swore I'd never walk these streets again, jack
Now all I can say is "holy shit I'm back", back in Freehold

Well I read something in the paper a couple weeks ago that seemed pretty funny
The town council was debating about putting up a statue,
A statue of me in my hometown, but it cost too much money
Well I'd like to thank the Town Council,
My friends, for saving me from humiliation
By demonstrating the good hard common sense that we learned in Freehold

Well this summer everything was green
Rode my kids on the fire engines through the streets of Freehold
I brought them to where dad was born and raised.
And first felt the sun on his face, in Freehold

Well I still got a lot of good friends right there
I can usually find a free beer somewhere with free meals I am blessed
Should I go crazy blow all my money, hit the tabloids,
Become fodder for the talk shows, turn my life into a complete fuckin' mess..
At least I'll never go hungry I Freehold...

Well I got a good Catholic education here in Freehold
Led to an awful lot of masturbation here in Freehold
Now father it was just something I did for a smile
Hell I still get a good one off once in a while and dedicate it to Freehold

Don't get me wrong, I ain't putting anybody down
In the end it all just goes and comes around in my hometown, FREEHOLD

~Bruce Springsteen~

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