NJ Defends Old Glory

NOON -- The The Star-Ledger of New Jersey reports the following international tempest in a toxic dump:

    There were plenty of heated fans among the crowd of more than 50,000 Tuesday afternoon when two international soccer rivals, England and Colombia, squared off at Giants Stadium for an exhibition match.

    But no one in the stadium was hotter than acting Gov. Richard J. Codey when he stood on the field before the match and heard the national anthems of both competing nations, but not "The Star-Spangled Banner."

    "I was shocked, absolutely shocked," Codey said yesterday...

    Codey said the failure to play the U.S. national anthem tainted what should have been a proud moment for international soccer, New Jersey and the United States. He dashed off letters...
We at Light Reading attended that match, where we were encouraged to root for Enguh-land! Enguh-land! And it's true, the proceedings were dampened considerably by the dearth of American patriotic fervor. Even better than the NA, however, would have been a rousing chorus or two of the semi-official New Jersey State Song, "I'm From New Jersey" (words and music by Red Mascara):

    I know of a state that's a perfect playland with white sandy beaches by the sea;
    With fun-filled mountains, lakes and parks, and folks with hospitality;
    With historic towns where battles were fought, and presidents have made their home;
    It's called New Jersey, and I toast and tout it wherever I may roam. 'Cause...

    First Chorus
    I'M FROM NEW JERSEY and I'm proud about it, I love the Garden State.
    I'M FROM NEW JERSEY and I want to shout it, I think it's simply great.
    All of the other states throughout the nation may mean a lot to some;
    But I wouldn't want another, Jersey is like no other, I'm glad that's where I'm from.

    Second Chorus
    If you want glamour, try Atlantic City or Wildwood by the sea;
    Then there is Trenton, Princeton, and Fort Monmouth, they all made history.
    Each little town has got that certain something, from High Point to Cape May;
    And some place like Mantoloking, Phillipsburg, or Hoboken will steal your heart away.
New Jersey: You had me at Hoboken...

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:12:35 AM
re: NJ Defends Old Glory I'm hoping this is some kind of hoax. Surely the N.J. powers that be could have commissioned Frank Sinatra or even The Boss, both NJ natives, to write real songs.

fgoldstein 12/5/2012 | 3:10:48 AM
re: NJ Defends Old Glory I'm from New Jersey too -- it's a good place to be from, especially if like me you no longer live there -- and alas the song is for real. I've actually heard the recording of Red Mascara singing it, so I know the tune.

Sometime maybe thirty years ago, he made a big push on the legislature to get his song made official. They may have had something else beforehand, more stodgy than Mascara's Music Hall-style ditty, but nobody knew it. Now they have something that they just wish nobody knew.

I prefer, and sometimes sing, the unofficial state song written by (IIRC) Jack Roberts and Tony Barrand about forty years ago, "The Rolling Mills of New Jersey" (usually sung "Joyzee"). To an old Scottish tune, here's the chorus (and I suspect you could google the rest up -- and I want another banana!):

When I die, bury me low
Where I can hear the petroleum flo o o ow
A sweeter Sound I never will know
The rolling mills of New Jersey.

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