Main Menu | Jersey Shore Real Estate | Jersey City / Hoboken Real Estate | Hudson County Politics | Hudson County Facts | New Jersey Mafia | Email this Page
Reset Windows XP Password | Reinstalling Windows XP | eMachine Power Supplies are a TIME BOMB! | Computer Noise | Don't Trust External Hard Drives!
Advertise with Text Links and Banners Threatening to Kill the President NJ Bicycle Routes SEO - Search Engine Optimization - Search Engine Marketing - SEM Apple iTunes Lincoln Tunnel Beatles Billboards

Asbury Park Guide
Was Born to Run Almost the Official New Jersey State Song?


One of the many Springsteens truisms (right up there with his being "discovered" in Asbury Park) is that Born to Run just missed becoming the Official New Jersey State song. Like most things concerning Springsteen, New Jersey and life in general, the truth is a little more complicated than that.

As can be seen in the actual resolution, the original proposal was to bestow the title of "New Jersey Pop Music Ambassador to America" on Springsteen" and to declare "Born to Run, as the unofficial theme of our State's youth." To my simple Jersey City mind, it seems a bit of a contradiction in terms and wasted verbiage for the New Jersey State Legislature to officially declare a song as an unofficial theme, but that's what they were going to do. The honorific rubric "New Jersey Pop Music Ambassador to America" that appears in the original text was to be struck from the final draft.

It must be kept in mind that resolutions (and their Executive Branch cousin, the proclamation) are often made up of formal language of a laudatory and exhortative nature: what's called puff in advertising. That's basically what we've got here. The real intent of the Legislature -- and a worthy one at that -- seems to have been to heap praise on Springsteen as an artist not just hailing from the state and popular here, but who also reflected on New Jersey for subject matter.

Alas, these lyrics:
. . .
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we're young
. . .
sorta turned the State Senate sour on the idea; ACR No. 121 was never released for a vote.

But, as many a Springsteen song suggests, remembering the past should free the future, not put it in shackles.

Tell Your Representatives:
Springsteen DESERVES Official Recognition!

Absolut Vodka Twist billboard
Absolutís version of femme sole?

Second Thief, Best Thief: The Tunnel Bar by Anthony Olszewski - Great stories about a Jersey City saloon in the '70s and '80s
Great Jersey City Stories!
Second Thief, Best Thief: The Tunnel Bar

The New Jersey Mafia

The William Burroughs
Nike commercial

Online Advertising at Online Advertising

New Jersey Frequently Asked Questions

"Our Computers Don't Make Mistakes"

George Washington to Run for Office!

Return to the Main Menu

The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and The Central Railroad Terminal
Visit Liberty State Park!

Questions? Need more information?

Contact us at:
297 Griffith St.
Jersey City, NJ 07307

ALL Material At This Site