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Songs mentioning "Hackensack" and other local towns
« on: March 29, 2012, 11:15:31 PM »
I came across an April 2006 issue of 201 Magazine that has a 4-page spread about Bergen County town names in songs. Of course, Hackensack seems to dominate the list, which - by the way - is FAR from complete.

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Re: Songs mentioning "Hackensack" and other local towns
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013, 01:00:22 AM »
"The Freckle Song" - an old song where "Hackensack" (by necessity) rhymes with "career" (performed by New Jersey's own Uncle Floyd).


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Re: Songs mentioning "Hackensack" and other local towns
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2018, 02:13:41 PM »
https://www.northjersey.com/story/entertainment/2018/04/19/new-jersey-towns-songs-ode-our-state-music/527381002/

It was a bar gig, and I just shouldnt do bar gigs. I should do concerts in concert halls, and I learned my lesson, he explains. It was just the ambience of the whole thing, trying to play to a bunch of people who were more interested in drinking than in listening to music.

Yep.  Only Hackensack has bars with people more interested in drinking than listening to music.  We're unique that way.

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Re: Songs mentioning "Hackensack" and other local towns
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2018, 04:46:30 PM »
And of course anybody who ever heard a drill sergeant count cadence in basic training:

I know a girl from Hackensack
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...............................                    Last three lines left to the readers imagination or memory.

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Re: Songs mentioning "Hackensack" and other local towns
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2018, 07:30:00 PM »
Multiple New Jersey town names in a song goes all the way back to Dave Van Ronk in 1985?

Try 1959 and Tommy Facenda, who crammed a lot of New Jersey towns/schools in one of 30 local versions all over the country of a hit called "High School USA". The New York version was the hit around here (New York stations............what do you expect?), but here's the Jersey version that I'll bet ol' Homer remembers:



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