Telling it

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Telling About It—in Song

They tell of the Turnpike—through song. They are the songwriters who over the past fifty years have found inspiration in the endless movement of the mammoth highway. In their lyrical telling, they transport their listeners to a place where cars meet the road, and have helped elevate the New Jersey Turnpike to star status.

Test your knowledge of Turnpike songs by matching the musicians to their lyrics about the Turnpike:


1.Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry

A. "Well I was rollin' wheels and shiftin' gears
'Round that Jersey Turnpike
When Barney stopped with his gun
Ten minutes after midnight.

Said 'Sir you broke the limit in that rusty ol' truck
I don't know about that accent son
Just where do you come from?'”

2.Simon & Garfunkel
Simon & Garfunkel

B. "New Jersey Turnpike
Ridin’ on a wet night
’Neath the refinery’s glow
Out where the great black rivers flow.”

3. Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Sprinsteen

C. "New Jersey Turnpike in the wee, wee hours
I was rolling slowly ’cause of drizzling showers."


4. Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson

D. "I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why.
Countin’ the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all come to look for America."