A Night with the Jersey Devil
The song was released as a download-only single, accompanied by a video, on October 31, 2008 as a "Halloween treat" on the artist's website. This release featured a handwritten note by Springsteen:
- Dear Friends and Fans,
if you grew up in central or south Jersey, you grew up with the "Jersey Devil."
Here's a little musical Halloween treat. Have fun!
- Bruce Springsteen
The video is included the deluxe edition DVD of his Working on a Dream album, which is currently the only official physical release of the song. It is a blues tune with bullet mic vocals, including portions of the Gene Vincent 1958 song "Baby Blue" (specifically, one verse - featured here as the last verse), and therefore Springsteen shares the song's writing credits with the two co-writers of "Baby Blue", Robert Jones and Gene Vincent.
Springsteen's lyrics tell the story of a legendary creature known as the "Jersey Devil"; in 1735 a woman called "Mother Leeds" gave birth to her 13th child, who metamorphosed into an evil creature with bat wings, forked feet and a horse's head; because of this, his parents threw him in a river where he drowned and now haunts the Pine Barrens in New Jersey.
The song was released on 7" vinyl along with "What Love Can Do" on April 18, 2009 as part of the Record Store Day promotion.
- Song lyrics and information on www.springsteenlyrics.com
- Vena, Jocelyn (October 31, 2008). Bruce Springsteen’s Halloween Treat: 'A Night With The Jersey Devil' MTV News.
- List of 2009 Record Store Day Releases