(chorus) The Asbury Park Rebellion In the Summer of '70 Suburban whites played music While cops suppressed Black dreams.
(verses) Demanding summer jobs African-American youth rebelled For Asbury Park's tourist trade Failed to hire them. The white merchants made money From the crowds who came to swim In the ocean by the beach Who filled restaurants and inns.(chorus)
On the West Side of Asbury Park Seven hundred youths want jobs But only 246 Can be hired with Youth Corps funds. Yet white kids from other towns Are recruited by the white merchants To staff their boardwalk businesses And resort hotels and restaurants. (chorus)
So after a July 4th dance The Asbury Park Rebellion began And white-owned Springwood Avenue stores Had some windows broken. The mayor then called his cops Led by a puppet chief And 150 state police arrived Who brutally cleared the streets.(chorus)
One thousands youths marched downtown After 5 p.m. on July the 7th And trashed the stores on Main Street As the state troopers fired their weapons. Cops used tear gas and shotguns And clubbed women with their nightsticks And fired into apartment windows When they occupied the West Side district.(chorus)
State police held machine guns On the streets of Asbury Park And their shotgun pellets wounded Over 90 folks in the dark. Fourteen were taken with gunshot wounds To Jersey Shore Hospital And 160 were arrested And some claimed that "4 were killed." (chorus)
A town curfew was imposed Yet Concerned Citizens made 22 demands Like more jobs for local youth More housing and a police review board. Jersey's suburban whites Play music still when they're old But how Asbury Park's Revolt was crushed Remains a tale untold.(chorus)