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…Up, like a rocket ship,

Down, Like a roller coaster…

Lyrics from Palisades Park

Palisades Park, located in Northern New Jersey, was an amusement park that opened in 1898 and closed in 1971, but not before gaining acclaim in a song written by Chuck Barris (yes, the Gong Show host) and sung by Freddy "Boom-Boom" Cannon. In 1962 the song reached number three on the Billboard Top 100. It was covered by everyone from The Beach Boys to The Ramones and was even performed live by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.

Before the song hit the charts I was very familiar with Palisades Park. I grew up seeing commercials for it on television and being bombarded...

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