Jersey (Don't Kill Me)

Heidi Winzinger
Heidi Winzinger


The Jersey Devil is a legendary creature or cryptid said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey, United States. The creature is often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many different variations. The Jersey Devil remained an obscure regional legend through most of the 18th and 19th centuries until a series of purported sightings in 1909 gained it press coverage and wider notability. Dunning writes that the Jersey Devil was described in newspapers as having "leathery batlike wings", the body of a serpent and the head of a horse, cloven hooves, two small arms, a devil's forked tail, and a "horrifying screech". Heidi's song "Jersey" (Don't Kill Me) is a play on the Jersey Devil's immortality coming to an end. It is searching for a cure by drinking blood, but nothing works. Then, he is lured through the pines back to Leeds Point by a sister he didn't know existing who is more powerful a witch than his mother was. She offers her blood to give him true immortality, but she has to beg him to trust her and not kill her first.


Moonlight crawls across the black of night Labored breathe, you rest, under the pitch pines Four hundred years are wearing thin Kirkwood-Cohansey poised to drink you in Bemused by your need to journey on A spell of low smoke sweetly envelopes you Divine fragrance drives you to the Point Nostrils flared, the smell of kin blood yeah... chorus: Jersey don’t kill me Jersey don’t kill me Rewards unclaimed for you alive or dead Men still hunt you down across this barren land Immortality slipping away But here behind my door your resurrection lay Blood spilled from Red Bank to Barnegat Searching for the cure with every crimson drink Believing your kind were extinct But now the fourteenth child reveals herself to you Chorus Like you, death has walked past my door But decay has put a mark on you And I’ve had time to hone my sorcery And now I share with you our immortality chorus
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