Roller coasters, Ferris wheels, hot dog stands, and the tunnel of love. Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon (born Frederick Anthony Picariello, Jr.), from Massachusetts, had a hit with this song in 1962. It went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on the R&B Chart. “Palisades Park” was written by Chuck Barris, who also created game shows, including The Gong Show, The Dating Game, and The Newlywed Game. Chuck Barris just recently passed away on March 21, 2017. “Palisades Park” is a tribute to New Jersey’s Palisades Amusement Park. (The park has now been closed since 1971.) The up-tempo song has a unique organ part and amusement park sound effects.
Here are the lyrics to “Palisades Park” by Freddy Boom Boom Cannon:
“Last night I took a walk after dark
A swingin’ place called Palisades Park
To have some fun and see what I could see
That’s where the girls are
I took a ride on a shoot-the-chute
That girl I sat beside was awful cute
After we stopped she was holdin’ hands with me
My heart was flyin’
Up like a rocket ship
Down like a roller coaster
Back like a loop-the-loop
And around like a merry-go-round
We ate and ate at a hot dog stand
We danced around to a rockin’ band
And when I could I gave that girl a hug
In the tunnel of love
You’ll never know how great a kiss can feel
When you stop at the top of a Ferris wheel
When I fell in love down at Palisades Park”
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