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New Single: Chicago USA

Cover art for "Chicago USA" by The Jerrys

My new single, “Chicago USA,” is now available as a free download. The song is a tribute to two of my favorite childhood songs, “Downtown” and “I Know a Place” (both made popular by Petula Clark), as well as my contribution to songs about Chicago. I’ve nothing against “Sweet Home Chicago,” but it’s time for a new Chicago song, and this is what I think it should sound like:

 

Chicago USA

There’s a place I know
where you can go.
Every time you go there
you feel good.
It’s a real cool place to be.
It’s the kind of place for me.
It’s where I want to be–
always something
to be found
always something
going down wow!

Chicago
Chicago USA
Chicago U-S-A!

There’s a place I know
where you can be
anything you want to.
It’s all good.
It’s such a sight to see!
It’s just right for me.
It’s where I want to be–
always something
downtown
always something
going round wow!

Chicago
Chicago USA
Chicago U-S-A!

Music and lyrics ©2016 by Jerry Schwartz

Go ahead. Give it a listen!

Jerrys Announce New EP, ‘The Wind Cries Jerrys’

The Jerrys drums logo by ScottyRocks

It’s official: The Wind Cries Jerrys, a 6-song EP containing new original songs by Jerry Schwartz, will be released by The Jerrys in 2017. Recording is well under way and expected to be completed by spring, with mixing and mastering to follow. A new single, “Chicago USA,” which the band previewed live on WZRD Chicago in 2016, will be released ahead of the EP.

Track listing
  1. Chicago USA
  2. Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo
  3. I Think About You
  4. Ms. Wonderful
  5. Another Glorious Day
  6. Anna Marie

The new release also features Robert Porche’ (drums), Jim Losby (bass guitar), and a surprise guest. Stay tuned for new music by the Jerrys!

(Image is a photo of original print by ScottyRocks.)

Chicago Songs

Chicago at Night

Many songs about Chicago and songs that mention Chicago have been written and recorded over the years, and as one might expect, there’s a huge list of Chicago songs on Wikipedia. Among those about Chicago, here are the ones that stand out to me:

  • Back to Chicago (Duke Tumatoe)
  • Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town) (Fred Fisher)
  • Chicago Bound (Jimmy Rogers)
  • Chicago (Sufjan Stevens)
  • Lakeshore Drive (Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah)
  • My Kind of Town (Chicago Is) (Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen)
  • Sweet Home Chicago (Robert Johnson)
  • We’re All Crazy in Chicago (Jonathon Brandmeier)

As a songwriter, I’ve always wanted to add to the list, and I’ve done just that with my upcoming single by The Jerrys, “Chicago USA.” Not just another Chicago song, the tune is also a tribute to two of my favorite childhood songs, “Downtown” and “I Know a Place”—both written by Tony Hatch and made popular by Petula Clark. Stay tuned.

Every Girl by The Jerrys

Let's Groove

Every Girl

My girl is every girl,
Every girl to me.
My girl is every girl,
Every girl I see.
But she’s gonna leave me
With nothing more than a memory,
And it’s so lonely to be free.

I know I gotta do everything,
Everything I can.
I know and she’s gotta know
That I’m a better man.
I’ve been selfish.
I’ve been lost before and
I never knew what I had till it cost me.

My girl is taking the train
And making a change from me.
My girl is every girl,
And now it’s only me.
She was a young girl,
Now nothing more than a memory.
Now she’s only another fish in the sea.

Words and music ©2010 by Jerry Schwartz

The Jerrys Live Tonight on WZRD

WZRD Wizard

The Jerrys will play live in the studio at WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM tonight (April 21, 2016) at 10 PM. Joining me will be Robert Porche’ (drums and vocals) and Jim Losby (bass guitar and vocals).

Here’s how to listen to the show:

Radio
If you live on the north side of Chicago, tune in to WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM on your radio dial.

Computer
Listen to the live stream.

Phone
Use the Tune In app, available at iTunes and Google Play.

In addition to original music, we’ve got a couple of surprises in store, so kick back and enjoy the show.