Palisades Park

Freddy Cannon

About Palisades Park

"Palisades Park" is a song written by Chuck Barris and recorded by Freddy Cannon. A tribute to New Jersey's Palisades Amusement Park, it is an up-tempo rock and roll tune led by a distinctive organ part. The track also incorporates amusement park sound effects, including the sounds of screaming riders on the roller coasters, and the quoting of a slower version of the "March of the Clowns", played on an organ imitating a Hurdy Gurdy or Calliope. In the song, the singer takes a walk after dark and discovers Palisades Park, where he meets and falls in love with a girl. Among the list of rides and attractions listed in the song are: "Shoot the Chute, Rocket Ship, Roller Coaster, Loop the Loop, Merry Go Round, Tunnel of Love, and the Ferris Wheel. 


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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
And after while 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

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
Down at Palisades Park

You know it's Palisades Park
Down at Palisades Park

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Freddy Cannon

Frederick Anthony Picariello Jr. (born December 4, 1939), known as Freddy Cannon, is an American rock and roll singer, whose biggest international hits included "Tallahassee Lassie", "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans", and "Palisades Park". more »

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Written by: CHUCK BARRIS

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16 facts about this song

"Palisades Park" was penned by Chuck Barris, who is better known as the creator and host of TV game shows such as "The Gong Show" and "The Dating Game".
Chart details
Released in 1962, the song quickly gained popularity and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It became Freddy Cannon's biggest hit.
The song falls under the genre of rock and roll music, where the lyrics deliver a colorful depiction of a visit to a carnival park.
The song was inspired by the real-life Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey which was a popular recreational spot before its closure in 1971.
Performance history
Cannon often performed "Palisades Park" on American Bandstand, a popular music-performance and dance television program.
The song was produced by Bob Crewe and Frank Slay, known for their exceptional career in songwriting and production.
"Palisades Park" was the title track of Freddy Cannon's 1962 studio album, which also contained other popular tunes including "Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It".
The song's enduring popularity inspired many musicians to cover it, including artists like the Beach Boys, Ramones, and Bruce Springsteen.
Music and sound effects
The song's distinctive characteristic comes from the use of carnival-like sounds, including an organ, that reflect the lively atmosphere of an amusement park.
Lyrical content
The lyrics describe various activities in a funfair such as rides on a roller coaster and a merry-go-round, providing a joyful and vibrant image of the park.
Original title
The song was originally titled "Amusement Park", however, it was changed by the record executive, Bernie Binnick, to "Palisades Park" to give it a more specific and attractive appeal.
The original song has a length of under two minutes, which was typical of popular songs in the early 1960s.
Music video
Despite being released before the common use of music videos in music promotion, a retro-style visual featuring archival footage of the actual Palisades amusement park was created.
“Palisades Park” is remembered as a nostalgic reminder of the heyday of American amusement parks in the mid-twentieth century.
Novelty factor
Because of its unique subject matter and catchy tune, the song is often categorized as a "novelty song"
Remembrance for Palisades Park
The song became a de facto anthem for the amusement park, and continues to evoke memories of the park, long after its closure.

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