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"A Nightmare on My Street" is a rap song released in 1988 by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. It was released between the releases of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, but has no affiliation with New Line Cinema or the movies.


Will Smith, Jeff Townes (known as DJ Jazzy Jeff) and P. Harris wrote the song as a parody of the movies.

The song and use of the character Freddy Krueger in the song was never authorized by New Line Cinema. In the song, Krueger is only referred to as "Fred", with his last name never mentioned. At one point, the studio was considering using the song in Dream Master, but ultimately decided against it.


The song begins explaining that the Fresh Prince went to see A Nightmare on Elm Street with friends of his. He recounts getting home and going to sleep and then having an encounter with Freddy Krueger. After waking up, he calls DJ Jazzy Jeff, who is then murdered by Freddy.


The song was released as the third track off of the album He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper. It was very popular, rising to number 15 on the Billboard charts.


Now I have a story
That I'd like to tell
About this guy, you all know him
He had me scared as hell!

He comes to me at night
After I crawl into bed
He's burned up like a weenie
And his name is Fred!

He wears the same hat
And sweater every single day
And even if it's hot outside
He wears it, anyway!

He's gone when I'm awake
But he shows up when I'm asleep
I can't believe that there's a nightmare
On my street!

It was a Saturday evening
If I remember it right
And we had just gotten back
Off tour last night

So the gang and I thought
That it would be groovy
If we summoned up the posse
And done rushed the movies

I got Angie
Jeff got Tina
Ready Rock got some girl
I'd never seen in my life

That was all right
Because the lady was chill
Then we dipped to the theater
Set to ill

Bugging cold
Having a ball
And something about Elm Street
Was the movie we saw

The way it started was decent
You know, nothing real fancy
About this homeboy named Fred
And this girl named Nancy

But word, when it was over
I say, "Yo, that was def!"
And everything seemed all right
When we left

But when I got home
And laid down to sleep
That began the nightmare
On my street!

It was burning in my room
Like an oven
My bed soaked with sweat
And man, I was bugging

I checked the clock
And it stopped at 12:30
It had melted, it was so darn hot
And I was thirsty

I wanted something cool
To quench my thirst
I thought to myself
"Yo, this heater's the worst!"

But when I got downstairs
I noticed something was wrong
I was home all alone
But the TV was on

I thought nothing of it
As I grabbed the remote
I pushed the power button
And then I almost choked

When I heard this awful voice
Coming from behind, it said
"You turned off David Letterman
Now, you must die!"

Man, I ain't even wait
To see who it was
Broke outside my drawers and screamed
"So long, cuz!"

Got halfway up the block
I calmed down and stopped screaming
Then thought
"Oh, I get it, I must be dreaming"

I strolled back home
With a grin on my grill
I figured since this is a dream
I might as well get ill

I walked in the house
The Big Bad Fresh Prince
But Freddy killed all that noise
Real quick

He grabbed me by my neck and said
"Here's what we'll do
We gotta lotta work here
Me and you

The souls of your friends
You and I will claim
You've got the body
And I've got the brain!"

I said, "Yo Fred
I think you've got me all wrong
I ain't partners with nobody
With nails that long

Look, I'll be honest, man
This team won't work
The girls won't be on you, Fred
Your face is all burned!"

Fred got mad
And his head started steaming
But I've thought
What the hell, I'm only dreaming

I said, "Please leave, Fred
So I can get some sleep
But give me a call
Maybe we'll hang out next week."

I patted him on the shoulder
Said, "Thanks for stopping by."
Then I opened up the door
And said, "Take care, guy!"

He got mad, drew back his arm
And slashed my shirt
I laughed at first, then thought
"Hold up, that hurt!"

It wasn't a dream, man
This guy was for real
I said, "Freddy, uh, pal
There's been an awful mistake here."

No further words
And then I darted upstairs
Crashed through my door
Then jumped on my bed

Pulled the covers up
Over my head
And said, "Oh, please
Do something with Fred!"

He jumped on my bed
Went through the covers with his claws
Tried to get me
But my alarm went off

And then silence!
It was a whole new day
I thought, "Huh!
I wasn't scared of him, anyway."

Until I noticed
Those rips in my sheets
And that was proof that there had been a nightmare
On my street

Prince: Oh, man, I gotta call Jeff. I gotta call Jeff! Come on, come on. Come on, Jeff, answer! Come on, man.
Jeff: Hello?
Prince: Jeff, this is Prince, man. Jeff, wake up. Jeff, wake up!
Jeff: What do you want?!!
Prince: Jeff, wake up, man. Listen to me, Jeff.
Jeff: It's three o'clock in the morning; what do you want?
Prince: Jeff, listen. Jeff, would you listen to me? Whatever you do, don't fall asleep.
Jeff: Man!
Prince: Jeff, listen to me. Don't go to sleep, Jeff. Jeff! Jeff!
Jeff: Look, look, I'll talk to you tomorrow, I'm going to bed...
Freddy: RAHHHH!
Jeff: Ahhhhh!
Prince: Jeff!! Jeff!!
Freddy: Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
Jeff: Ahhhhh!
Prince: Jeff!!
Freddy: RAHHHH!
Prince: Jeff! Jeff!! Jeff! Answer me, Jeff!!
Freddy: I'm your D.J. now, Princey! Ah, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

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A Nightmare On My Street