"Englishman In New York" as written by Gordon Matthew Sumner and Paul Hutsch....
I don't drink coffee I take tea, my dear
I like my toast done on one side
And you can hear it in my accent when I talk
I'm an Englishman in New York

You see me walking down Fifth Avenue
A walking cane here at my side
I take it everywhere I walk
I'm an Englishman in New York

Whoa, I'm an alien
I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York
Whoa, I'm an alien
I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York

If manners maketh man as someone said
He's the hero of the day
It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile
Be yourself no matter what they say

Whoa. I'm an alien
I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York
Whoa. I'm an alien
I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York

Modesty, propriety can lead to notoriety
But you could end up as the only one
Gentleness, sobriety are rare in this society
At night a candle's brighter than the sun

Takes more than combat gear to make a man
Takes more than a license for a gun
Confront your enemies, avoid them when you can
A gentleman will walk but never run

If manners maketh man as someone said
He's the hero of the day
It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile
Be yourself no matter what they say
Be yourself no matter what they say
Be yourself no matter what they say
Be yourself no matter what they say
Be yourself no matter what they say
Be yourself no matter what they say
Be yourself no matter what they say
Be yourself no matter what they say
Be yourself no matter what they say
Be yourself no matter what they say


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"Englishman in New York" as written by Paul Hutsch Gordon Sumner

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    General Comment[Sting]: Englishman in New York (1987) is about Quentin Crisp. He's one of the most charming, witty and courageous men I know. He was openly gay not only when it was dangerous, but when it was against the law. Then he moved to the Bowery, this tough neighbourhood in New York, when he was 71. The song has exactly the same chords as 'If You Love Somebody Set Them Free' If you find a good chord structure you should use it at least once or twice. I tried to capture the multicultural elements of the music in New York. You hear jazz on one block and rock on the next, then someone comes round the corner with hip-hop blaring out of their car. That's why those hip-hop drums burst in for a few bars. The record company tried to talk me out of that; but I said, "No; that's what it's about." I think Quentin rather likes the song. He calls me Mr Sting.
    sillybunnyon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat song, especially the jazz part!
    loon July 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThat drum machine part is important! It's juxtaposition, it adds meaning to the song, the smoothness of the saxophone representing civilized behavior and the drum machine symbolizing the "ignorance" which it faces. It's a cool break.
    Alex an der seiteon April 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell... listening to the lyrichs, you might say it's a gay song ("See me walking down Fifth Avenue/A walking cane here at my side/I take it everywhere I walk/I'm an Englishman in New York." - Hmm; "It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile/Be yourself no matter what they say" - again, Hmm...), but such an interpretation is as wacky as MY interpretation of "Mad about you" (*stupid stupid stupid*).
    It MAY be about that, but in a larger field. It's a song about being an "alien", just as Sting himself put it. About belonging, but not quite.
    If you watch the video closly, you'll see a sort of body language Sting is posting: crossed legs standing up, making a crooked cross if you will. That sign means "amongst stragers", if you study that part of psichology that deals with subliminal messages through the position of the body.
    So it's about being amongst strangers, not knowing anybody, not having friends around, etc.

    Sorry for the long coment.
    AprilMoon1991on July 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice :)
    nagareboshion June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an excellent rock song. Unfortunately, the great jazz sax solo is followed up by a few bars of an atrocious synthetic drum beat. This was not part of the original song or recording, and was added during production.

    If you have the mp3, then convert it to wav, or rip from CD to wav, and use your favorite audio editor to remove those drums. You'll notice that the crash cymbal right before the drum solo lines up exactly with the one right afterward, which is the smoking gun. Now encode back as mp3 or burn back to CD.

    Now you can listen to it without your ears bleeding. Enjoy!
    tps12on August 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great song...amazing
    HeatHBabyon September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song... what else is there to say.
    Last_niteon September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, I was thinking to do what tps12 for a while I think I'll do it today heh.
    Pukaon April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI get a lot of inspiration from this song as it is saying be yourself no matter what anyone thinks about you, and no matter how different you are to everyone around you, you should be proud to be your own person.
    00:jpstln:00on April 17, 2004   Link

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