"An Open Letter To NYC" as written by Michael Louis Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Adam Nathaniel Yauch, Cheetah Chrome and David Lynn Thomas....
Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten
From the Battery to the top of Manhattan
Asian, Middle-Eastern and Latin
Black, White, New York you make it happen

Brownstones, water towers, trees, skyscrapers
Writers, prize fighters and Wall Street traders
We come together on the subway cars
Diversity unified, whoever you are
We're doing fine on the One and Nine line
On the L we're doin' swell
On the number Ten bus we fight and fuss
You know we're thorough in the boroughs 'cause that's a must
I remember when the Duece was all porno flicks
Running home after school to play PIX
At lunch I'd go to Blimpies down on Montague Street
And hit the Fulton Street Mall for the sneakers on my feet
Dear New York I hope you're doing well
I know a lot's happened and you've been through hell
So, we give thanks for providing a home
Through your gates at Ellis Island we passed in droves

Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten
From the Battery to the top of Manhattan
Asian, Middle-Eastern and Latin
Black, White, New York you make it happen

The L.I.E. the B.Q.E
Hippies at the band shell with the L.S.D.
Get my BVDs from VIM
You know I'm reppin' Manhattan the best I can
Stopped off at Bleeker Bob's, got thrown out
Sneakin' in at four am after going out
You didn't rob me in the park at Dianna Ross
But everybody started looting when the light went off
From the South South Bronx on out to Queens Bridge
From Hollis Queens right down to Bay Ridge
From Castle Hill to the Lower East Side
From ten-ten WINS to Live At Five
Dear New York, this is a love letter
To you and how you brought us together
We can't say enough about all you do
'Cause in the city we're ourselves and electric too

Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten
From the Battery to the top of Manhattan
Asian, Middle-Eastern and Latin
Black, White, New York you make it happen

Shout out the South Bronx where my mom hails from
Right next to High Bridge across from Harlem
To the Grand Concourse where my mom and dad met
Before they moved on down to the Upper West
I see you're still strong after all that's gone on
Lifelong, we dedicate this song
Just a little something to show some respect
To the city that blends and mends and tests
Since 9-11 we're still livin'
And lovin' life we've been given
Ain't nothing gonna take that away from us
We lookin' pretty and gritty 'cause in the city we trust
Dear New York I know a lot has changed
Two towers down but you're still in the game
Home to the many, rejecting no-one
Accepting peoples of all places, wherever they're from

Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten
From the Battery to the top of Manhattan
Asian, Middle-Eastern and Latin
Black, White, New York you make it happen

Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten
From the Battery to the top of Manhattan
Asian, Middle-Eastern and Latin
Black, White, New York, we make it happen


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"An Open Letter to NYC" as written by David Lynn Thomas Eugene O'conner

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  • +2
    General CommentSweet sample of the Dead Boys Song "Sonic Reducer"
    Ghost C2Con March 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcan you even classify this as a '9/11' song? sure, they make several clear referances to that but it's also a general love letter to NYC. great song, I'm proud of NYC being my hometown.
    Eversioon June 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThough the song isn't strictly about it, I think it was 9/11 which inspired them to write it. Being New Yorkers, the Boys wanted to show their love and appreciation for the city. Since the tragedy, NYC has underwent some changes both mentally and physically, but it is still a place that millions of people are proud to call their home (myself included). Its the perfect anthem for how great the city is and how much it means to the people who live there. An amazing song and I can fully say this is one of my favorite BB songs ever. Even if you don't like the guys, you can't deny the power and emotion behind this song.
    Alucardon June 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI saw them perform this song at the Gold Coast Big Day Out here in Australia and they definitely had an emotion about them when they sang this song - which even overshadowed their pride singing No Sleep til Brooklyn, which apparantly hasn't been performed many times in their career. They are one of the very few performers/entertainers who make you want to go to New York. Great song.
    RomanChristopheron June 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow not anti-semitic. I guess saying Jews are going to lead to the downfall of this country isn't anti-semitic. I'm sure your not an anti-semite with a name like JewStain. Yeah you're just stating facts right. Yes you're right your small orginization must be smarter than the rest of the United States. I just want to thank you for opening my eyes. Now I think I'll go burn down a cinagogue, don't worry it's not anti-semetic it's just helping the American public. I guess it's a good idea to stop teaching our kids that whol holocaust thing those Jews really just had it comin ya know with their putting white men out of work. You are a genious man.
    bigchew14on September 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm not from new york, but this song definitely shows me how much pride new yorkers have for their state
    anonymous__on June 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSaw them sing it on the European MTV Music awards.. Great song!
    Mattyon December 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, and that was awesome how Adrock and Mike D came on riding on bikes and MCA with the skateboard.
    green_monkeyon December 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLook, people. It doesn't matter what race the Beasties are or what they look like. I'm just so shocked by the above comment (you know the one), I think it should be removed. It certainly has nothing to do with the meaning of An Open Letter To NYC & doesn't apply to anything the Beasties have ever done.
    kanoe13on June 27, 2012   Link
  • -4
    General CommentDon't just blindly accept as fact the news stroies and propaganda that the Jewish media and ADL plant in our heads, but rather, think for yourself and think about what's going on in the world and the reasons why it is all happening. Would the United States be in this mess today without the influence of Jewism? Are you aware that the highest priority of Jews is to gain control of everyone and everything? This is not an anti-semitic statement, but rather an attempt to get the American public to wake up and save ourselves from an almost certain catastrophic future.
    JewStainon August 07, 2006   Link

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