"Ludlow St." as written by and Julian Casablancas....
Everything seems to go wrong when I stop drinking.
Everything seemed to go my way last night.
Everything seems so wrong to me this morning.
I know things will be brighter later tonight.
On Ludlow St.
Chinatown's coming on Ludlow St.
Puerto Rican's are runnin' on Ludlow St.
Soon, musicians will haunt it on Ludlow St.
Where Indians once hunted.
And it's hard.
Just move along.

While I surrendered my ego you fed yours.
All my fantasies died when you said yours.
I have dangled my pride to forget yours,
Will my mind be at ease when you get yours?
We'll find out soon enough.

It started back in 1624.
The Lenape tribes would soon get forced from their home.
Soon we'll all get pushed out as soon as I get sober.
I remember why I drank it all away.
On Ludlow St.

Nauseous regrets are calling me on the phone
My shoes, they seem to be my only home.
The only thing to last will be my bones.
Oh, tonight you'll hear the animals next door to you moan.

On Ludlow St.
Faces are changing on Ludlow St.
Yuppies invading on Ludlow St.
Night life is raging on Ludlow St.
History's fading.
And it's hard to just move along.

While I surrendered my ego, you fed yours.
All my fantasies died when you said yours.
I have dangled my pride to forget yours.
Will my mind be at ease when you get yours?
We'll find out soon enough.

While they defended their ego, you fed yours.
All their fantasies died when you said yours.
They have dangled their pride to forget yours.
Will their souls be at ease when you get yours?
We'll find out soon enough.
I'll found out soon enough.


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"Ludlow St." as written by Julian Casablancas

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  • +1
    General CommentSuprised nobody else has commented yet, great song.


    my favourite bit is: While I surrendered my ego you fed yours...
    owenp277on October 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously a song about New York, and probably the "universal culture" that is culminating as cities become more and more generic with no distinguishable identity. Gentrification, white flight, urban sprawl, urban decay, yuppies, pushing out middle and lower class people who have lived there for generations (even addressing the original victims: the Indians), suburban development, decentralizing cities rendering them un-walkable, watering down the culture, erasing the past, tearing down historic buildings to built condos, etc etc etc etc.

    I'm from Philly, but I do understand the problems facing New York and so many other cities. My mother and all her family are native New Yorkers and tell me how it's completely changed. Quite sad. I know there are more layers here, but this is easy to start with. :)
    trashleyon November 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOFFICIAL LYRICS (juliancasablancas.com)

    Everything seems to go wrong when I stop drinking
    Everything seemed to go my way last night
    Everything seems so wrong to me this morning.
    I know things will be brighter later tonight...

    On Ludlow Street, Chinatown's coming
    On Ludlow Street, Puerto Ricans are running
    On Ludlow Street, soon musicians will haunt it
    On Ludlow Street, where Indians once hunted
    And it's hard to just move along

    While I surrendered my ego you fed yours
    All my fantasies died when you said yours
    I have dangled my pride to forget yours
    Will my mind be at ease when you get yours?
    We'll find out soon enough.

    It started back in 1624
    The Lenape tribes would soon get forced from their home
    Soon we'll all get pushed out -- now as soon as I get sober
    I remember why I drank it all away ...On Ludlow Street!

    Nauseous regrets are calling me on the phone
    My shoes they seem to be my only home
    The only thing to last will be my bones
    Oh, tonight you'll hear the animals next door to you moan

    On Ludlow Street, faces are changing
    On Ludlow Street,yuppies invading
    On Ludlow Street, nightlife is raging
    On Ludlow Street, history's fading
    And it's hard to just move along...

    While I surrendered my ego you fed yours
    All my fantasies died when you said yours
    I have dangled my pride to forget yours
    Will my mind be at ease when you get yours?
    We'll find out soon enough...

    While they defended their ego you fed yours
    All their fantasies died when you said yours
    They have dangled their pride to forget yours
    Will their souls be at ease when you get yours?
    We'll find out soon enough.
    I'll find out soon enough.
    *Gabby*on November 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreading every bodys thoughts on this reminds me very much of a movie called, "i like killing flies".
    ..
    random i know, but if you were to ever watch it you'd understand my point.
    nyukkaboomon December 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI see the gentrification reference. :b
    Overall good song. :)
    mmorales4on March 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGonna agree with HertogHJ, worst song on the album (unless you're counting the ....christmas... one)

    What's with that solo? Why?

    Otherwise, tolerable.
    blackmantison May 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey guys. I wrote a detailed analysis of this song on my site, more than I could easily summarize here:

    anobjectivelisten.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/2-ludlow-st-by-julian-casablancas/

    Let me know what you think!
    Myrmidonon May 20, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationWhile I surrendered my ego you fed yours
    All my fantasies died when you said yours
    I have dangled my pride to forget yours
    Will my mind be at ease when you get yours?
    We'll find out soon enough...

    Hanging out with narcissists. Either one of his parents probably was one.
    hou5ekeepingon May 23, 2012   Link
  • -2
    General CommentWorst song of the album for me. Good chorus though.
    HertogHJon November 04, 2009   Link

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