"East Harlem" as written by and Zach Condon....
Another rose wilts in East Harlem
And uptown downtown a thousand miles between us
She's waiting for the night to fall
Let it fall, I'll never make it in time
Let it fall, I'll never make it in time
Let it fall, I'll never make it in time

Sound is the colour I know, oh,
Sound is what keeps me looking for your eyes,
And sound of your breath in the cold,
And oh, the sound will bring me home again.
And oh, the sound will bring me home again.

Lyrics submitted by afrolady213

"East Harlem" as written by Zach Condon

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    General Commentthis song is just lovely.
    thuglifeforevson June 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI couldn't love this song more if I tried.
    itscoolagainon June 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentLove this song! Seriously, Zach can write the best ever:)
    beirut14on June 07, 2011   Link
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    General Commentzach must have changed the lyrics. in the official recorded version and on here they're different than the audio i listen to.
    cmj45on June 20, 2011   Link
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    General Commentif there was ever a perfect swaying back and forth song...
    ireallylikebagelson November 15, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationGotta love this song.
    As a New Yorker, I think I partly understand what he's saying. Zach Condon lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. To a new yorker, going from Brooklyn all the way up to Harlem, uptown to downtown and vise-versa, almost feels like a thousand miles! I live in Brooklyn and whenever I go to the Bronx it feels like going to the other side of the world! At least in our little world of nyc.
    That's a more literal interpretation, but to be more figurative, I feel like he's saying how different a neighborhood it is from where Zach lives. The culture and people are a lot different.
    The girl he talks about lives "a thousand miles away" both literally (sort of) and figuratively. She "wilts" because Harlem is generally a poor neighborhood where crime is common.
    When he says "I'll never make it in time" it reminds me of taking the subway for an hour and switching between various trains to meet my friends on time who live in upper Manhattan and the Bronx (with subway delays and such on the side!) and always being late and rushing to get to the other side of the city!
    I think it also may have to do with the harlem renaissance as well, a time where the arts flourished in Harlem, especially in black culture. This is because because he talks about sounds and color in the song :)
    Just my interpretation! Its a beautiful song!
    madpiloton March 08, 2013   Link

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