"New York" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
In New York freedom looks like
Too many choices
In New York I found a friend
To drown out the other voices

Voices on a cell phone
Voices from home
Voices of the hard sell
Voices down a stairwell
In New York
Just got a place in New York

In New York summers get hot
Well into the hundreds
You can't walk around the block
Without a change of clothing

Hot as a hair dryer in your face
Hot as a handbag and a can of mace
New York
I just got a place in New York

New York New York

In New York you can forget
Forget how to sit still
Tell yourself you will stay in
But it's down to Alphaville

New York
New York, New York

New York, New York
New York

The Irish been coming here for years
Feel like they own the place
They got the airport, city hall
Asphalt, asphalt
They even got the police

Irish, Italians, Jews and Hispanics
Religious nuts, political fanatics in the stew
Happily not like me and you
That's where I lost you

New York
New York, New York
New York
New York, New York

New York
New York

In New York I lost it all
To you and your vices
Still I'm staying on to figure out
Midlife crisis

I hit an iceberg in my life
You know I'm still afloat
You lose your balance, lose your wife
In the queue for the lifeboat

You got to put the women and children first
But you've got an unquenchable thirst for New York

New York
New York
New York, New York

In the stillness of the evening
When the sun has had its day
I heard your voice whispering
Come away now

New, New York
New
New York
Oh
New York


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"New York" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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  • +1
    General CommentI've heard this song thousands of times, yet it's still my favourite u2 song..
    the way they played it in boston shows how perfectly balanced this song is.
    because of the calm verses, the chorus seems even louder.. like silence before a storm..
    I also think this is a song you need to hear often, to find out what it's about..
    There is more text than just 'New York', and Especially this part I think is great..

    In New York, I lost it all to you and your vices
    Still I'm staying on to figure out my mid-life crisis
    I hit an iceberg in my life
    You know I'm still afloat
    You lose your balance, lose your wife
    In the queue for the lifeboat
    marcus aureliuson October 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think walk on was a lot more suitable to sing after sept 11th as it shows positivity. This song seems to show negative sides to everything. For instance even freedom seems like "too many choices". im unsure what the song is trying to say or if it is just simply his description of new york.
    alliwantisu2on October 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust wanted to point out the line "Tell yourself you will stay in, but it's down to Alphaville" probably refers to the Godard film ALPHAVILLE. Don't remember it that well, but it's one of those future dystopia stories. Definitely a classic.
    JackRubyon October 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great 'ode to New York' song and gives a kind of surreal idea of what the city would mean to any given Person. I don't know why it wasn't performed at the concert that was given after Sept. 11th!, it would have been perfect!
    regbon June 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment i like the line "hot as the hairdryer in your face"
    wild floweron July 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'll preface this by admitting that I have never lived in New York City. (I'll also point out that my screen name refers to the fact that I'm an American studying in Scotland rather than being a Yankees fan from Albany...Go Mariners!) Having said that, to me the song uses the idea of New York as a metaphor for the breakneck pace of modern life, which can threaten to distract us from the people we love ("Better put the women and children first/But you've got an unquenchable thirst/For New York). I often felt like this living in Seattle, but I'd imagine New York makes the point far more effectively.
    albanyankeeon January 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn an interview, Bono apparently said that it was the words (and experiences) of an old man living in New York.
    GotMeNowon January 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was listening to this song today, and for the first time I realized that this song was about more than just a description of New York. It is as albanyankee stated about being about life. The speel about the midlife crisis clues us in to that....otherwise, I doubt I ever would've dug deeper. Especially since this song so well defines what it's like in New York: the melting pot....
    Eyeconon March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a man who moved to New York with his wife (perhaps from a small town, or farm), and fell in love with it. New York is an incredible city, and there is so much going on and so much to do. Being from a small town myself, I was overwhelmed with how amazing NYC was. Anyway, the man loved NYC, but his wife hated it and wanted to move out and start a family in their old hometown. However, the man enjoyed NYC so much that he couldn't leave, so he lost her.

    "In New York, I lost it all to you and your vices
    Still I'm staying on to figure out my mid-life crisis
    I hit an iceberg in my life
    You know I'm still afloat
    You lose your balance, lose your wife
    In the queue for the lifeboat

    You better put the women and children first
    But you've got an unquenchable thirst for New York"


    Just my interpretation.
    BlackBoa84on April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThanks Boa for admitting it was just your interpretation...cause I don't see where you got that....but it's ACTUALLY about life...and not New York. He just used New York as a metaphor for how life is.
    Eyeconon April 23, 2006   Link

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