"New York Minute" as written by and Don/kortchmar Henley....
Harry got up
Dressed all in black
Went down to the station
And he never came back
They found his clothing
Scattered somewhere down the track
And he won't be down on Wall Street
in the morning

He had a home
The love of a girl
But men get lost sometimes
As years unfold
One day he crossed some line
And he was too much in this world
But I guess it doesn't matter anymore

In a New York Minute
Everything can change
In a New York Minute
Things can get pretty strange
In a New York Minute
Everything can change
In a New York Minute

Lying here in the darkness
I hear the sirens wail
Somebody going to emergency
Somebody's going to jail
If you find somebody to love in this world
You better hand on tooth and nail
The wolf is always at the door

In a New York Minute
Everything can change
In a New York Minute
Things can get a little strange
In a New York Minute
Everything can change
In a New York Minute

And in these days
When darkness falls early
And people rush home
To the ones they love
You better take a fool's advice
And tak care of your own
One day they're here;
Next day they're gone

I pulled my coat around my shoulders
And took a walk down through the park
The leaves were falling around me
The groaning city in the gathering dark
On some solitary rock
A desperate lover left his mark,
"Baby, I've changed. Please come back."

What the head makes cloudy
The heart makes very clear
The days were so much brighter
In the time when she was here
But I know there's somebody somewhere
Make these dark clouds disappear
Until that day, I have to believe
I believe, I believe

In a New York Minute
Everything can change
In a New York Minute
You can get out of the rain
In a New York Minute
Everything can change
In a New York Minute

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"New York Minute" as written by Danny Kortchmar Don Henley

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Cass County Music / Wisteria Music / Privet Music

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    General CommentOn the Hell Freezes Over DVD, Don Henley introduces this track by saying "this is about appreciating what you've got". I think the saddest and most poignant line is "baby I've changed, please come back". You can really feel the loneliness in this haunting song.
    laserlady7on November 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about how in the insane new york life the dangers are everywhere and at the start of the song one of the dangers caused some guy to kill himself
    bscottoncrackon June 24, 2003   Link
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    General Commentnew york minute dosnt nessarly refer to the actual city...its a phrase...
    it just goes to show anything can happen in these crazy times we live in....

    as well..i think hes singing about someone he loved, who was sencelessly killed...
    xArcanumon June 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGood tune. Very good.
    zacsteron October 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, "New York minute" refers to the fact that supposively, everything moves faster in New York. But I don't know about that, if you've ever spent an actual minute or two stuck in traffic in a really smelly cab.
    Awesome song, awesome band... the song is obviously about how quickly your whole life can change, and how easy it is to lose those you love. It speaks particularly about suicide.
    SOMEONE150on October 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentlive everyday like its your last is what i think he is saying. but w/e he is saying, i dig on this song
    correnteon January 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't know what this song meant in the 70's, when it was written, but ever since 9/11, the lyrics really hit home!
    "In a New York minute, everything can change"
    "In these days, when darkness falls early, people rush home, to the ones they love"
    "One day they're here, next day, they're gone"
    "I know there's somebody somewhere can make these dark clouds disappear, but until that day, I have to believe, I believe"
    -I never really thought about until one day, my local rock station was playing this song with quotes from the president (saying stuff like, "We will prevail" and that kind of thing) and Rudy Giuliani. It was pretty wild, and I hadn't thought about the lyrics in that sense. Now, everytime I hear it, 9/11 is all I can think about.
    Miss Darkkon January 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually I do think this song is about New York - "He won't be down on Wall Street in the morning" in the first verse. The song talks about "the station" and wearing a coat in the winter on days when it gets dark early and walking through the park - those could be about any city but those things are very New York too, along with the jazzy saxophone touches of this song. But yes, I think the song is about appreciating what you got, because anything could change for better or worse. The guy who killed himself in the first did not appreciate what he had and killed himself. In the last verse, the narrator/writer says that he may be down and things are the best, but he does believe in life.

    "You better take a fool's advice
    And take care of your own
    One day they're here;
    Next day they're gone"

    This seems to sum up this song. Though I think the chorus is repeated a bit too much.
    stoolhardyon February 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know this song is on Hell Freezes Over, but I don't have this song on any other album, what album did it came out?
    MookieBomberon March 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMookie: It was written for this album, thats why it's only on Hell freezes over.
    JMarmaraon December 10, 2006   Link

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