"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 unfurl
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
You find somebody to love in this world
You better hang 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 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 take care of your own
One day they're here
Next day they're gone

I pulled my coat over 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
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 way
In a New York minute
Everything can change
In a New York minute

In a New York minute
Everything can change
In a New York minute
Things can get little strange
In a New York minute
Everything can change (in a New York minute)

In a New York minute
Everything can change
In a New York minute
You can get out of the way
In a New York minute


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

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    General CommentThis doesn't really have much relevance to 9/11. Henley was looking back at his own life at the time and seeing how his failure to commit to someone and a family in this harsh world had only brought him despair. Pretty good song for coming out of the '80s, and I'm glad Don eventually settled down.
    mwahahaaon July 22, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe lyrical "links" to 9/11 are coerced, at best. You have to isolate vague lines, removing all context, to make them fit this interpretation.

    One day they're here, next day they're gone?

    Cherry-picking lyrics (selecting those that fit your opinion and discarding the rest) is a disservice to the artist and his original meaning. Look at the broader context. The song is about the desperation that rises out of lost or unrequited love. That desperation can rapidly lead to dire consequences.
    dbn429on May 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGo f*%$ yourself. If you want to trick your brain into thinking this song has relevance to 9/11, no one will stop you but you will be WRONG. Its all self-absorbed Henley here and nothing else. Regardless, 9/11 is just a drop in the bucket compared to the damage we've wrought on foreign countries in the name of commerce and imperialism. Here's a tissue, you ethnocentric putz.
    mwahahaaon October 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat I find interesting is that Clear Channel didn't ban this song from the radio following 9/11.. considering they were going after any song that had new york in its lyrics or anything about crashing, burning, bombs, planes, skyscrapers, anything to do with the sky, heaven, hell, the apocalypse, war, and even bridges?? wtf does 'under the bridge' have to do with 9/11?? it's about drugs for christ's sake...

    anyway dbn429 knows what theyre talking about.. yeah you cant just take a generic line like 'one day theyre here, next day...' and say oh! look at that! thats so fitting... even though yes, certain events can give a song a new way of interpreting it, you have to look at the original meaning, bub.
    thirsty_thursdayon October 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it is about a Wall Street prick realizing, finally, that his trophy wife doesn't care about anything not fiscal. His kids 1. Probably aren't his own. 2. Don't know, or care, about him. and 3. Would be better off without him. He got tired of living off the fat, and he decided to take the leap.
    Jordo013on February 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI have always believed that this song is at least in part inspired by the stock market crash of October 1987 and the ensuing recession.

    Actually there are a lot of possible clues pointing to that time period, especially the tale of Harry in the first verse (a failed businessman or broker) and the later lines like "And in these days/When darkness falls early" as it does in late October, and "I pulled my coat over my shoulders/And took a walk down through the park/ The leaves were falling around me/ The groaning city in the gathering dark" using darkness as both a setting and a metaphor.

    I understand how this song was used to commemorate 9/11 but enough of the BS that some people claim are "conspiracy" clues in it.
    Gatecrashron July 18, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so perfect for the events that happened on September 11th. Everyone was reminded of how things can change in the blink of an eye. I still cry for those who lost their lives that day when I hear this song.
    KatieClark20on September 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIts really weird how this song does coincide with 9/11.There are just so many ideas Henley picks up on that mirror the events e.g.'one day they're here next day they're gone'.

    Continue to believe that he should re-release this in tribute...still waiting...
    Katherine7486on April 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I saw Henley play this live in Jersey this past year there wasn't a dry eye in the place, so many emotions form this song.
    kfe2on February 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmaybe i am simple, but i think it's about cherishing what you have cos it can be gone in a "New York minute". nothing more, nothing less--love the line "what the head makes cloudy, the heart makes very clear".
    lfhoweon December 10, 2013   Link

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