you can't trust me.
trees in the city
don't appeal to me anymore.

the subway is always so slow
in the twilight hour.
i always walked myself
from your place home.

this is not my bed.

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New York, 1955 song meanings
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    General Commentthis song reminds me of a girl in a broken relationship who can't be trusted anymore, because everythings going wrong in her life, and everything she sees has a casted shadow on it.
    rocketqueenzon March 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me of a girl who feels like she cannot be trusted anymore because everything she sees has a casted shadow on it. it seems like shes stuck in a broken relationship where she is being used and life is stuck at a dead end.
    rocketqueenzon March 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentto me, this is about that point in the relationship where sometimes it just doesn't seem worth getting out of bed and hopping on the subway one more time just to see the other person. you know you've seen them so many times and that you will likely see them many more.

    it's a rather sweet little song, anyways.
    AnacinCrosson January 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFolks should seek out the 7" single version of this song, as the LP version sucks in comparison. The single version is more in line with the other tracks on the album (you know, a few gently picked notes, leading up to outbursts of distorted guitar and screaming).

    It's apparent that the song is about some sort of breakup. Why it is New York, 1955, I have no idea. I have looked for years, but never found any rationale. In any case, it's a very evocative song, filling your head with images not necessarily with what's said, but what isn't.
    leamancon May 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI also recommend recommend seeking out the 7" version of the song... it is probably my favorite rainer maria song... it has this long emotional ending that is so powerful... Like all of Rainer Maria's greatest songs, the way this song makes me feel and what its about is so direct and powerful and easy to feel, but hard or pointless to put into words maybe....

    I am curious about the title, myself. I know of two possibilities, both of which are probably incorrect.

    First, the 7" record sleeve has the dates "1955" and "1841" stamped on it. The years could be a reference to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, which was a newspaper that ran between those two years. It had some cool editors at times, like Walt Whitman, and with Rainer Maria's literary leanings, maybe they were into that?

    Second, the 7" insert has a photograph "Overhead Crosswalk with Clock, 1947" by André Kertész. Kertész was one of the great hungarian photographers who immigrated to paris (with brassai, man ray, capa, etc)... He moved to NYC in the late 30s... and it seemed like he had an awful time in NYC... his artwork went unrecognized, he spoke bad english, during wwII he wasn't allowed to photograph in public... Anyways, in 1955, his work was excluded from the MoMA exhibition "The Family of Man".. It was probably the most important and influential art exhibit of photojournalistic photographs in the history of the medium... so that sucked for him...

    I don't know the title is probably a reference to neither of those things...but check out Kertész anyways he's cool... here's the picture on the sleeve...…
    dateson May 02, 2012   Link

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