"New York, New York" as written by and John/ebb Kander....
Well, I shuffled through the city on the 4th of July
I had a firecracker waiting to blow
Breakin' like a rocket who was makin' its way
To the cities of Mexico
Lived in an apartment out on Avenue A
I had a tar-hut on the corner of 10th
Had myself a lover who was finer than gold
But I've been broken up and busted up since

And love don't play any games with me, anymore
Like she did before
The world won't wait, so I better shake
That thing right out there through the door
Hell, I still love you, New York

Found myself a picture that would fit in the folds
Of my wallet and it stayed pretty good
Still amazed I didn't lose it on the roof of the place
When I was drunk and I was thinking of you
Every day the children they were singing their tunes
Out on the streets and you could hear from inside
Used to take the subway up to Houston and 3rd
I would wait for you and I'd try to hide

And love won't play any games with ypu, anymore
If you don't wanna 'em to
The world won't wait and I watched you shake
But honey, I don't blame you
Hell, I still love you, New York
Hell, I still love you, New York, New York

I remember Christmas in the blistering cold
In a church on the Upper West Side
Babe, I stood there singing, I was holding your arm
You were holding my trust like a child
Found a lot of trouble out on Avenue B
But I tried to keep the overhead low
Farewell to the city and the love of my life
At least we left before we had to go

And love won't play any games with you, anymore
If you don't want 'em to
So we better shake this old thing out the door
I'll always be thinkin' of you
I always love you, love New York
I always love you, love New York
I always love you, love New York
I always love you, love New York
New York, New York

Lyrics submitted by ang, edited by BerkeleyBernie

"New York, New York" as written by William Adams Hans Florian Zimmer

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentGreat song, very cheery.

    I think "rocket" in the third line is supposed to be "robber" though. It just makes more sense that a robber would run to Mexico, than a rocket would do the same, right?
    Meyanon November 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentRyan Adams, from an interview with Pitchforkmedia:

    ...when I wrote the record Gold, I was trying to close a chapter in my life, on who I was, a relationship that I'd been very possessed by and obsessed with. I was trying to find a musical way of closing doors, so that new ones could open. But after that record, 9/11 happened. And then everybody looks back at that song-- where I'm trying to say to this girl, whatever...

    Pitchfork: "New York, New York"?

    Adams: Yeah. Where we had a run, but OK, it didn't work. And in some weird way that song was almost like that Bon Jovi song, you know (sings), "Better to have loved and lost..." Basically saying that same thing, but people attached this meaning to it. Recently somebody sent me a funny e-mail they'd gotten where this guy wrote, "It's bad enough that this guy, like, totally calls himself Ryan Adams, so that he can get Bryan Adams' fans, but like, he's still playing that 9/11 anthem?" And I was like, that's the best e-mail I've ever seen! But you know what I mean? That song, for some people, changed. It didn't change for me.

    BillyLiaron August 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is a fantastic rock n' roll song - I first heard it a week after Sept. 11th, when the video was played in tribute. It was filmed 4 days before the attacks, and the WTC is in the background. But as for the lyrics, I think they're great - I love the line about "a picture that would fit in the folds of my wallet", but I couldn't say why..
    Lilac Wineon May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is an excellent song.....sometimes people forget to return your love, but the city you grew up in never will

    New York, for its citizens, is a mother.....and this song reflects that.
    sakeboxon June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt works on so many levels.

    Perfect song about living in the city. It might chew you up a bit, but it'll never spit you out. And in between, there are some real moments to experience that are so worth it.

    Perfect song to commemorate September 11th. Even with all glitz and greed of New York City, the good people still out number the bad. This song recognizes New York for what it is, and decides it's still pretty cool. It doesn't have to be solemn to be emotional.

    And on a personal note, the perfect song to remember a new york city girl by. This girl was a complete bitch to me, but I waited on her, hand and foot. Eventually it ended (on the 4th of july, coincidently) and I still don't feel too angry towards her. I can appreciate the real moments we had together.

    Simply beautiful.
    davidecoyoteon August 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah ryan adams names all of his ex girlfriends from where they came from... the new cd is amazing
    and be sure to check out his "unplugged" mtv special that just came on not to recent ago.. simply beautiful.
    dearchicagoon August 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is awesome. Fantastic opening track to a fantastic album.

    'I remember christmas in the blistering cold, in a church on the upper west side,
    Babe i stood there singing, i was holding your arm you were holding my trust like a child'

    musicloveronlineon April 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, you'd think that... he seems to sing about rockets a lot though.
    i love this song, but I must say that every time i listen to it, the verses make me think of "walk this way" by Aerosmith (yeah, i know, that's weird and terrible. but stop. think about it....
    Georgeon May 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOk this song really has no direct meaning to New York City itself, it is more along the lines of a girl Ryan loved and how he is just remebering and looking back on the times he spent with her and how beautiful she was.
    flip the tapexXon December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReminds me of my current beau. Im in new york, him in new orleans.

    Sometimes he'll call me new york, and i always smile.
    CautionarySongon July 07, 2006   Link

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