"Back in N.Y.C." as written by Anthony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Michael Rutherford and Steve Hackett....
I see faces and traces of home
Back in New York City
So you think I'm a tough kid
Is that what you heard?
Well, I like to see some action,
And it gets into my blood.
Well, they let me out of Pontiac
When I was just seventeen
I had to get it out of me
If you know what I mean, what I mean.
They say I must be crazy
Cause I don't care who I hit, who I hit.
Cause I know it's me that's hitting out
And I know I'm not full of shit.
Down by my bottle, filled up high with gasoline
You can tell by the night fires
Where a rail has been, has been.
As I cuddled the porcupine
He said I had none to blame but me.
Gave my heart, deep in hell,
Time to shave, shave it off, it off
No time for romantic escape and your
Fluffy heart is ready for rape
Off we go. Off we go. Off we go
You're sitting in your comfort
Who don't believe I'm real
You cannot buy protection
For the way that I feel.
Your progressive hypocrites
Handing out their trash
It was mine in the first place
So I'll burn to ash.
When I've taken all the strongest meats
And laid them down in colored sheets
Well, who needs illusions,
Of love and affection when you're out
Walking in the streets, your mainline connection.
As I cuddled the porcupine
He said I had none to blame but me.
Held my heart, deep in hell,
Time to shave, shave it off, it off
No. No time for romantic escape
And your fluffy heart is ready for rape
No. No time for romantic escape
And your fluffy heart is ready for rape
No time.
Back in New York City.

Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery

"Back In NYC" as written by Michael Rutherford Anthony Banks

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, IMAGEM MUSIC INC

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    General Commentdoes anyone know the tabs / where to get the tabs to this song?
    decayingflowerson August 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis was a very strange choice for a cover version, being from the 1974 Genesis album "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway".
    The four-track demo that Jeff did, is suitably surreal with a relentless quality.
    I really love this song, and I think there aren't many artists that could pull off a worthwhile version as Jeff's.
    As for the tabs, I did a quick search but have yet to come across this track. I'll let you know if i have some joy.
    wibble72on August 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI like this very much. Its Different but I like it.
    productofthe80son October 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this is one hell of a cover, simply amazing.
    There isn't much I can think of it, other than assuming he felt like covering it, because he just moved away from New York which was stressing him out and causing some creative conflict, at the same time, I'm sure he missed the city deeply. Sad that he was never able to go back.
    Jonsion December 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentVery cool song, I didn't know much about him missing New York, but yeah, great song, and very well done by Buckley.

    The thumping bass that comes and then goes throughout like a siren is great. just great.
    StandAbsolvedon March 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIncredible. I haven't heard the original, so I've nothing to compare it to, but it kicks ass.
    rembuckon July 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's even better when you realize he did this whole song in a house by himself with nothing fancy. This is better than the original
    Jonsion January 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe original is a very good song and this is a good cover. But i like Peter Gabriels voice better and i think on Lamb Lies Down on Broadway it fits much better so I like the orginal better.
    joliason November 29, 2007   Link

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