"New York's Not My Home" as written by Robert J. Ritchie and James J. Croce....
Well, things were spinning round me
And all my thoughts were cloudy
And I had begun to doubt all the things that were me

Been in so many places
You know I've run so many races
And looked into the empty faces of the people of the night
And something is just not right

'Cause I know that I gotta get out of here
I'm so alone
Don't you know that I gotta get out of here
'Cause, New York's not my home

Though all the streets are crowded
There's something strange about it
I lived there about a year and I never once felt at home

I thought I'd make the big time
I learned a lot of lessons awful quick
And now I'm telling you
That they were not the nice kind

And it's been so long since I have felt fine

That's the reason that I gotta get out of here
I'm so alone
Don't you know that I gotta get out of here
'Cause New York's not my home

That's the reason that I gotta get out of here
I'm so alone
Don't you know that I gotta get out of here
'Cause New York's not my home


Lyrics submitted by kevin

"New York's Not My Home" as written by James J. Croce Robert J. Ritchie

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentI don't think it's so much the big city as it is being out of your element. And, when you're in a place that just doesn't fit you, you do begin to doubt all the things which make you you. It's such a downer, but this song always makes me feel better if I'm down. Especially if I feel out of place in recent days, I can listen to this and relate to it. Especially since this song, more than anything (at least for me), seems to be about not being able to relate to your surroundings ("empty faces"). So, when I feel like I can't relate to those around me, this song is a real uplift, since I can still relate to Jim.
    twollamaloveon February 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGood song.
    I love the first few lines:

    "Well things were spinnin' round me
    And all my thoughts were cloudy
    And I had begun to doubt all the things that were me"
    ... I wonder how he could share these words so passionately; he sounds like he really meant them, but it's hard to talk about something that personal...

    Anyways just a great song.
    Havenon April 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch talent. I love the line.."I had begun to doubt all the things that were me."
    Tapies24on May 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so true. Everyone says they want to live in the big city, but no one seems to be happy there. Esp. NYC.
    Abq_physon May 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI used to listen to this song when i was working in a city and so far away from my hometown the lyrics just expresses how i feel back then it's really depressing...
    mcroy76on February 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI used to listen to this song while I was in the Army.I was stationed at FT. Eustis VA. in Newport News. 3000 miles from my home. So anyhow I would always sing it as Newports not my home. lol.
    dooglepopon August 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Jim going to New York and not feeling happy and wanting to go home
    He didn't leave much to work out with this one lol

    great song
    coolioblueon August 29, 2012   Link

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