You called me last night, on the telephone,
and I was glad to hear from you 'cause I was all alone.
You said, "It's snowing, it's snowing! God I hate this weather!"
Now I walk through blizzards just to get us back together.

We met in the springtime at a rock-n-roll show.
It was on the Bowery when it was time to go.
We kissed on the subway in the middle of the night.
I held your hand, you held mine, it was the best night of my life.

'Cause everyone's your friend, in New York City.
And everything looks beautiful when you're young and pretty.
The streets are paved with diamonds and there's just so much to see.
But the best thing about New York City is ... you and me.

Statue of Liberty, Staten Island Ferry, Co-op City, Katz's and Tiffany's, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, The Empire State where Dylan lived, Coney Island and Times Square, Rockefeller Center ... wish I was there.

You wrote me a letter, just the other day.
Said, "Springtime is coming soon so why don't you come to stay?"
Packed my stuff, was on the bus, I can't believe it's true.
I'm three days from New York City and I'm three days from you.

[Repeat 2x]
'Cause everyone's my friend, in New York City.
And everything looks beautiful when you're young and pretty.
The streets are paved with diamonds and there's just so much to see.
But the best thing about New York City is ... you and me.

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New York City song meanings
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    General CommentFirst of all, I gotta point out that Cub is not from NYC. Lisa & Co. are from Vancouver, B.C.

    Second, from an old fogey who met Lisa, Robyn, and Lisa several times back in the day, I gotta express how sad it makes me that anyone could like the cover better than the original. Sure, it's great, it's TMBG, so you know it's great; but 'tain't the original ;) No one sings this song like Lisa Marr, period.

    I also can't believe there's only 1 comment on Cub's page and 11 here! :(

    Ah, memory lane...can't believe I signed up for an account just to make this comment... HA! 8D
    Bat-Dudeon August 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit should be noted that this is a cover song...but it's one damn good cover. this song has such a soaring energy, it's impossible not to rock out to this one and feel smiley.
    snozzberryon August 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song. Makes me want to go to New York City. They should use it in a tourism campaign, hahaha.
    Arianrhodon September 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know who did this song orrigionally and if there's any way to get a copy of the orrigonal?
    doortodooron October 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA girl group from NYC named Cub originally did this song. They were pleased rather than pissed when they heard it on the radio. Some of their songs are available for download on KaZaA and the like, if you are into stealing small time bands music.

    gakinmiffon April 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThere are two differences between the original lyrics by Cub and the version that They Might Be Giants sing on Factory Showroom.

    Firstly, instead of singing "Katz's and Tiffany's", Cub sings "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Secondly, instead of singing "The Empire State Where Dylan Lived", Cub sings "The Empire State Where King Kong Lived". Flansburgh apparently misheard the lyrics, at least for the Dylan/King Kong one. I think the change to Katz's may have been intentional, because the Johns are on the record as saying that they felt this song, though it was a cover, reflected their own New York experiences very well. Maybe they changed it to Katz's, a Lower East Side fixture, to better reflect that.

    It should be noted that in live performances nowadays, They Might Be Giants sing "King Kong" and not "Dylan", but "Katz's and Tiffany's" remains.

    This song is just amazing. When I got into college in New York City, I played this song over and over again for about a week, while bouncing off walls in exuberance. So I know it pretty well now. And I have to say that the accordion adds something that the original song by Cub lacks.
    Dimaggio23on April 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really sweet. It's exactly what it should feel like when you're in love.
    LittleBriddieon September 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, I agree, I agree. This isn't one of those really deep songs for interpretation, it's just pure bliss. This is one of the ultimate pick-me-up methods available for everybody's use.
    longbowon August 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song. Not much more for me to say...
    TheyMightBeGiantson January 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of their sweetest songs.
    Ailujon May 15, 2006   Link

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