If you think you can, well come on man
I was a Green Beret in Vietnam
No more of your fairy stories
Cause I got my other worries

53rd and 3rd Standing on the street
53rd and 3rd I'm tryin' to turn a trick
53rd and 3rd You're the one they never pick
53rd and 3rd Don't it make you feel sick?

Then I took out my razor blade
Then I did what God forbade
Now the cops are after me
But I proved that I'm no sissy.



Lyrics submitted by rainbow_radness, edited by Tricky1979

"53rd & 3rd" as written by John (ramone)/colvin Cummings

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  • +2
    General Comment:it is about dee dee's prostitution. mickey confirms this, so does dee dee, but its up to you whether you'll believe it or not. during a recent trip to new york to research the ramones, i visited 53rd and 3rd, which is not too far from 5th avenue. it is now a street like any other, and no longer a spot for male prostitution.
    idontwanttodiebeforeivelivedon January 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Most of you are stupid
    53rd and 3rd is an interesection in NYC where lots of male prostitutes hung around trying to "turn a trick" (catch the eye of a john)

    In this case, the whore was a green beret In vietnam. He stands on the corner, but never gets picked. When he finally does, he took out his razor blade and did what God forbade (he killed the john) to prove that he isn't a sissy, and now the cops are after him
    pogue mahoneon February 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:my friends played this song for a talent show, it was great
    rufimaniacon July 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:my friends played this song for a talent show, it was great
    rufimaniacon July 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I love the ramones we need more bands like this.
    GCgirlVicious311on September 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I love the Ramones too, and more young people who like today's "punk" should listen to the Ramones and hear how it all started! by the way, this song is about Dee Dee's time spent as a young male hooker on the corner of 53rd & 3rd in Manhatten
    _kurtcobainismygod_on October 11, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:there is a cover on this Ramones TRibute cd. it is awsome it is covered by kiss i think and it is so cool because you get in to dee dee's mind. kinda a see what he sees .. and feel what he feels i think it is just deeper that the words it is the emotions that he feels

    i also think it is about proving to people that he isn't a wuss and just fucks someone wwho tried to fuck him over it you catch my drift
    twist3dkittenon March 16, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:long live the ramones. Best song of my life.
    It makes sooooo much more sense this way..i thought the first verse 2nd line was "I wore a green barette in vietnam"
    disco_blows_dogs_on March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I thought it was about Rambo until I noticed the stuff about turnin' tricks.
    alk3machineon April 25, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:I thought it was about Rambo until I noticed the stuff about turnin' tricks. He just wanted some food, man.
    alk3machineon April 25, 2003   Link

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