Standing on the corner
Just me and Yoko Ono
We was waiting for Jerry to land
Up come a man with a guitar in his hand
Singing, "Have a marijuana if you can"
His name was David Peel
And we found that he was real
He sang, "The Pope smokes dope every day"
Up come a policeman shoved us up the street
Singing, "Power to the people today!"

New York City, back in New York City, New York City
Que pasa, New York?
Que pasa, New York?

Well down to Max's Kansas City
Got down the nitty gritty
With the Elephants Memory Band
Laid something down
As the news spread around
About the Plastic Ono Elephants Memory Band!
And we played some funky boogie
And laid some tutti frutti
Singing, "Long Tall Sally's a man."
Up come a preacher man trying to be a teacher
Singing, "God's a red herring in drag!"

New York City, back in New York City, New York City
Que pasa, New York?
Que pasa, New York?

New York City, back in New York City, New York City
Que pasa, New York?
Que pasa, New York?

Well we did the Staten Island Ferry
Making movies for the telly
Played the Fillmore and Apollo for freedom
Tried to shake our image
Just a cycling through the Village
But found that we had left it back in London
Well nobody came to bug us
Hustle us or shove us
So we decided to make it our home
If the Man wants to shove us out
We gonna jump and shout
The Statue of Liberty said, "Come!"

New York City, back in New York City, New York City
Que pasa, New York?
Que pasa, New York?

New York City, back in New York City, New York City
Que pasa, New York?
Que pasa, New York?


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New York City Lyrics as written by John Winston Lennon

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    General CommentThis is a fantastic rocker. A great riff that unfortunately is diminished by John's uneven lyrics. The last verse is the best and the rest sound a trifle forced. It's autobiographical which is probably its biggest downfall. No one else will ever do this song because the lyrics limit it to the individual. But it is a frothingly good rocker if you try not to get too into the lyrics.
    Tweezeon February 05, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentWHAT THE HELL!!!!
    i think this song is proof that John Lennon was infeact insane
    awsomo3000on June 21, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentNo, John Lennon was a genius. I just don't know what happened here. But why not? Not all songs have GREAT meanings!
    handsdown4dbeatleson June 13, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentGenuises can be crazy. In fact I beleive it makes you smarter. Ooh look a monkey...
    rooze1992on September 13, 2006   Link

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