New York City Blues Lyrics - Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka The Hungry Years cover art
publisher: ©EMI Music Publishing
writers: Neil Sedaka, Philip Cody
release date: 1975
genres: Rock Pop
styles: Pop Rock/Soft Rock
length: 4:22
Life and death in an alley way
Just a heartbeat away from a ma-a-an
Who's learned to turn his head away
From the pai-ain that drai-ains the la-and
Harlem's not too far from here
You can smell the garbage, feel the fear
I hear they're gonna build a skyscraper there-ere
As if we didn't need the extra air-air

New York City blue-ues
In order to wi-in, you've got to lo-o-ose
Old before your ti-ime
The dirt and the gri-ime get into everythi-ing
And the papers love to say-ay-ay
It's the meanest town in the USA
But I think it's okay
It's the town I've ma-ade my home

On another side of Park Avenue
Respectable folks don't know-ow-ow
Hungry eyes take in the view
Of the wor-orld that lay-ays them low-ow
Too many years on a welfare line
The old song and da-ance, ti-ime after time
You can only get so pushed arou-ound
Until you want to tear the damn thing dow-own
Tear it dow-own

[Chorus x 2]

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12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Crossroads
  • 2 Lonely Night (Angel Face)
  • 3 Stephen
  • 4 Bad Blood
  • 5 Your Favorite Entertainer
  • 6 Baby Blue
  • 7 Tit for Tat
  • 8 New York City Blues
  • 9 When You Were Lovin’ Me
  • 10 The Hungry Years
  • 11 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do