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New York - 9/11 Version Lyrics

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"It's important to describe your demons in order to deal with them. I have a side of me that wants to run really fast away from everything you could call home and responsibilities. But I have another side, which is stronger, that draws me towards home and those very same responsibilities. When I'm at work I play out those things...but maybe if I hadn't found Ali and this community of people, then maybe I'm just lazy enough to have surrendered... It's just funnier, that line (about the mid-life crisis). From this character it's believable. It's not an autobiography." - Bono, Q 2001

In New York freedom
Feels like too many choices
In New York I found some friends
To drown out the other voices
Voices on a cell phone
Voices from home
Are you ok, baby
Don't stay in alone
New York
I love New York

In New York summers get hot
Well into the hundreds
You can't walk around the block
Without a change of clothing
Come September, a lot can change
Summer's love turns to winter's pain
New York
I just got a place in New York
New York
New York

In New York you can forget
Forget how to sit still
And in New York you can't forget
Just how strong that city's will

New York, New York, New York
New York, New York, New York

The Irish have been coming here for years
Acting like they own the place
They got the airport, city hall, concrete, asphalt
They even got the police
Irish, Italians, Jews and Hispanics
But religious nuts and political fanatics don't belong
New York's singing a different song
New York

New York, New York, New York
New York, New York, New York
New York

In New York I had a problem
Call it a mid-life crisis
It's not really a problem
Just too many choices
I hit an iceberg in my life
But you know I'm still afloat
I lost my balance but you lost your wife
In the queue for the lifeboat
You gotta put the women and children first
But you've got an unquenchable thirst for New York

New York, New York
New York, New York

In the stillness of the evening
When the sun has had its day
I heard your voice whispering
Come away now

New York
New, New York, New York

(Bono changed the lyrics in live performances of this song on the Elevation tour as a reaction to the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York)