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"Waking up with a melody in your head that you've never heard before but you think you should have because it sounds so complete — there's nothing like that." — Bono

New York - Live From Los Angeles 2000 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

This is, this is...um...a new one

In New York freedom feels like
Too many choices
In New York I found a friend
To drown out the other voices
Voices on the cell phone
Voices from home
Voices through the hard sell
Voices down the stairwell
In New York, I just got a place in New York

In New York summers get hot
Well into the hundreds
You can't walk around the block
Without a change of clothing
Hot as a hairdryer in your face
Hot as a handbag and a can of mace
New York, just got a place in New York
In New York you can forget
Forget how to still
Tell yourself you will stay in
But it's down to Alphaville

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

The Irish have been coming there for years
Feels like they own the place
They got the airport, city hall, concrete, asphalt
They even got the police
Irish, Italians, Jews and Hispanics
Religious nuts, political fanatics
In the stew, living happily not like me and you
That's where I lost her, New York
New York, New York, New York
New York, New York
Said New York, said New York

In New York I lost it all
To you and your vices
Still I'm staying on to figure out
My midwife crisis
Hit an iceberg in my life
But yeah I'm still afloat
You lose your balance, lose your wife
In the queue for the lifeboat
Got to put the women and children first
But you've got an unquenchable thirst
For New York

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

In the stillness of the evening
When the crowd has had its day
I heard you whisper
Come away child

To New York, soul
Said New York, New York