Monday, October 13, 2008

Sing It, Ray

New York's My Home

Listen all you New Yorkers
There's a rumor going 'round
That some of you good people
Want to leave this town

Well, you better consult with me before you go
Cause I been to all those places and I know

Well, Chicago's all right, it's got Marshall Field and Soldier's Field
and it's on a nice lake

But it hasn't got The Handsomes in the park
It hasn't got a skyline after dark

That's why New York's my home
Let me never leave it
New York's my home, sweet home

San Francisco is a lovely place, it's got lots of hills
And lots of thrills, and it's near an ocean of some size

But it hasn't got The Bowery or The Bronx
It hasn't got the Harlem honky-tonks

That's why New York's my home
Yeah, it's my favorite city
New York's my home, sweet home

Lots of people like St.Louis
It's got lots of shoes And the St. Louis blues and one of our larger rivers runs by

But let's face it
It hasn't got the opera in The Met
It hasn't got a famous string quartet

That's why New York's my home
No, not a place to visit
New York's my home, sweet home

Hollywood's got movie stars and movie czars and cocktail bars and
Shiny cars and a wonderful climate they say

But it hasn't got the handy subway trains
You seldom find a taxi When it's pouring down rain

That's why New York's my home
Yeah, take your California
New York's my home, sweet home

So, save your time and trouble, save your railroad fare
I said save your time and trouble, save your railroad fare

Cause when you leave New York
Man, you don't go anywhere

It's a city where a man can fulfill his dreams
The only town that's left that's got three baseball teams

That's why New York's my home
Let me never leave it
New York's my home, sweet home

1 comment:

Jeff said...

These are the words to a segment of a musical suite called "Manhattan Tower", written by Gordon Jenkins in 1946.