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April 21, 2011



Lennon's "New York" from Sometime in New York City, 1972.
Lyrics mention Max's Kansas City, Staten Island Ferry (I know not in the city), Fillmore and Apollo,
cycling through the Village,
Statue of Liberty (I know again, but significant)
This is a good overall New York song.

James Taylor

Oh, man... This is a project that requires a whole book. It's not quite rock 'n' roll but few songs contain as many New York City references as Rodgers & Hart's "Manhattan".
Mott Street (tell me what street), Delancey (it's very fancy), and so on...


Soul Coughing's "True Dreams of Wichita" (standing on the edge of the Williamsburg Bridge...) pops to mind.

Rick Schindler

Well, speaking of S&G, what about The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)? Also Life During Wartime by Talking Heads (this ain't no Mudd Club or CBGB's).

Alex in NYC

Awesome, keep'em comin'


"Avenue B" by Major Thinkers

Charlie in CA

Syd Straw - "CBGB"

Blondie - "In the Flesh" (Went walking one day on the Lower East Side)

Casey@Good. Food. Stories.

Sunken-Eyed Girl by Mike Doughty (Delancey and Ludlow Streets), Positively 4th St by Bob Dylan, Red Dragon Tattoo by Fountains of Wayne... I have an epic playlist devoted to NYC songs.


The Magnetic Fields - Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side

Beastie Boys - An Open Letter to NYC

In addition to Waiting for the Man, I think a big part of the Velvet Underground/Lou Reed catalog could be included on this list.

Also, while I don't know if it's specifically about NYC, Hendrix's "Crosstown Traffic" always plays in my head when I'm stuck in a bus of a cab creeping across town.

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