New York…New York…

New York…New York…
i’m a fool…
should never have kissed you…
never held you into the night as you cried…
should’ve left you long ago…

listened to your rants at 2 in the morning…
on subway cars going Uptown…past Jackson Heights….into the Bronx….
and you wailed and you wailed and you wailed…muttering ’bout….
no-one ever said life was fair…

watched men in dark alleys taking a beating for you…paying their penance while you laughed and called them clowns…
saw your cruelty in midnight diners where beggars gather for a cup of joe…pennies scraped…

took my love…the cost of a broken heart…left me to die at Mainchance…Olivieri…the castle in Brooklyn…Bellevue on 1st Avenue…
wallet stolen…pocket change spent on $ slices …broken ribs…bruised ego…i stuck-up for you…

New York…New York…
i’m a fool…
should never have kissed you…
never held you into the night as you cried…
should’ve left you long ago…

your pixies dance in Washington Square…
junkies doing jigs at Union…
pimps hustling at the Port Authority…
the taste of porn is still in my mouth…put there by you as the sun peaked through and the sidewalks were washed from the sins of the night before…and the children cry out in Gotham for one more fix…just one…

never should have kissed you…
never held you into the night as you cried…
but…i did…i did…
crawling back again and again and again…
New York…New York…
my love was always true…
and you knew that…you knew that…

the lovers you have had…
fools…

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