NYC - Gone, Gone

Album: Conor Oberst (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • Oberst told MTV News: "I think of it as a pseudo-spiritual song - stomping feet and clapping hands. I like that it's short too. I don't have many short songs, but I like that about it."
    The question was then asked if this reflected a rift with New York, to which Oberst replied: "No. Seems like there's a lot of songs about getting here, then once you're here, [there's a] 'Where do you go next?' kind of thing."
  • Conor Oberst expanded on his relationship with New York to The Sun newspaper August 1, 2008: "New York's a funny place. When you're there, you're kinda wrapped up in the city. It seems like nothing else exists. It has that feeling of being the center of the universe. For most people who relocate there from somewhere else, I think there's a period of a kind of intoxication with the city. Once that wears off, it maybe loses a little of its luster. You start thinking 'where do you go from here?' I went through a honeymoon period with the place. I never thought I'd live anywhere else. At some point I realized, 'Hey, this isn't for me.' I still live there, I still pay rent there, but I don't think I could grow old in New York City."

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