In Brooklyn

Album: Love Chronicles (1969)
  • Oh I come from Pittsburgh to study astrology
    She said as she stepped on my instep
    I could show you New York with a walk between Fourth Street and Nine
    Then out of her coat taking seven harmonicas
    She sat down to play on a doorstep
    Saying, Come back to my place I will show you the stars and the signs
    So I followed her into the black lands
    Where the window frames peel and flake
    And the old Jewish face behind the lace
    Even now trying to get to see what's cooking
    Just John the Baptist in the park getting laid thinking there's no-one looking
    And its eighty degrees and I'm down on my knees in Brooklyn

    Her house was a dusty collection of rusty
    Confusion with landings and tunnels
    And leaning bookcases and spaces and faces and things
    Where twenty-five Puerto Ricans, Manhattan Mohicans
    And Jewish-Italian Pawnbrokers
    Lead their theatrical lives in their rooms in the wings
    While outside in the black lands
    The violent day runs wild
    And the black and white minstrels run through the crazy
    Alleys while the cops go booking
    And ruthless toothless agents sneak around and there's no-one looking
    And it's eighty degrees and I'm down on my knees in Brooklyn

    And oh, I'm back in the city again
    You can tell by the smell of the hamburger stand in the rain

    She spoke of astrology while muttering apologies
    For coffee that tasted of hot dogs
    I said, That's OK, mine was cold anyway, and just grand
    Then she lay on the bed while the radio fed
    Us with records and adverts for cat food
    And I looked at her, holding my thoughts in the palm of my hand
    And outside in the black lands
    The evening came and went
    And the bums in the street begging money for one last drink
    Are hanging round the liquor stores trying to get a foot in
    And the girl from Pittsburgh and I made love on a mattress with the new moon looking
    And in the cool evening breeze I was down on my knees in Brooklyn Writer/s: ALISTAIR IAN STEWART
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind


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