New York's Not My Home

Album: You Don't Mess Around With Jim (1972)
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  • Well, things were spinning round me
    And all my thoughts were cloudy
    And I had begun to doubt all the things that were me

    Been in so many places
    You know I've run so many races
    And looked into the empty faces of the people of the night
    And something is just not right

    'Cause I know that I gotta get out of here
    I'm so alone
    Don't you know that I gotta get out of here
    'Cause, New York's not my home

    Though all the streets are crowded
    There's something strange about it
    I lived there about a year and I never once felt at home

    I thought I'd make the big time
    I learned a lot of lessons awful quick
    And now I'm telling you
    That they were not the nice kind

    And it's been so long since I have felt fine

    That's the reason that I gotta get out of here
    I'm so alone
    Don't you know that I gotta get out of here
    'Cause New York's not my home

    That's the reason that I gotta get out of here
    I'm so alone
    Don't you know that I gotta get out of here
    'Cause New York's not my home Writer/s: JAMES J. CROCE, ROBERT J. RITCHIE
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 4

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaDarrell, I hear you but I have to stay where I am. I will always miss, MY HOME: and never go back there any more because when I leave I get so depressed. Take care.
  • Mike from Eugene, OrLikewise here. I been here since summer '94, hoping only to stay for a couple of years. But the direction this place has been headed lately I'm finally glad I'm gettin' out and heading back to my hometown in British Columbia. Good luck in Baker City, Darrell!
  • Logan from Troy, MtI sang this for my old Music teacher who had retired last year. She said out of all the students she had had all of those years, I was the one that she had stories about. She wanted me to sing any song of my choice, and I sang this song acapella for people from 1st grade to 6th grade.
  • Darrell from Eugene, United StatesNew York's not my home either, likewise with any other large city. I am planning on relocating to Baker City, Oregon within the next 5 years, and I will retain few, if any contacts with anyone who has ever lived west of the Cascades (nasty, filthy, rich city-slickers, they are)
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