53rd & 3rd

Album: Ramones (1976)
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  • If you think you can, well come on man
    I was a Green Beret in Vietnam
    No more of your fairy stories
    'Cause I got my other worries

    Fifty-third and third standing on the street
    Fifty-third and third I'm tryin' to turn a trick
    Fifty-third and third you're the one they never pick
    Fifty-third and third don't it make you feel sick?

    If you think you can, well come on man
    I was a Green Beret in Vietnam
    No more of your fairy stories
    'Cause I got my other worries

    Fifty-third and third standing on the street
    Fifty-third and third I'm tryin' to turn a trick
    Fifty-third and third you're the one they never pick
    Fifty-third and third don't it make you feel sick?

    Then I took out my razor blade
    Then I did what God forbade
    Now the cops are after me
    But I proved that I'm no sissy

    Fifty-third and third standing on the street
    Fifty-third and third I'm tryin' to turn a trick
    Fifty-third and third you're the one they never pick
    Fifty-third and third don't it make you feel sick?

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    Fifty-third and third Writer/s: DOUGLAS COLVIN, JEFF HYMAN, JOHN CUMMINGS, THOMAS ERDELYI
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Wixen Music Publishing
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Comments: 8

  • Lottie from NyDee Dee bravely admitted it's true he worked as a male prostitute on 53rd & 3rd in an interview he did during the late 1980s for a book called "Addict: Out of the Dark and Into the Light." He said he started turning tricks as a homeless teenager in California after he'd run away from home around the age of 16 when heroin was already a problem in his life.

    On his way hitchhiking out west he was arrested and spent time in an Indiana jail for being an accomplice to armed robbery. In his autobiography he described the jail as a rough place and was deeply upset that nobody in his family would (or could) bail him out, so he was there for 3 weeks (some sources say it was 3 months). Sounds like a traumatizing experience.

    After he got out he continued on to California, still not wanting to go home. In Cali he moved around a bit, sometimes living rough on city streets or in the woods (Pfeiffer Park Big Sur), spent some time in a welfare hotel and eventually stayed for a couple of months in the home of a man named Jim.

    Being exposed to new drugs at almost every turn was part of his experience. Eventually he left the state. To quote from his autobiography "I can't remember leaving LA again and hitchhiking east, but somehow I ended up at my grandma's house in Missouri. She was very religious.... After she made me flush my pot down the toilet I decided it was time to head back home to Forest Hills." From the book interview, he says "finally I moved back to New York, in total confusion, with a blossoming drug habit."

    There's an audio recording of the book interview so you can hear him admit to his hustling days in his own voice. It's on the website intervention . org but I suggest you do a google search since it's not easy to find from the website's home page.
  • Arthur ItisI wonder if the person in this song is the perpetrator in Rod Stewart’s Killing of Georgie; both songs were released in 1976. Too much of a connection there.
  • Rod Stewart Song from Australia"Killing of Georgie' by Rod Stewart says Georgie was killed on the corner of 53rd and 3rd.
  • Zero from The Abyss, NjThat last chorus after Dee Dee's bridge actually goes up a whole step with the chords to the chorus. I never noticed that until I tried to learn the song on my guitar!
  • Willie from Scottsdale, AzSeveral of the roadies in DeeDee's solo band were known bisexuals, so it's not entirely out of the question.
  • Joe from Chicago, Arone of the greatest punk rock songs ever made.... i went to 53rd & 3rd in New York though.. and it sucks... there is nothing there.
  • Steve from Birmingham, AlYes, the protagonist of the song killed a trick. However, it's safe to assume Dee Dee Ramone never killed anyone.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaSo the guy in the song killed someone right? I bet this relates to Dee Dee wanting to kill the a**holes who came around there, or maybe Dee Dee ACTUALLY KILLED SOMEONE *conspiracy alert conspiracy alert*
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