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lyrics

New York’s gone
It will never be the same
Beatniks, queers, squatters and junkies
The art slums, the rich bums
The fucked-up “fuck you” with a heart of endurance
On a path of greatest resistance
Faded away to a postmodern post-mortem
New York’s gone
New York’s gone

New York’s gone
It will never be the same
The bootleggers’ hot jive race-mixing
The loudmouth speakeasies
The flappers and hoofers
The bankers and strikers
The crashing high flyers
The six A.M. Subway
On a path ’neath the grate
Air resistance
Railroaded out onto Robert Moses Parkway
New York’s gone
New York’s gone

New York’s gone,
It will never be the same
The immigrant high tides of industry
All Whitman’s young soldiers
An Erie empire laced with Edison power
On a path of least resistance
Faded away on a mustard cloud from Verdun
New York’s gone
New York’s gone
New York’s gone

New York’s gone
It will never be the same
George Washington’s first night of congress
In old Fraunces Tavern
Knickerbockers knocking back pious New England
Worn down from wampum in a New York Minuit
To sixty Dutch guilders of trinkets and blankets
At the point of no point of resistance
Leaving no trace but the trail to the Broad Way
New York’s gone
New York’s gone

New York’s gone
It will never be the same
I sing to myself over and over
Long years into exile
I took my own leave but I still see it shining
In a past of greatest resilience
Fading eternally into another dawn
New York’s gone
New York’s gone

As it always goes
The way it’s always gone
New York’s gone

As it always goes
And will ever be the same
New York’s gone

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from Pay Attention, released July 1, 2015
Brian Woodbury: vocals, synthesizer, drum & percussion programming; David Witham; Dan Lutz: upright bass; Glen Berger: saxophones, clarinets; Dan Levine: trombones, tubas. Written & arranged by Brian Woodbury.

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Brian Woodbury Los Angeles, California

Brian Woodbury is a Los Angeles composer, lyricist and bandleader who writes musicals, post-modern jazz compositions, quirky pop, country songs and music for children's TV.

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