Jerry: This is what single people are thinking about the minute they wake up in the morning. And yet we’re surrounded by people, they’re right next to us, on the bus, on the street! But we can’t meet them.
George: Why won’t they meet us?
Jerry: Because strangers have a bad reputation.
George: A few bad strangers have ruined it for the rest of us!
God, that was strange to see you again Introduced by a friend of a friend Smiled and said, “Yes, I think we’ve met before” In that instant it started to pour
Captured a taxi despite all the rain We drove in silence across Pont Champlain And all of that time you thought I was sad I was trying to remember your name
This scar is a fleck on my porcelain skin You tried to reach deep but you never got in And now you’re outside me, you see all the beauty Repent all your sin
Nothing but time and a face that you’ll lose I chose to feel it and you couldn’t choose I’ll write you a postcard, I’ll send you the news From the house down the road from real love
Live through this and you won’t look back Live through this and you won’t look back Live through this and you won’t look back
There’s one thing I have to say so I’ll be brave You were what I wanted I gave what I gave I’m not sorry I met you I’m not sorry it’s over I’m not sorry there’s nothing to save I’m not sorry there’s nothing to save
Since its founding, New York has been an evergreen inspiration for musicians, from Gershwin to Dylan to the Beastie Boys. “Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z’s love letter to the city, is just the latest, and perhaps greatest, in a long line of New York-inspired songs. But one day — maybe soon, maybe not — someone else will come along and pen a diddy about the city that never sleeps that will fully-encapsulate life in the five boroughs and Jay-Z’s will be a worn-out standard, played while fans shuffle out of the new new Yankee Stadium.
So in honor of the long and vast history of New York in song, we’re extremely pleased to introduce the Huffington Post New York Music Project. Essentially we are trying to discover, uncover, and map every single song lyric that name-checks a location, business, corner, monument, etc., in the city of New York. This can be as vague as George Cohan giving his regards “to Broadway” to as specific as Lou Reed “waiting for the man” on 125th and Lexington. We’ve put together 40 entries to start off with, but that just scratches the surface.
We need your help!
Help us create the definitive map of New York music. All you need are the lyrics, a picture of the location (if you don’t have one, use Google Maps Street View to grab an image), and hit the PARTICIPATE button below.
Multiple lyrics from the same song are fine, and please feel free to add as many as you can