x i

Streets of New York

Streets of New York – Irish Song

Streets of New York Lyrics

I was 18yrs old when
I went down to Dublin with a fistful
Of money and a cartload of dreams
“Take your time” said me father 
Stop rushing like hell and remember all is not what it seems to be 
For there’s fellas that would cut ye for the coat on yer back 
Or the watch that you got from your mother so take care me old bucko 
And mind yourself well and will ya give this wee note to me brother

At the time Uncle Benjy was a policeman in Brooklyn 
And me father the youngest, looked after the farm 
When a phonecall from America said 
‘Send the lad over’
And the oul fella said ‘Sure wouldn’t do any harm’ for I’ve spent me life working this dirty old ground 
For a few pints of porter and the smell of a pound 
And sure maybe there’s something you’ll learn or you’ll see 
And you can bring it back home make it easy on me 

So I landed in Kennedy and a big yellow taxi
Carried me and me bags through the streets and the rain 
Well me poor heart was thumpin around with excitement 
And I hardly even heard what the driver was sayin
We came in the Shore Parkway to the faltlands of Brooklyn 
To me Uncle’s apartment on East 53rd
I was feeling so happy I was humming a song and I sang “You’re as free as a bird”

Well to shorten the story what I found out that day was that Benjy got shot down in an uptown foray and while I was flying my way to New York
Poor Benjy was lying in a cold city morgue.
Well I phoned up the old fella told him the news 
I could tell he could 
Hardly stand up in his shoes and he wept as he told me 
‘Go ahead with the plans 
And not to forget be a proud Irish man’

So I went to Nellies beside Fordham road and i started to learn about lifting the load
But the heaviest thing that I carried that year 
Was the bittersweet thought of my hometown so dear 
I went home that December ’cause the oul fella died 
Had to borrow the money from Phil on the side 
And all the brught flowers and brass couldn’t hide 
The poor wasted face of me father 

I sold up the oul farmyard for what it was worth and into my bag stuck 
A handful of earth then I boarded a train and I caught me a plane 
And I found meself back in the US again 
It’s been 22yrs since 
I’ve set foot in Dublin 
Me kids know to use the correct knife and fork 
But I’ll never forget the green grass and the rivers 
As I keep law and order in the streets of New York.