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Halp!

I need help.

Specifically, I need popular song titles that reference New York City and Boston (and by popular, I mean everything from traditional music to rap, but not opera or orchestral music.)

These are for chapter titles in Whiskey & Water, so the weirder the better.

I have a partial list so far (with thanks to katallen, chance88088, and leahbobet)

Fairytale of New York.
New York State of Mind
I Love New York
Christmas in Hollis
Leaving New York
Autumn in New York.
Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More.
New York Minute
Seen the Lights Go Out On Broadway
I Guess the Lord Must be in New York City
Boy From New York City
New York Girls
First We Take Manhattan
New York's Not My Home
Englishman in New York
No Sleep til Brooklyn
Lullaby of Broadway
Take the A Train
Last Exit to Brooklyn
Central Parker
Do You Miss New York?
East Village Buffalo Poppy
New York State of Blues
New York Tendaberry
New York, New York
Sex in New York City
Sidewalks of New York
Sunrise Over New York
When I'm Out With The Belle of New York
Babylon



The Boston Rag
Please Come to Boston
Charlie on the MTA
Muddy Water


The weirder, as I say, the better--they have to mean something to people who don't necessarily know the song. (For example, "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City")

And what I really need right now is something with a "Lord of new York" or "Princes of New York" or whatever kind of a title.

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They Might Be Giants has the one about "Everyone's my friend in New York City, and everything looks beautiful when you're young and pretty." I believe it's called something complicated like "New York City."
It's actually a cover, but the TMBG version is the one I have.
Oh, and Simon and Garfunkel have "Only Living Boy in New York." Which seems more stillsostrange's thing than yours so far...eat braaaaaains....

I should say there is no brain-eating explicitly mentioned in the S&G song.
PERFECT.

Exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for.
Take Me Back to Manhattan - Cole Porter
N.Y.C. - from Annie

Pick and choose from this fine selection:

New York’s My Home - Sammy Davis, Jr.

On Broadway - The Drifters

Take The “A” Train - Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington Orchestra

Manhattan - Bobby Short

Lullaby Of Birdland - Mel Tormé

The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) - Harpers Bizarre

I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City - Nilsson

Harlem Shuffle - Bob & Earl

Chelsea Morning - Judy Collins

Manhattan Skyline - Julia Fordham

Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King

New York Groove - Ace Frehley

N.Y.C. - Original Cast Of Annie

Crazy Downtown - Allan Sherman

Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross

Theme From New York, New York - Liza Minnelli

*g* You didn't read the list, did you?

The 59th Street Bridge Song is a good one that I didn't have, though. Thank you!
Seen the Lights Go Out On Broadway

I think the actual title of this might be Miami 2018

Brooklyn Train</u>, Lucy Kaplansky
It's a parenthetical subtitle.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin etc etc. *g*

Thanks!
"The Lamb Lies Down on Braodway" -- A terrific album by Genesis
Er, "Broadway."
Boston and St John's
Aw. You beat me to it. :) (Are you a fellow Great Big Sea fan?)
All I have are:

"Love Song/New York" and "Brooklyn Train," Lusy Kaplansky
"Southern California Wants to Be Western New York," Dar Williams
"Englishman in New York," Sting
"I Can't See New York," Tori Amos
"Another New York Afternoon," Christine Lavin

---L.
good ones, thank you.
"I'll Take Manhattan" (Rodgers and Hart).
Unfortunately both the Sinatra song (Start spreadin' the news) and the one Gene Kelly (New York, New York, it's a wonderful town) have the same title, "New York, New York". Would it be possible to use first lines for one of those?

Google says Kenny Chesney has a song called "She's From Boston", and James Taylor has one called "From Belfast to Boston". Oh, and Great Big Sea has one I love called "Boston and St. John's"
I'm unlikely to use either of them, actually, because they don't have what I need out of a chapter title (the weirder the better, see above.)

Likewise "Sweet Baby James" isn't getting in, despite being my favorite song about Massachusetts. (The first of December was covered in snow, and so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston.)

The Alice's Restaurant Massacree might make it, though. *g* "Now let me tell you about the town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts."

"From Belfast to Boston" is ideal. Thanks!
"Native New Yorker" suits my purposes admirably. Thank you!
Oh, yeah, add Bruce's (that's Springsteen), 10th Avenue Freeze Out and maybe Rosalita (among others) to the list.
Thanks!
Thea Gilmore, "December in New York"
"Leaving New York," R.E.M.

There's a song called "Second Avenue," but the name of the group is escaping me at the moment. I can look up the song at home if you need me to do so; the mp3s on my laptop.
Thanks! Those are great.
Mighty Mighty Bosstones did "They Came To Boston"

Everything else I can think of has been done...
The Bosstones!

Oh, there's got to be some more of their stuff....
New York's My Home - Ray Charles
No Sleep Till Brooklyn - Beastie Boys
Englishman in New York - Sting
N.Y.I.S.C. - x-1 (AKA, "New York is So Cool")
Springtime in New York - Jonathan Richman

Boston is tough. Very tough. "Tessie" is the best I can do, but again it doesn't reference Boston in the title.
Thank you!
You'd think that half of Billy Joel's canon would count.

You've got "New York State of Mind" and "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights go Out on Broadway)." There's also "52nd Street," "Uptown Girl," and "Big Man on Mulberry Street."

He was so good before The Stranger...

B
*g* I kind of thing "The Legend of Billy the Kid" should count, too. Alas, I don't have a character named "Billy". Or I'd find a way.
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