NEW YORK CITY SERENADE

Pete Yorn's cover version


Oh Billy, he's down by the railroad tracks
Sitting low in the back seat of his Cadillac
And Diamond Jackie, oh, she's so intact
And she falls so softly beneath him
Jackie's heels are stacked
Billy's got cleats on his boots
Together they're gonna boogaloo down Broadway
And come back home with the news
It's midnight in Manhattan, this ain't no time to get cute, it's a mad dog's promenade
So walk tall
Or baby, don't walk at all

Fish lady, fish lady, fish lady, she brakes down them tenement walls
Won't say corner boys ain't got no money, they're so easy
I said, "Hey there, baby, won't you take my hand and move with me down Broadway"
I said, "Mama, won't you take my arm and move with me, move with me down Broadway"
I'm a young man and I'm talkin' really loud, a young man, said I'm gonna walk it real proud for you
So shake away the street life, shake away the city life
Oh, and hook it to the train, and hook it to the night train
Ah, hook it to the train
But I know that she won't take the train, no, she won't take the train
She won't take the train, no, she won't take the train
She won't take the train, no, she won't take the train
She's afraid these tracks are gonna slow her down
And when she turns, this boy will be gone
So long
Sometimes you gotta walk on

Hey, jazz man, hey, vibes man, won't you sing me a serenade
Any deeper blue, you'll be playing in your grave
So save your notes, don't you spend them on the blues, boys
Yeah, save your notes, don't you spend them on diying solo
Yeah, down the church note ringing, vibes man stings to the trash can
He says, "Listen to your junkman"
Ah, listen to your junkman
Ah, listen to your junkman
Ah, listen to your junkman
He's singing
He's singing
He's singing
He's singing
He's singing
Singing, singing, he's singing
Oh, shake away the street life, shake away the city life
Oh, I hook it to the train, yeah, hook it to the night train
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Info

The above lyrics are for Pete Yorn's cover version of Bruce Springsteen's NEW YORK CITY SERENADE. The song was released as a bonus track on expanded reissues of his 2001 debut album Musicforthemorningafter. See the below section for more details.

On his recording of NEW YORK CITY SERENADE, Pete Yorn handles vocals, guitar, harmonica, and percussion, and is accompanied by Joe Kennedy on piano.

Official Releases

Pete Yorn's cover version of NEW YORK CITY SERENADE can be found on the below official releases.

Pete Yorn -- Musicforthemorningafter
Pete Yorn -- Musicforthemorningafter

CD - Columbia (503323 9) - Europe, 2001

This is an expanded reissue of the album with bonus tracks, including two Bruce Springsteen covers: DANCING IN THE DARK and NEW YORK CITY SERENADE.
Pete Yorn -- Musicforthemorningafter
Pete Yorn -- Musicforthemorningafter

2xCD - Columbia (CK 86244) - USA, 2002

This is a special 2-disc limited edition. Disc 1 is the regular U.S. release (catalog number CK 62216) and disc 2 is a bonus disc (catalog number CSK 56800) that contains bonus tracks, including two Bruce Springsteen covers: DANCING IN THE DARK and NEW YORK CITY SERENADE.
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - Schoolhouse Records (SHR0022-2) - USA, 2003
3xCD - Good Sounds (DM 797-02) - Spain, 2003
2xCD - Good Sounds (DM 797E-02) - Spain, 2003
2xCD - Revolver (REV XD244) - UK, 2004
2xCD - Sony (MHCP-928/9) - Japan, 2005
2xCD - Sony Records (MHCO 928-929) - Japan, 2007

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. There are six issues of this album (with three track configurations) and this track was included on all six issues listed above.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of NEW YORK CITY SERENADE on this website:

NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Album version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Original studio version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 23 Jul 1973 (early show) version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 31 Jul 1973 (late show) version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 17 Nov 1973 version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 06 Jan 1974 version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 03 Mar 1974 (late show) version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 09 May 1974 (early show) version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 13 Jul 1974 version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 29 Oct 1974 version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 05 Feb 1975 version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 22 Jul 1975 version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 20 Jun 2000 version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 03 Oct 2003 version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 07 Nov 2009 version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 11 Jul 2013 version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Live 26 Feb 2014 version]
NEW YORK CITY SERENADE [Pete Yorn's cover version]

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