Roller Coaster Town

Music & Lyrics by Garland Jeffreys

From the album The King of In Between (Luna Park Records, 2011)

 

New York’s my home

And I was born a thousand yards from the Cyclone

Every time I turn to look around

I realize how much I love this roller coaster town

 

New York’s the place

Where everybody’s here from the human race

Where they lift you up when you’re feelin’ down

That’s why I love this roller coaster town

 

Goin’ back to Brooklyn

To see my old friends

All the way back

Through the streets of Gravesend

Get up on the subway

I can read the old signs

Travelin’ down

Through the Coney Island of my mind

 

New York’s my home

Born a thousand yards from the Cyclone

And every time I turn to look around

I realize how much I love this roller coaster town

 

Goin’ up to Harlem

To my father’s old place

He’s long gone now

But there was peace upon his face

Cross the boulevards of Malcolm X

And Doctor King

Walk the avenues

And I’ll show you what tomorrow will bring

 

New York’s my home

And I was born a thousand yards from the Cyclone

And every time I turn to look around

I realize how much I love this roller coaster town

 

Yes, New York’s my home

New York’s my home sweet home

And every time I turn to look around

I realize how much I love this roller coaster town

 

New York’s the place

Where everybody’s here from the human race

Where they lift you up when you’re feelin’ down

That’s why I love this roller coaster town

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