New York Morning
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The first to put a simple truth in words
Binds the world in a feeling all familiar
'Cause everybody owns the great ideas
And it feels like there's a big one round the corner

Antenna up and out into New York
Somewhere in all that talk is all the answers
And oh my giddy aunt New York can talk
It's the modern Rome and folk are nice to Yoko

Every bone of rivet steel, each corner stone and angle
Jenga jut and rusted water tower, pillar, post and sign
Every painted line and battered ladder building in this town
Sings a life of proud endeavour and the best that man can be
Me I see a city and I hear a million voices
Planning, drilling, welding, carrying their fingers to the nub
Reaching down into the ground, stretching up into the sky
Why? Because they can, they did and do
So you and I could live together

Oh my God New York can talk
Somewhere in all that talk is all the answers
Everybody owns the great ideas
And it feels like there's a big one round the corner
[x3]

The desire in the patchwork symphony
The desire like a distant storm
For love
Did it come from me
'Cause it feels like there's a big one round the corner

(Oh my God New York can talk
Somewhere in all that talk is all the answers
Everybody owns the great ideas
And it feels like there's a big one round the corner)
The desire in the patchwork symphony
The desire like a distant storm
For love
Did it come from me
'Cause it feels like there's a big one round the corner

The way the day begins
Decides the shade of everything
But the way it ends depends on if you're home
For every soul a pillow and a window please
In the modern Rome where folk are nice to Yoko

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"Another first draft diary entry written at 6am in the Moonstruck Diner in Manhattan. John Lennon in his final British press conference stated that He and his true love were moving to New York because it was "The modern Rome" and also because the British press had been so unkind to Yoko Ono, racist in fact. I felt a little national guilt when I heard that. New York embraced the couple proudly and their image is everywhere. They were on my mind that morning. So too were the construction workers and maintenance men and women of the city who keep its really quite fragile infrastructure ticking. They are given the same respect and status as emergency services personnel. New York is very proud of its work ethic. Something I've always loved about Manchester too. Jimi Goodwin joined the choir on this one." - Guy Garvey

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