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  • New York New York, big city of dreams
  • And everything in New York ain't always what it seems
  • You might get fooled if you come from out of town
  • But I'm down by law and I know my way around
  • Too much, too many people, too much (aha-ha)
  • Too much, too many people, too much, Raaah!
  • A castle in the sky, one mile high
  • Built to shelter the rich and greedy
  • Rows of eyes, disguised as windows
  • Looking down on the poor and the needy
  • Miles of people, marching up the avenue
  • Doin' what they gotta do, just to get by
  • I'm living in the land of plenty and many
  • But I'm damn sure poor and I don't know why
  • Too much, too many people, too much
  • Too much, too many people, too much!
  • A man's on a ledge, says he's gonna jump
  • People gather round, said, "He won't he's just a chump"
  • 'Cause he lost his job, then he got robbed
  • His mortgage is due and his marriage is through
  • He says he ain't gonna pay no child support
  • Because the ***** left him without a second thought
  • He got nothing to eat, no shoes on his feet
  • She even left his clothes out in the street
  • He keeps hearing noises when he's at home
  • He always hears voices when he's all alone
  • His wife took the kids, the car and the crib
  • In this man's world, so much for Women's Lib
  • New York New York big city of dreams
  • But everything in New York ain't always what it seems
  • You might get fooled if you come from out of town
  • But I'm down by law, and I know my way around
  • Down in the Village, you might think I'm silly
  • But you can't tell the women from the men sometimes
  • They're sugar and spice and everything nice
  • But when you get em home ain't no telling what you find
  • Right next door is a little old man
  • I seen him eating dog food out of a can
  • He says, "I got to eat, when I can't afford meat
  • I barely can stand, on my own two feet
  • I got a bad habit and I just can't break it
  • Something's on my mind and I just can't shake it
  • I need some time, and I want some space
  • I gotta get away from the human race?
  • Too much, too many people, too much (aha-ha)
  • Too much, too many people, too much! Raaah!
  • Staring at a skyscraper reaching into heaven
  • When over in the ghetto I'm livin in hell
  • Just play ball or be an entertainer
  • 'Cause niggaz like me can't read too well
  • Nobody loves me, nobody cares
  • I dreamed about a life but I'm livin in a nightmare
  • Paranoid schizo, set back, snowbound
  • Bad news psycho, heart attack, breakdown!
  • Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh
  • Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh
  • Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh
  • Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, HUH!
  • If only I could sleep just ten more minutes
  • I might find the strength to make another day
  • If I didn't have to get up and do my thing
  • I would probably sleep my whole life away
  • I messed up a nice dream, somethin' bout ice cream
  • Whipped cream, fruits and a cherry on top
  • Now I gotta get up and face the world, huh
  • The pressure is on, It ain't never gonna stop
  • I sho' gotta learn to use my mind
  • I don't wanna be kissing nobody's behind
  • Just standin' on line lookin' like a jerk
  • Gotta get off my butt and do a full day's work
  • I ran into a pothole, got into a car crash
  • Should'a been thinking and tried to fake whiplash
  • A crowd gathered round, they're callin' me fat
  • Who you lookin at with a face like that?
  • New York New York big city of dreams
  • Everything in New York ain't always what it seems
  • You might get fooled if you come from out of town
  • But I'm down by law and I know my way around
  • On 42nd Street, lookin for some action
  • Women standing on the corner selling satisfaction
  • One young punk just leaning on the fence
  • Tryin' to make a dollar out of fifteen cents
  • Really is a prankster, tried to be a gangster
  • Real big wheel when a gun is in his hands
  • Just did a stick-up, just got picked up
  • One dead punk, killed by the man
  • New York New York big city of dreams
  • And everything in New York ain't always what it seem
  • You might get fooled if you come from out of town
  • But I'm down by law and I know my way around
  • Too much, too many people, too much (haha ha ha)
  • Too much, too many people, too much!Huh!
  • A baby cries and a mother dies
  • And the tears fall from the doctor's eyes
  • Because in this room, on this day
  • The Good Lord has giveth, and taketh away, huh!
  • The gift of life really means a lot
  • And in the ghetto your life is all you got
  • So you take to the streets, trying to exist
  • In the trash and slime of a world like this
  • What you watch on TV tells you what life is supposed to be
  • But when you look outside the only thing you see
  • Is the poverty stricken reality, Heh!
  • Abandoned places, angry faces
  • Much hate and hunger throughout the races
  • You say, "I'm grown and I'm on my own
  • So why don't everybody just leave me alone!"
  • Now you stay at home, talking on the phone
  • Doin ninety miles an hour in the fifty mile zone
  • They never took the time to tell you bout sex
  • So you had to learn about it in the discotheques
  • Nine months later, the baby is there
  • And the Nigga that did it said, "I don't care!"
  • You don't have enough money to help feed two
  • So you have to choose between the baby and you
  • The sky was crying, rain and hail
  • When you put your baby in the garbage pail
  • Then you kissed the kid and put down the lid
  • And you tried to forget what you just did, Huh!
  • The muffled screams of a dying baby
  • Was enough to drive the young mother crazy
  • So she ran in the rain trying to ease the pain
  • Huh huh, And she drove herself insane
  • New York New York big city of dreams
  • But everything in New York ain't always what it seem
  • You might get fooled if you come from out of town
  • But I'm down by law and I know my way around
  • Too much, too many people, too much (haha ha ha)
  • Too much, too many people, too much! HUH!
  • New York New York big city of dreams
  • But everything in New York ain't always what it seem
  • You might get fooled if you come from out of town
  • But I'm down by law and I know my way around
  • Too much, too many people, too much (haha ha ha)
  • Too much, too many people, too much

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