Monday, August 13, 2012

Make It Home - Alex Wong


This song describes a different side to New York than the one I normally think of. It's the side I try not to dwell on too much coz it's a frightening thought - being in a city like New York where it often feels like it's sink or swim. I deal with New York by ignoring the 'sinking' side and concentrating on just swimming.. but the song is accurate in its depiction of the city. It reminds me of Cafe Vivaldi.. a little singer-songwriter bar somewhere near Wall Street where you enter for free entertainment and a coupla apple ciders.

Make It Home

(Inspired by an accidental Christmas in New York one year)

The lady at the gate said the flights are grounded
Over sniffling kids and their parents' shouting
I can hear them through the phone at the dinner table
Sorry honey gotta go all your cousins are waiting

Everybody said, "relax, it's just your first year"
Why is California so far from here?

OK OK New York you win
I guess I don't know what I'm doing here
I swear I used to know

OK OK New York alright
I guess it's Xmas here tonight
Let's find the others, raise a glass,
I'm gonna make it home.

Was gonna get signed to an indie label
Was gonna rule this town, play the Garden by April
Was gonna talk about art with people who get me
Was gonna have hot friends from foreign countries

Everybody said "you made it, it's the greatest town"
But right now I just wanna get the hell out

OK OK New York you win
I guess I don't know what I'm doing here
I swear I used to know

OK OK New York alright
I guess I'm stuck with you tonight
Let's find the others, raise a glass,
I'm gonna make it home

I never thought it'd get so quiet here tonight
The empty streets are decked with dirty snow and Xmas lights
They said I'd find out who I am, but I don't know who I am
Only what I'm not

The cab back to Brooklyn cost 70 dollars
But for once I get the place all to myself here
Thank God this bar is open on Xmas eve
And when I walk through the door all the other orphans smile at me.

Everybody said, "look down, don't talk to strangers"
But I think I've had enough advice here

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