Song of the Day #3,507: ‘New York’ – St. Vincent

Indie rocker St. Vincent takes the #7 spot on Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll with ‘New York,’ a single from her fifth studio album, Masseduction.

Annie Clark (the woman behind the pseudonym) teamed up with super-producer Jack Antonoff to deliver a pop twist on her usual alternative sound and garnered some of the best reviews of her already critically-adored career.

I just downloaded this album and will have more to say about it in the weeks to come. This is a good song, though it seems to end just as it’s getting started. And what’s with seemingly every song these days including the F-word in its chorus?

[Verse 1]
New York isn’t New York
Without you, love
So far in a few blocks
To be so low

[Refrain 1]
And if I call you from First Avenue
Where you’re the only motherfucker in the city
Who can handle me

[Verse 2]
New love wasn’t true love
Back to you, love
So much for a home run
With some blue bloods

[Refrain 2]
If I last-strawed you on 8th Avenue
Where you’re the only motherfucker in the city
Who can stand me

[Chorus]
I have lost a hero
I have lost a friend
But for you, darling
I’d do it all again

[Chorus]
I have lost a hero
I have lost a friend
But for you, darling
I’d do it all again

[Verse 3]
New York isn’t New York
Without you, love
Too few of our old crew
Left on Astor

[Refrain 3]
So, if I trade our hood for some Hollywood
Where you’re the only motherfucker in the city who would
Only motherfucker in the city who would
Only motherfucker in the city who’d forgive me

[Chorus]
I have lost a hero
I have lost a friend
But for you, darling
I’d do it all again

[Chorus]
I have lost a hero
I have lost a friend
But for you, darling
I’d do it all again

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,507: ‘New York’ – St. Vincent

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Sometimes the f bombs work effectively, but it feels syllabically forced and unnecessary here.

    • Clay says:

      I disagree that it sounds syllabically forced… I think it flows just perfectly. And I’m not a prude, but I recall a time when it was rare to hear “fuck”in a song at all, let alone in the chorus. Maybe the fact that radio is less important than ever and clean versions are so readily available has opened up the floodgates.

  2. willedare says:

    The verse is now stuck in my head. Thank you for sharing this song with all of us.

  3. Peg Clifton says:

    I actually like this song and her voice.

  4. Madison says:

    I really like this song and video 👌🏼 Antonoff has a great track record going and female artists are definitely killin’ it, despite what the Grammys might reflect.

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