I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City
Harry Nilsson Lyrics


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I say goodbye to all my sorrows
And by tomorrow I'll be on my way
I guess the lord must be in New York City

I'm so tired of getting nowhere
Seein' my prayers going unanswered
I guess the lord must be in New York City
Well, here I am Lord, knocking at your back door
Ain't it wonderful to be
Where I've always wanted to be?
For the first time I'll breathe free in the New York City

Say goodbye to all my sorrow
And by tomorrow I'll be on my way
I guess the lord must be in New York City

So tired of getting nowhere
And seein' my prayers going unanswered
I guess the lord must be in New York City

Well, here I am Lord, knocking at your back door
Ain't it wonderful to be
Where I've always wanted to be?
For the first time I'll breathe free in the New York City





Oh, oh
Oh, oh

Overall Meaning

The song "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City" by Harry Nilsson is an ode to the city that the singer believes has some kind of divine connection. The lyrics speak of leaving behind sorrows and prayers that have gone unanswered, and finding a sense of freedom and relief in New York City. The repeated lines "I guess the lord must be in New York City" suggest an almost mystical quality to the city, as if it possesses a kind of higher power or energy that the singer feels drawn to.


The opening lines of the song suggest a sense of optimism and determination to leave behind any troubles and move forward to something better. The repeated line "by tomorrow I'll be on my way" reinforces this sense of urgency and hope. The mention of unanswered prayers and getting nowhere suggests a feeling of disillusionment or disappointment with the singer's past experiences, and the sense that New York City represents a fresh start or a new beginning.


The final lines of the song, with the singer knocking at the Lord's back door and finding freedom and relief in New York City, suggest a kind of spiritual journey or quest for meaning. The city itself becomes a symbol of hope and possibility, a place where anything is possible and where the singer can finally find the sense of fulfillment that has eluded them so far. In short, the lyrics of the song suggest an almost mystical connection to New York City, as if the city itself possesses some kind of divine energy that draws the singer to it.


Line by Line Meaning

I say goodbye to all my sorrows
I am bidding adieu to all my worries and troubles


And by tomorrow I'll be on my way
In a day's time, I'll be on my journey


I guess the lord must be in New York City
It appears that the Almighty is present in the city of New York


I'm so tired of getting nowhere
I am extremely weary of not making any progress


Seein' my prayers going unanswered
Observing that my supplications are not being heard


I guess the lord must be in New York City
It seems that God can be found in New York City


Well, here I am Lord, knocking at your back door
I am at Your service, knocking at Your back entrance


Ain't it wonderful to be
Isn't it marvelous to be


Where I've always wanted to be?
In a place where I've always yearned to be?


For the first time I'll breathe free in the New York City
For the first time, I will inhale the air of freedom in New York City


Say goodbye to all my sorrow
Bidding farewell to all my sadness


And by tomorrow I'll be on my way
And tomorrow I shall embark on my journey


I guess the lord must be in New York City
I surmise that the Lord is located in New York City


So tired of getting nowhere
Worn down by the constant feeling of not reaching my destination


And seein' my prayers going unanswered
Also, observing my supplications going without an answer


I guess the lord must be in New York City
I deduce that the Lord must be residing in the metropolis of New York


Well, here I am Lord, knocking at your back door
Once again, I find myself at your service, rapping at your rear portal


Ain't it wonderful to be
Isn't it delightful to be


Where I've always wanted to be?
At a place where all my longing and desires have been directed?


For the first time I'll breathe free in the New York City
I'll have my initial taste of liberation in New York City!


Oh, oh
Oh, oh


Oh, oh
Oh, oh




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: HARRY NILSSON, HARRY EDWARD NILSSON

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@joebelle3487

Besides the voice, the best thing about Harry Nilsson was that he never pretended to be anything other than what he was. What a talent; taken far too soon. RIP Harry...

@datetley

Yes

@michaelcole8999

The rare kind. A humble kind of Lou Reed breed

@lindapoplin4473

Amen to THAT. I LOVED him

@debbyharrison9198

He was his own man. Very respected and envied..like Tom Petty❤️

@elmaloalejandro7354

Great comment

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@grahambrown1980

There’s just something about this song that sounds so apropos when you wake up early in the morning and hear it on a radio or something and you’re not fully awake yet.

This song takes you to that happy place. It’s like a walk through a beautiful park on a sunny morning or even a walk in the suburbs under shady trees overhead on those old fashioned looking broad sidewalks, rows of older but well maintained houses on both sides, lovely property and gardens, those old fashioned metal fences lining people’s porches, park benches around and people out walking their dogs. Even feeling like you’re on something! 😇

@bobbyarguelles8871

What a great song it brings me back seeing my mom laying there saying my good byes RiP mom because she was a very religious mom love you mom.

@nilsmedskillz

Rest in peace to your mother

@carolynstockton5876

One of the most beautiful God given voices ever

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