Empire State Of Mind
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Yeah

Yeah, I'm out that Brooklyn, now I'm down in Tribeca
Right next to DeNiro, but I'll be hood forever
I'm the new Sinatra, and since I made it here
I can make it anywhere, yeah, they love me everywhere
I used to cop in Harlem, hola, my Dominicanos (dímelo)
Right there up on Broadway, brought me back to that McDonald's
Took it to my stashbox, 560 State Street
Catch me in the kitchen like a Simmons whippin' pastry
Cruisin' down 8th St, off-white Lexus
Drivin' so slow, but BK is from Texas
Me, I'm out that Bed-Stuy, home of that boy Biggie
Now I live on Billboard and I brought my boys with me
Say what up to Ty-Ty, still sippin' Mai Tais
Sittin' courtside, Knicks and Nets give me high five
Nigga I be Spike'd out, I could trip a referee (come on, come on, come on)
Tell by my attitude that I'm most definitely from

In New York (ayy, ah-ha) (uh, yeah)
Concrete jungle (yeah) where dreams are made of
There's nothin' you can't do (yeah) (okay)
Now you're in New York (ah-ha, ah-ha, ah-ha) (uh, yeah)
These streets will make you feel brand new (new)
Big lights will inspire you (come on) (okay)
Let's hear it for New York (you're welcome, OG) (come on)
New York (yeah), New York (uh) (I made you hot, nigga)

Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game
Shit, I made the Yankee hat more famous then a Yankee can
You should know I bleed blue, but I ain't a Crip though
But I got a gang of niggas walkin' with my clique though
Welcome to the melting pot, corners where we sellin' rock
Afrika Bambataa shit, home of the hip-hop
Yellow cab, gypsy cab, dollar cab, holla back
For foreigners it ain't fair, they act like they forgot how to act
Eight million stories, out there in the naked
City is a pity, half of y'all won't make it
Me, I got a plug, Special Ed "I Got It Made"
If Jeezy's payin' Lebron, I'm payin' Dwyane Wade
Three dice Cee-lo, three-card Monte
Labor Day Parade, rest in peace Bob Marley
Statue of Liberty, long live the World Trade (come on, come on, come on)
Long live the king yo, I'm from the Empire State that's

In New York (ayy, ah-ha) (uh, yeah)
Concrete jungle (yeah) where dreams are made of
There's nothin' you can't do (that boy good) (okay)
Now you're in New York (uh, yeah)
(Welcome to the bright lights, baby)
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you (okay)
Let's hear it for New York (come on)
New York (yeah), New York (uh)

Lights is blinding, girls need blinders
So they can step out of bounds quick, the sidelines is
Lined with casualties, who sip the life casually
Then gradually become worse, don't bite the apple, Eve
Caught up in the in-crowd, now you're in style
End of the winter gets cold, en vogue, with your skin out
City of sin, it's a pity on a whim
Good girls gone bad, the city's filled with them
Mommy took a bus trip, now she got her bust out
Everybody ride her, just like a bus route
"Hail Mary" to the city, you're a virgin
And Jesus can't save you, life starts when the church end
Came here for school, graduated to the high life
Ball players, rap stars, addicted to the limelight
MDMA got you feelin' like a champion (come on, come on, come on)
The city never sleeps, better slip you an Ambien

In New York (ayy, oh) (uh, yeah)
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothin' you can't do (okay)
Now you're in New York (uh, yeah)
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you (okay)
Let's hear it for New York (come on)
New York (yeah), New York (uh)

One hand in the air for the big city (uh)
Street lights, big dreams, all lookin' pretty (uh)
No place in the world that could compare
Put your lighters in the air everybody say
"Yeah, yeah" (come on, come on, come on)
"Yeah, yeah"

In New York (uh, yeah)
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothin' you can't do (okay)
Now you're in New York (uh, yeah)
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you




Let's hear it for New York (come on)
New York (yeah), New York (uh)

Overall Meaning

The song Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys expresses the pride, hope, and energy that New York City inspires in its residents and visitors alike. The lyrics begin by highlighting the artist's own journey from Brooklyn to Tribeca, becoming one of the greatest rappers of all time and likening himself to Frank Sinatra. The chorus then celebrates the city as a place where dreams are made of, a concrete jungle where anything is possible. The verses go on to touch on various aspects of New York life, from Harlem to Broadway to the melting pot of cultures on its streets, the city's sports teams, and the stories of its residents, whether good or bad. The song ends with a call to put one's hand in the air in solidarity with the city and with the message of the song.


Line by Line Meaning

Yeah
Acknowledgement and emphasis of his upcoming statement


Yeah, I'm out that Brooklyn, now I'm down in Tribeca
Jay-Z has moved from Brooklyn to Tribeca


Right next to De Niro, but I'll be hood forever
Jay-Z will remain grounded in his roots, even though he lives next to De Niro


I'm the new Sinatra, and since I made it here
Jay-Z compares himself to Frank Sinatra and his success in New York


I can make it anywhere, yeah, they love me everywhere
Jay-Z can succeed in any place as he has gained a wide fanbase


I used to cop in Harlem, hola, my Dominicanos (dímelo)
Jay-Z used to purchase drugs in Harlem


Right there up on Broadway, brought me back to that McDonald's
Jay-Z recalls his nostalgia for his time in Harlem, specifically buying food at McDonald's on Broadway


Took it to my stashbox, 560 State Street
Jay-Z used to store his drugs at 560 State Street


Catch me in the kitchen like a Simmons whippin' pastry
Jay-Z is cooking in the kitchen like Russell Simmons


Cruisin' down 8th St, off-white Lexus
Jay-Z drives an off-white Lexus down 8th Street


Drivin' so slow, but BK is from Texas
Jay-Z drives slowly but still represents Brooklyn, which is very different than Texas


Me, I'm out that Bed-Stuy, home of that boy Biggie
Jay-Z grew up in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn where The Notorious B.I.G. also lived


Now I live on Billboard and I brought my boys with me
Jay-Z is successful enough to have his name on a billboard and brings his friends with him on his journey


Say what up to Ty-Ty, still sippin' Mai Tais
Jay-Z greets his friend Ty-Ty, who is still drinking Mai Tais


Sittin' courtside, Knicks and Nets give me high five
Jay-Z's courtside seats at Knicks and Nets games earn him high fives from players


Nigga, I be Spike'd out, I could trip a referee (come on, come on, come on)
Jay-Z is well-dressed like Spike Lee and has enough influence to impact a referee's calls


Tell by my attitude that I'm most definitely from
Jay-Z's attitude confirms that he is from New York


Concrete jungle (yeah) where dreams are made of
New York's cityscape is compared to a jungle where dreams come true


There's nothin' you can't do (yeah) (okay)
In New York, one can accomplish anything


Now you're in New York (ah-ha, ah-ha, ah-ha) (uh, yeah)
The listener is now in New York


These streets will make you feel brand new (new)
New York's streets offer new and exciting opportunities


Big lights will inspire you (come on) (okay)
The bright lights of the city are motivating and inspiring


Let's hear it for New York (you're welcome, OG) (uh)
An acknowledgement for New York


Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game
Jay-Z goes to Yankee games with someone called OG


Shit, I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can
Jay-Z's fame has made the Yankee's hat more popular than the team itself


You should know I bleed blue, but I ain't a Crip though
Jay-Z supports the New York Yankees but he is not a gang member


But I got a gang of niggas walkin' with my clique though
Jay-Z has a group of friends supporting him


Welcome to the melting pot, corners where we sellin' rock
New York is a city of diversity where drugs are sold on particular street corners


Afrika Bambataa shit, home of the hip-hop
New York is the birthplace of hip-hop as named by Afrika Bambaataa


Yellow cab, gypsy cab, dollar cab, holla back
New York has many types of taxis and people should hail one to get a ride


For foreigners it ain't fair, they act like they forgot how to act
Foreign people do not know how to act in New York and create problems


Eight million stories, out there in the naked
There are many stories in New York, but they are often told honestly and without pretense


City is a pity, half of y'all won't make it
New York can be a difficult and unforgiving place where many people who come there will face failure


Me, I got a plug, Special Ed, "I Got It Made"
Jay-Z has obtained drug connections from someone called Special Ed


If Jeezy's payin' Lebron, I'm payin' Dwyane Wade
Jay-Z is making sure he gives back to his community by paying Dwyane Wade, while Jeezy pays LeBron


Three dice Cee-lo, three-card Monte
Jay-Z enjoys and is skilled at gambling games like Cee-lo and three-card Monte


Labor Day Parade, rest in peace Bob Marley
Jay-Z pays tribute to Bob Marley during a Labor Day parade


Statue of Liberty, long live the World Trade (come on, come on, come on)
Jay-Z acknowledges the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center


Long live the king, yo, I'm from the Empire State that's
Jay-Z references himself as being the king of New York as an Empire State native


There's nothin' you can't do (that boy good) (okay)
The same line as earlier referencing New York's power and ability


One hand in the air for the big city (uh)
A hand is raised to acknowledge the greatness of New York


Street lights, big dreams, all lookin' pretty (uh)
New York's skyline is captivating and beautiful


No place in the world that could compare (nah)
There is no other place in the world that can compare to New York


Put your lighters in the air everybody say
Jay-Z encourages his fans to raise their lighters and sing along


"Yeah, yeah" (come on, come on, come on)
The crowd responds with enthusiasm


"Yeah, yeah" (I'm from New York)
Jay-Z is from New York


Lights is blinding, girls need blinders
The bright lights of New York can be blinding and overwhelming to people


So they can step out of bounds quick, the sidelines is
The female population steps out of bounds quickly when it comes to the nightlife in New York


Lined with casualties, who sip the life casually
There are many people who become victims of the nightlife and living frivolously in New York


Then gradually become worse, don't bite the apple, Eve
These victims become worse after leading a wild life, and references the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible


Caught up in the in-crowd, now you're in style
People become swept up in the popular crowd and become fashionable


Into the winter gets cold, en vogue, with your skin out
Even in the winter, people are fashionable and wear clothing that exposes their skin


City of sin, it's a pity on a whim
New York is the city of sin where people give in to temptation on a whim


Good girls gone bad, the city's filled with them
There are many girls who start as good, but end up becoming bad due to the temptation and influence of New York


Mommy took a bus trip, now she got her bust out
A mother took a bus trip and now she is flaunting her assets


Everybody ride her, just like a bus route
People take advantage of the mother just like they take a bus route


"Hail Mary" to the city, you're a virgin
Jay-Z references the Catholic prayer 'Hail Mary' in comparison to the virginity of the city


And Jesus can't save you, life starts when the church end
The city is so corrupt that Jesus cannot save it, and life begins (or ends) with the church


Came here for school, graduated to the high life
Jay-Z relocated to go to school in New York and has now graduated to a luxurious lifestyle


Ball players, rap stars, addicted to the limelight
The entertainment industry is typically populated with athletes and musicians addicted to fame


MDMA got you feelin' like a champion (come on, come on, come on)
MDMA (ecstasy) gives people the feeling of being a champion or winner


The city never sleeps, better slip you an Ambien
New York is a city that never sleeps and one might need a sleeping pill such as Ambien to rest




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Alexander William Shuckburgh, Alicia J Augello-Cook, Shawn C Carter, Angela Hunte, Bert Keyes, Sylvia Robinson, Janette Sewell

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@Agoenkajja60

Ooooh, New York!
Ooooh, New York!

Grew up in a town that is famous as a place of movie scenes
Noise is always loud, there are sirens all around and the streets are mean
If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere, that's what they say
Seeing my face in lights or my name in marquees found down on Broadway

Even if it ain't all it seems, I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby I'm from New York!
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothing you can't do
Now you're in New York!
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York, New Yooork!

On the avenue, there ain't never a curfew, ladies work so hard
Such a melting pot, on the corner selling rock, preachers pray to God
Hail a gypsy cab, takes me down from Harlem to the Brooklyn Bridge
Some will sleep tonight with a hunger for more than an empty fridge

I'ma make it by any means, I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby I'm from New York!
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothing you can't do
Now you're in New York!
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York, New Yooork!

One hand in the air for the big city
Street lights, big dreams, all looking pretty
No place in the world that can compare
Put your lighters in the air, everybody say
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah



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Wsg bro me

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Me

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@kingbeef396

This song makes me feel like anything is possible.

@SOLO.SOLO.SOLO.

In New York☝️

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It's not

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Less chance of 86n in the land of opportunity

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