New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
LCD Soundsystem Lyrics


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New York, I love you
But you're bringing me down

New York, I love you
But you're bringing me down

Like a rat in a cage
Pulling minimum wage

New York, I love you
But you're bringing me down

New York, you're safer
And you're wasting my time

Our records all show
You are filthy but fine

But they shuttered your stores
When you opened the doors
To the cops who were bored
Once they'd run out of crime

New York, you're perfect
Don't please don't change a thing

Your mild billionaire mayor's
Now convinced he's a king

So the boring collect
I mean all disrespect

In the neighborhood bars
I'd once dreamt I would drink

New York, I love you
But you're freaking me out

There's a ton of the twist
But we're fresh out of shout

Like a death in the hall
That you hear through your wall

New York, I love you
But you're freaking me out

New York, I love you
But you're bringing me down

New York, I love you
But you're bringing me down

Like a death of the heart
Jesus, where do I start?

But you're still the one pool
Where I'd happily drown

And oh, take me off your mailing list
For kids who think it still exists
Yes, for those who think it still exists

Maybe I'm wrong
And maybe you're right
Maybe I'm wrong
And maybe you're right
Maybe you're right
Maybe I'm wrong
And just maybe you're right

And oh
Maybe mother told you true
And they're always be somebody there for you
And you'll never be alone
But maybe she's wrong
And maybe I'm right
And just maybe she's wrong
Maybe she's wrong




And maybe I'm right
And if so, is there?

Overall Meaning

The song "New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" by LCD Soundsystem is an ode to the love-hate relationship the singer has with New York City, his hometown. The opening lines express his love for the city, but also his frustration and disappointment. He compares himself to a rat in a cage, working a minimum-wage job that doesn't allow him to enjoy the city's offerings. The repetition of the line "New York, I love you, but you're bringing me down" emphasizes the mixed emotions he feels towards the city.


The singer's criticism of New York continues in the following verses, as he discusses the city's changes and gentrification. He notes that while New York is safer now, it's also less interesting and exciting. The shuttering of stores and increased police presence have made the city mundane, and he longs for the gritty, dreamlike version of New York he once imagined.


In the final verse, the singer expresses his desire to disconnect from the city and its illusion of comfort. The line "Maybe mother told you true / And there'll always be somebody there for you" suggests the false sense of security New York offers its residents. He questions whether the city truly offers the happiness and fulfillment it promises.


Overall, the song is a complex portrayal of the love-hate relationship people can have with their hometowns. It captures the frustration and disappointment that can accompany the romanticized image of a place.


Line by Line Meaning

New York, I love you
The singer loves New York


But you're bringing me down
But New York is causing the singer to feel depressed and unhappy


Like a rat in a cage
The singer feels stuck and trapped in their current living situation


Pulling minimum wage
The artist is working a low-paying job and is struggling financially


New York, you're safer
New York has become a safer place to live


And you're wasting my time
But the singer feels like they are not making the most of their time living there


Our records all show
Data suggests


You are filthy but fine
New York city is dirty but still functioning well


But they shuttered your stores
But local businesses are closing down


When you opened the doors
As a result of opening up the city


To the cops who were bored
To law enforcement who were not handling much crime


Once they'd run out of crime
After they had dealt with all the crime


New York, you're perfect
The singer thinks New York is perfect as it is


Don't please don't change a thing
The singer doesn't want any changes made to New York


Your mild billionaire mayor's
The singer is referring to the former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, who is wealthy but unassuming


Now convinced he's a king
But who seems to be arrogantly taking control


So the boring collect
The local population who are uninteresting


I mean all disrespect
The singer is being disrespectful to them


In the neighborhood bars
In the local bars around the area


I'd once dreamt I would drink
The artist used to dream about drinking there in the past


New York, I love you
The artist still loves New York


But you're freaking me out
But now New York is causing the artist to feel anxious and freaked out


There's a ton of the twist
There are plenty of twists and turns in life


But we're fresh out of shout
But there is no more energy or excitement left in life


Like a death in the hall
Someone dying in a neighboring apartment is a common occurrence in New York


That you hear through your wall
And it's common to hear things through the thin walls in apartments


New York, I love you
The singer still loves New York


But you're bringing me down
But New York is still causing the artist to feel depressed and unhappy


New York, I love you
The artist reiterates that they still love New York


But you're bringing me down
But they still feel that the city is making them unhappy


Like a death of the heart
New York is slowly killing the singer's spirit and passion


Jesus, where do I start?
The problems with New York seem overwhelming and difficult to address


But you're still the one pool
Despite everything, New York is still the place where the artist would want to be


Where I'd happily drown
The artist would be content to immerse themselves in the city's vibe and culture


And oh, take me off your mailing list
The singer wants to disassociate themselves from people who are obsessed with New York's past


For kids who think it still exists
For young people who believe that New York is still the same as it was in the past


Yes, for those who think it still exists
And for anyone else who believes that New York is still the same as it was in the past


Maybe I'm wrong
Perhaps the singer doesn't know everything


And maybe you're right
And perhaps other people have a different perspective


Maybe I'm wrong
Again, the artist isn't certain


And maybe you're right
But other people might have a valid point


Maybe you're right
Perhaps other people do have a valid point


Maybe I'm wrong
The singer admits that they might be mistaken about some things


And just maybe you're right
And it's important to consider other viewpoints as well


And oh


Maybe mother told you true
Perhaps someone said something relevant to this issue


And they're always be somebody there for you
You can always count on someone to be there for you


And you'll never be alone
You won't always feel alone even in a place as busy as New York


But maybe she's wrong
However, the singer believes that this may not always be the case


And maybe I'm right
And that perhaps they have a right to feel the way they do


And just maybe she's wrong
And perhaps the person who said this is mistaken as well


Maybe she's wrong
Once again, perhaps the person who said this was wrong


And maybe I'm right
And perhaps the artist has a valid point


And if so, is there?
If this is the case, what does it all mean?




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Written by: James Murphy

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