I'll Take New York
Tom Waits Lyrics

I'll tip the newsboy
I'll get a shine
I'll ride that dream to the end of the line
I'm gonna be going places
I'll take a ride
Take me to the Riverside
I wanna take you to New York

I'll make it happen
I'm on the Garbos
I'm drinking Manhattans
I'll take a splash on the big town
That's how I will arrive
Have you got two tens for a five?
You've got to roll out the carpet
Strike up the band
Break out the best champagne when I land
You've got to beat the parade drum
Hit all the bars
I want the moon and stars
I'm gonna take you, New York

I'll make it happen
I'm on the Garbos
I'm drinking Mahattans
And I know someday they're going to name a street after me
Right next door to old Franklin D

I'm going to take you, big town
Come on, new york
Come on, move over, big town
I'll take New York
Come on, big town
Come on, get happy
New York
Come on

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: THOMAS A. WAITS

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Comments from YouTube:

Gilles Tremblay

The way that the harmonium collapses at the end while Waits is still holding the note is really compelling. Just like a dream vanishing while reality catches up to poor Frank...


Right? The whole song is compelling in that way, in that it almost sounds like some poor old drunken sap singing at an open mic in some dingy old bar on a week-night, singing his heart out about his past dreams and ambitions, only to be met with awkward silence and no applause in a near empty venue. Just like you said, like a dream vanishing as reality finally catches up.

David Ethridge

Howdy! I'm glad to see someones listening to this genius in 2018

Chris Freewell

Love this version

No One

crack up


Like the end of the world.

Tom as.

Sounds like George Costanza in the shower

David Ethridge

What version is this?


Tom channels Ethel Merman!