YOU CAN’T HAVE NEW YORK

Author: Monique Bingham
Composer: Quentin Harris
2004

VERSE
MABYE I SHOULD LEAVE HER SHE DONE ME WRONG
SHE MADE ME A BELIEVER FOR MUCH TOO LONG
I’VE HAD ENOUGH HAD ENOUGH OF FUCKING WITH STRANGERS
THE ATMOSPHERE THE NIGHT MAKES EVERYONE SEEM PROFOUND
THE THOUGHT OF ALL THE MONEY AND THE MADNESS AND DANGER
THE ENERGY YOU FEEL IT COMING UP FROM THE GROUND

HAVE YOU? I’VE BEEN. NO THEN? YOU SHOULD.
IT WAS, WHAT’S THE, WORD IT’S, SO GOOD
HAVE YOU? I’VE BEEN. NO THEN. YOU MUST.
I CAN’T DESCRIBE, IT WAS, IT’S JUST.

CHORUS
YOU CAN’T HAVE NEW YORK
SHE’S A HIGH CLASS WHORE YOU CAN’T AFFORD
AND YOU WON’T LIVE ON THE PARK
NO DOORMAN TO HAIL TAXIS FOR YOU
AND YOU CAN’T HAVE NEW YORK
GON’ GET PRICED OUT OF UPTOWN IF YOU KEEP FUCKIN ‘ROUND WHAT
WHEN SHE START WINKING HER EYE
TWINKLING HER LIGHTS
THEY JUST AS BRIGHT FROM JERSEY CITY

VERSE
MAYBE IM NOT REALY COOL
AND SHE KNEW ALL ALONG
IF SHE DON’T FIND YOU BEAUTIFUL
YOU’LL NEVER BELONG
I’VE HAD IT WITH HAD IT WITH HER PLAYING MY EGO
CONVINCED ME THAT THERE AINT NO OTHER PLACE WORTH A DAMN
SHE TURNED ME INTO JUST ANOTHER FRUSTRATED NEGRO
SURROUNDED BY A BUNCH A SHIT I’M NEVER GON’ HAVE

CHORUS
YOU CAN’T HAVE NEW YORK
SHE’S A HIGH CLASS WHORE YOU CAN’T AFFORD
AND YOU WON’T LIVE ON THE PARK
NO DOORMAN TO HAIL TAXIS FOR YOU
AND YOU CAN’T HAVE NEW YORK
GON’ GET PRICED OUT OF UPTOWN IF YOU KEEP FUCKIN ‘ROUND WHAT
WHEN SHE START WINKING HER EYE
TWINKLING HER LIGHTS
THEY JUST AS BRIGHT FROM JERSEY CITY