Jim Croce – New York’s Not My Home (Live)

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Well things were spinnin’ round me and all my thoughts were cloudy and I had begun to doubt all the things that were me Been in so many places you know I’ve run so many races and looked into the empty faces of the people of the night and something is just not right And I know that I gotta get out of here I’m so alone Don’t you know that I gotta get out of here cause New York’s not my home Though all the streets are crowded there’s something strange about it I lived there ’bout a year and I never once felt at home I thought I’d make the big time I learned a lot of lessons awful quick and now I’m tellin’ you that they were not the nice kind and it’s been so long since I have felt fine That’s the reason that I gotta get out of here I’m so alone Don’t you know that I gotta get out of here cause New York’s not my home That’s the reason that I gotta get out of here I’m so alone Don’t you know that I gotta get out of here cause New York’s not my home

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  1. 好美的旋律但是很哀傷…
    謝謝你把這樣的心情唱出來 安慰所有在異鄉的遊子

  2. Jim, Maury and the songs they ARE America. Imagine how great it would be to travel around the U.S. and write songs about its places and people for a life time. THAT would truly be living. Jim did that and he was so lucky. Loving Living and moving on….

  3. i was born in 86 and dammit i missed out on everything that means anything to me… MUSIC IS MY WORLD, IM AFRAID ALL I CAN DO IS LOOK BACK! my dad got me on jim croce at a young age and i am much thankful classic rock has made me a better youth. im not afraid to express the soft sides of life!

  4. I have always thought this–The guy with him is PERFECT for harmonizing and picking too. Notice he never tries to sing over him, but he's a really terrific musician. Generous and always right there with him. Really he too could have been and up and coming singer songwriter. Or maybe lead singing was not for him, it isn't for everyone, but the tracks are much richer for him having doing the duets.

  5. DAMN! Love the story, love the harmony… but Croce and Muehleisen were KILLING the guitar work on this one. Awesome!

  6. The day I arrived in New York, aged 41, I felt at home…I left before we felt out of love, but, as a Londoner, I understand the 'big city, lonely place' feeling…

  7. Well, things were spinning round me
    And all my thoughts were cloudy
    And I had begun to doubt all the things that were me

    Been in so many places
    You know I've run so many races
    And looked into the empty faces of the people of the night
    And something is just not right

    Cause I know that I gotta get out of here
    I'm so alone
    Don't you know that I gotta get out of here
    Cause, New York's not my home

    Though all the streets are crowded
    There's something strange about it
    I lived there about a year and I never once felt at home

    I thought I'd make the big time
    I learned a lot of lessons awful quick
    And now I'm telling you
    That they were not the nice kind

    And it's been so long since I have felt fine

    That's the reason that I gotta get out of here
    I'm so alone
    Don't you know that I gotta get out of here
    Cause New York's not my home

    That's the reason that I gotta get out of here
    I'm so alone
    Don't you know that I gotta get out of here
    Cause New York's not my home

  8. rip jim croce to this day you touch people with ur music Jim Croce gotten me through so many bad times throughout my life

  9. Brilliant and beautiful guitar playing. Maury's solo work is SPOT ON here. These two weren't just guitar players. They were guitarISTS!

  10. A friend sent me to this song. I've been drowning in a sea of loneliness and apathy here in The Big Apple. Gods, I miss the night sky

  11. From Ingrid Croce on Facebook: 
    Jim was distraught by his failure in the music industry. A tempest of despair surrounded him as we packed our things. With his adrenaline pumping, he carried our air conditioner down seventeen flights of stairs. Attempted to vent his anger by throwing the heavy weapon on the landlord’s front step, sadly he missed, and with his toe throbbing, his back aching and all our possessions piled high on the truck, he performed his final act of defeat. He heaved his bicycle up on top of our belongings only to have it reverse direction and plummet down, catching his ear in the spokes of a wheel. This was not a good day. As the blood was coagulating on Jim’s ear and tears of pain were welling up in his big brown eyes, our friend Gene Pistilli wished us luck and hugged us good-bye. We drove the rental truck with our old red Saab in tow. Without enough money to pay the toll to New Jersey, I threw a handful of pennies in the basket and Jim drove like a bat out of hell across the border. We felt like fugitives in our own land. Once we reached the HoJo on the other side of the bridge, I looked back at the imposing skyline. It as majestic all right, but it had never felt like home.
    When our success in the music business seemed unattainable, we moved to the countryside in Pennsylvania and opened our home and hearts to our new community. Here we played our music just for fun. For one hundred dollars a month, which included all the flowers and vegetables our kind landlords allowed us to “rescue,” we rented a three-room “smokehouse” apartment in an old farmhouse in Lyndell, Pennsylvania. Here Jim actually wrote “New York’s Not My Home,” and slowly we let go of our disappointment and found us a home.

  12. This man's music puts me in touch with my emotions,sad,happy,whatever it is at the time,if I listen to him it just amplifies it 100%,
    I love this man's music,this is what music from today is missing!

  13. Jim is buried at Haym Solomon Memorial Park in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Great songs! For all of us who have lost loved ones. Life goes that fast and we will see them again that soon!
    Hello type in "Ron Howard Palace" listen to Opie sing "Lady"! Also type "Ron Howard cover" listen to "The Dance"!

  14. LOVE Jim Croce. But can't help but wonder if he really lived in NYC for a year and hated it more than everywhere else he lived. Or if this is the obligatory "Fuck New York" country song.

  15. I was so happy when I learned how to play this song on the guitar note for note! I can also play his greatest hits! Jeff Arnold, Maysville, MO.

  16. He has such a kind face. His music of course is unquestionably delicious. I grew up on Jim Croce and still reverberate in empathy to his songs. Still some of my favourites

  17. Jim is buried at Haym Solomon Memorial Park in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Great songs! For all of us who have lost loved ones. Life goes that fast and we will see them again that soon!
    R.I.P. Jim and Maury.

    Hello type in "Ron Howard Palace" listen to Opie sing "Lady"! Also type "Ron Howard cover" listen to "The Dance"!

  18. I'm now the age my father was when he first introduced me to Jim Croce's music. Something inside me gets very quiet now when I listen.

  19. Jim Croce songs have been bringing a tear to this man's eyes about 50 years now. I'm glad I was born during the greatest time for music singer/songwriters.

  20. Masterful.I have felt that way I was forced to live in a major city up North as a teenager. I thought I was the only one that felt this song like that. It's perfectly done.

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