New York City Cops

by The Strokes

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Lyrics for New York City Cops by The Strokes:

Intro
Ow! Haha, I meant, ah!
Haha, no, I didn't mean that at all
Ooh, ooh, ooh

Verse 1
Here in the streets so mechanized
Rise to the bottom of the meaning of life
Studied all the rules and didn't want no part
But I let you in just to break this heart
Even though it was only one night
It was fucking strange

Pre-Chorus
Nina's in the bedroom, she said, "Time to go now"
But leavin' it ain't easy, I got to let go, oh, I got to let go
And the hours they ran slow
I said, every night, she just can't stop saying

Chorus
New York City cops, New York City cops
New York City cops, but they ain't too smart
New York City cops, New York City cops
New York City cops, but they ain't too smart

Instrumental Bridge

Verse 2
Well, kill me now 'cause I let you down
I swear one day I'm gonna leave this town
Stop
Yes, I'm leaving, 'cause it just won't work
And they act like Romans, but they dress like Turks
Some time in your prime, see me, I like the summertime but, hey

Pre-Chorus
Nina's in the bedroom, she said, "Time to go now"
But leaving, it ain't easy, oh, I got to let go, oh, I got to let go, oh
Trapped in an apartment, she would not let them get her
She wrote it in a letter, I got to come clean
The authorities they've seen, darling, I'm somewhere in between
I said, every night, she just can't stop saying

Chorus
New York City cops, New York City cops
New York City cops, but they ain't too smart
New York City cops, New York City cops
New York City cops, but they ain't too smart

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Song Facts

“New York City Cops” is a fast-paced, punk blaster from The Strokes' debut album, Is This It. It departs stylistically from the rest of the more slowed down, almost apathetic feeling in songs such as the title track, “Someday,” and “Last Nite.” Instead, it travels through a Ramones-influenced, simpler style. Note that the Strokes eventually recorded a mash-up of some Ramones songs, as a b-side for the single Heart In A Cage:

“New York CIty Cops” was the B-side on the Hard To Explain single released in June 2001, and was included on the UK version of Is This It and the American vinyl pressings of the album, which were both released in August 2001, but when New York suffered the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, it was thought of an inappropriate subject to include on the album, due to the death of police officers in rescue missions. As a result, the song was replaced with the track “When It Started,” which delayed the American release from September 25th until mid October.

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