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​Ugly Manhattan

This song is by Rheostatics and appears on the album The Nightlines Sessions (1998).

Martin Tielli

In the early morning, in ugly Manhattan,
Cars slow down and jam then slowly crawl away.
Up and down the avenue, ticker tape and revenue.
I am just an arty, so I write a poem.

In the peak of daytime, in sprawling Manhattan,
I walk along Wall Street, but Wall Street stays the same.
Up and down the avenue, ticker tape around you.
I am a stockbroker so I stand on top of things.

I am musician. People think I'm groovy
Because I saw a movie and think that I'm in it.
Up and down the avenue, Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed, too.
The joke's not just on you, it's also on them, too.