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# Debut Chart
50 Mar '73 Hot 100
13 Mar '73 R&B

Lyrics

I was born in New York City on a Monday I was out shining shoes By Tuesday noon All the bad cats in the bad hats Doing me a real big favor Got the bad cats in the bad hats Laying it on real good Here's a dime, boy Gimme a shine, boy When the cold wind comes It lives in New York City And the street's no place to be But there you are So you try hard or you die hard No one really gives a good damn You try hard and you die hard Nobody gives a damn Here's a dime, boy Gimme a shine, boy


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Down and out in New York City Ain't nowhere to be Where can you do when you're Down and out in New York City Never, never, never Gonna get that way again No, no, no, no, no, not me When you need a friend Need to have a When you want a friend Gonna get myself together In the morning Gonna leave it all I want that dream All the bad cats in the bad hats Doing me a real big favor Got the bad cats in the bad hats Laying it on real good Here's a dime, boy Gimme a shine, boy Gimme a shine, boy Gimme a shine, hey Down and out in New York City Ain't nowhere to be Where can you do when you're Down and out in New York City Said I'm never, never, never Gonna get that way again No, no, no, no, not me When you need a friend Troubled mind When you need a friend Got a troubled mind Ain't nobody gonna Give you one thin dime Friends can be cruel sometimes Can be sweet but what What bugs a man, what hurts a man Is when you give him a drink Just can't get nothing to eat That's New York City That's New York City New York City One-hundred and twenty-five street The bricks, Eight Avenue

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