New York Doesn't Remind Me

by Shayfer James

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about

“New York Doesn’t Remind Me” is about falling in and out of love and how lovers past so often haunt us and the places we experience with them. The places I describe in the song are all actual spots where my own love affair blossomed and declined in New York City, making this song deeply personal to me. Writing it was sort of like drawing a memory map and an exercise in letting myself feel and letting go.

lyrics

New York Doesn’t Remind Me Of You

Unless I been drinkin alone

Or if I’m with some other gal

On the subway ride home

New York Doesn’t Remind me of you



I never think of that

Polk-a dot dress

At the corner of Bowery and 3rd

I don’t remember those photo booth pictures

We threw in the river

When they wouldn’t burn

New York Doesn’t Remind me of you

Unless I been drinkin alone



New York Doesn’t Remind me of you

Or all of the ways that we tried

Unless I get caught in the rain

On the lower east side

New York Doesn’t Remind me of you

I don’t remember that letter

You slipped in my pocket

At St. Dymphna’s Bar

I never think of how tunnels and bridges

Could make someone

So goddamn close feel so far

New York Doesn’t Remind me of you

Or all of the ways that we tried



New York Doesn’t Remind me of you

Or how you said love doesn’t last

Unless I’m in Chinatown

Chasing the ghost of your laugh

New York Doesn’t Remind me of you

I never think about pocket watch promises

Down at the 66th pier

I don’t remember that cobblestone waltz

This is nobody’s fault

God I wish you were here

New York Doesn’t Remind me of you

Or how you said love doesn’t last



I don’t remember

the way the way that you looked at me

Brooklyn is blurry and Grammercy’s gone

The smell of the books at The Strand

And that night on Randall’s Island

Oh baby where’d we go wrong



New York Doesn’t Remind me of you

Unless I been

Unless I been

Drinkin Alone

credits

released July 12, 2019
Produced, engineered, mixed and arranged by Jeremy Gillespie
Mastering: Kim Rosen for Knack Mastering

Vocals, Piano: Shayfer James
Guitar, bass, drums/percussion: Jeremy Gillespie
Cello: Colette Alexander

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