The Sidewalks of New York

  • The Sidewalks of New York is a classic song about the biggest city in New York State.
    It's also one of the biggest cities in the world!

    - New York City is called New York, New York.
    - We live in Buffalo, New York
    - "NY" is the abbreviation for "New York"

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    The Sidewalks of New York
    by James Blake and Charles Lawler, 1894

    East side, West side,
    All around the town,
    The tots sang 'Ring-a-Rosie',
    'London Bridge is falling down!
    Boys and girls together,
    Me and Mamie O'Rorke,
    Tripped the light fantastic
    On the sidewalks of New York.

    Verse 1

    Down in front of Casey's,
    Old brown wooden stoop,
    On a summer's evening, 
    We formed a merry group;
    Boys and girls together,
    We would sing and waltz,
    While the "Ginnie" played the organ
    On the sidewalks of New York.

    Repeat the Chorus after each verse

    VERSE 2

    That's where Johnny Casey,
    And little Jimmy Crowe,
    With Jakey Krause the baker,
    Who always had the dough,
    Pretty Nellie Shannon,
    With a dude as light as cork,
    First picked up the waltz step
    On the sidewalks of New York.

    VERSE 3

    Things have changed since those times,
    And some are up in "G,"
    Others are wand'rers.
    But all feel just like me,
    They would part with all they've got,
    Could they but once more walk,
    With their best girl and have a twirl,
    On the Sidewalks of New York.