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Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice)


Now lightning strikes in old New York

It may be dark but I wanna talk

It might rain, it might snow

Too many things I got to know

If this is spring than it's time to sing

Never mind the l'il birdies wing

Look out, look out, old New York

New York's coming an' New York talks

Hey! Strike! Not once...

Strike! But twice!


Get out your money - peel a slab

Roll some notes an' hail a cab

Drive in church drive in back

Drive down Seventh in a tank

Take in the sights, feel the breeze

See New York's one and only tree

It can be found in Garbage park

But don't inspect it after dark

Strike! New York! Lightning!

Not once but twice.


Accidental hike in the transit strike

Roller skate or ride a bike

Three to a car, Brooklyn Bridge

You won't get far if you're privileged

Graffiti Jack sprays in black

An Englishman can he read it back?

Deli Joe he ought to know

He runs the gang on Pastrami Row

Strike! Lightning strike!


Because glass to glass, street to street

Buildings touch St. Peter's feet

>From car to bar, prez to shah

Everything is in the jar

The 4 winds blow cos the 4 winds know

Takes a special hustle to make a roll

Honey girl on her feet

I wish everything to make her sweet

Strike! Twice! OK so roll!

>From Harlem! Strike one!


Harlem slum to penthouse block

On every door I already knocked

There wasn't anybody that I didn't leave alone

Somebody lying under every stone

Everything that a man could need

In a bag down by my knee

That looks good, this ain't got seeds

Cheaper than booze down in the bowery

Lightning strike! Old New York!

Everything's light! Strike!


Hey ho such a night

I'll see y'all when the lightning strike

A poloroid caught in the act

You're married too and that's a fact

But I won't peek and I won't squeek

Down by the trucks on Christopher Street

It's Cuban Day - Oi Vey

Chinese New Year let's call it a day

Tootsie! Hey Chi man!

That melody is Puerto Rican

He Chi man is what he's speaking

An' there's the road down into London Town

Where many cars get broken down

It's the Westway from Ladbroke Grove

Runs down to Old Hounslow

Just thought I'd mention the new extention

That run's down the 59th street intersection

Did you hear the news y'all?

London Town on the Broadway!

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