Banks of the Hudson (Black 47)

“Banks of the Hudson” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Banks of the Hudson” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Larry Kirwan.
Tune: Larry Kirwan.


On the banks of the Hudson, my love and I lay down
Just above Forty-Second Street while the rain was pourin’ down.
When I covered her with kisses, the sparks lit up her eyes.
We made love like mad angels while the Jersey trucks rolled by.
She said, “Don’t you ever leave me. Oh, for God’s sake, don’t let me down.”
So I made her all kinds of promises how I’d always be around.
But the speed was rippin’ through my head. I’d only one thing on my mind.
So goodbye my love on Forty-Second Street. If I don’t get outta here, I’m gonna die.

On the banks of the Hudson, my love and I lay down.
Just one more midnight left to kill, then I’m out of New York town.
I could feel the Ice Man closin’ in; I could almost smell his gun.
But that twenty grand I beat him out of would help me start again back home.
And she said, “Don’t you ever leave me. Oh, for God’s sake, don’t let me down.”
Then, I thought about what they’d do to her when they found out I’d left town.
But the fire was racin’ through my brain. I’d only one thing on my mind.
So goodbye my love on Forty-Second Street. If I don’t get outta here, I’m gonna die.

Don’t say I should have stayed with her. You don’t know the full story about the girl.
I only used her just as much as she used me. But sometimes you just gotta get out of
New York City.

But on the banks of the Hudson, my love and I lay down
Just above Forty-Second Street while the rain was pourin’ down.
When I covered her with kisses, the sparks lit up her eyes.
We made love like mad angels while the Jersey trucks rolled by.
She said, “Don’t you ever leave me. Oh, for God’s sake, don’t let me down.”
But how could I ever take a black girl back to Wexford town?
Just then the streets of fire turned to blood; a yellow Cadillac cruised by.
And as I raced up Forty-Second Street, the Ice Man shouted, “Hey, Paddy, it’s time to die!”

It’s time to die.


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