New New York

Artist : The Cranberries
Released on : Stars (Track #19)
Length : 4:09

LYRICS

New, new, new, a-a-a-ah
New, new, new, a-a-a-ah
New New York skyline, wounds they heal in time
Don’t crawl and don’t despair, it’s a new New York today
A-a-ah, a-a-ah

I look across these city streets, my heart is numb it still beats
Nothing to say-y, there’s nothing to say-y
I look across this empty room, my heart is still in bloom
There’s nothing to say-y, I only can pray-y

New, new, new, a-a-a-ah
New, new, new, a-a-a-ah
New New York skyline, wounds they heal in time
Don’t crawl and don’t despair, it’s a new New York today
A-a-ah, a-a-ah

I look across these city streets, my heart is cold it beats
Thirtieth of May, Ground Zero today

New, new, new, a-a-a-ah
New, new, new, a-a-a-ah

‘Down on my knees and pray for the heroes of the day
And no comfort I can find for the loved ones left behind
A-a-a-a-ah, a-a-ah

They won’t tear us apaa-a-art, they won’t tear us apa-a-art
They won’t tear us apaa-a-art, they won’t tear us apart
No way, new day, new day
A-a-a-a-a-a-ah…

CREDIT INFORMATION

Music by Noel Hogan & Dolores O’Riordan
Lyrics by Dolores O’Riordan
Produced by Stephen Street
Engineered by Cenzo Townsend
Recorded at the Criteria Hit Factory Studios, Miami, Florida (USA) – June 3rd to 6th 2002
Published by Copyright Control, Ltd

MEANING

In an interview given in 2002, Dolores answered the question “In Stars there are two new songs: one is New New York, clearly in regard to September 11. Don’t you think you are just one of the people that wrote and sang about it?” by: “I don’t care about what the others do. I just do what I like and what is going throuth my mind.” She added: “I was in New York when I wrote that song and I wrote just the one thing that made sense for me. […] Yes of course [I’m worried about the possibility of a war in Irak]. I think that the situation could just get worse not better: bombs are never the best way to achieve something good. Instead they are just used to start something wicked! History says this, not myself.”

“New New York is related with New York’s new silhouette like its name. The World Trade Center was ruined for nothing and many people were killed. Being human, it was impossible to accept it. In addition, the US government accepted it as a reason for war and resorted to violence for such severity. Everything will be worse. We have doubts. We loved New York. Last spring we visited the city and we saw that New York was not the same New York as before.” Fergal, 2002.

“We understand what actually happened to New York because we had the same terrorism in our country.” Noel, 2002.

“It was very difficult to bring this song out, it took months to get the right tone, but before the image of a devastated New York, Dolores tried something, she presented it to us and we liked it.” Fergal, Mike or Noel 2002.

“I saw New York after the towers collapsed. I have been there for the first time in May 2002, when the pain in people’s hearts had changed into a hope for rebirth. Everything in this song is about that new New York : this suffering which gendered so much energy.” Dolores, 2002.

NOTES

  • The song was recorded in Miami on June 3rd to 6th, 2002 during a break in the American Tour.
  • New New York was played live for the first at L’Olympia in Paris (France) on October 16th, 2002.

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