New York City SerenadeNew York City Serenade
is the seventh and last song off The Wild, the Innocent and the E-Street Shuffle
, the second album from Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band
. It makes less coherent sense than the earlier songs. The first verse concerns "Billy" and "Diamond
Jackie," who are "gonna boogaloo down Broadway
and come back home with the loot." The second verse is about a "fish
lady" who "baits them tenement walls" and "won't take corner boys" because they "ain't got no money
." The singer invites her come with him "down Broadway" and "shake away your street life/shake away your city
life," and "hook up to the train
;" she, however, "won't take the train" because "she's afraid them tracks are gonna slow her down/and when she turns, this boy'll be gone." The third verse is a plea directed towards the "jazz
man" who is asked to "play me your serenade" and advised to "save your notes, don't spend 'em on the blues
boy/Save your notes, don't spend 'em on the darlin' yearlin' sharp boy."
"Billy he's down by the railroad tracks"