Nobody Knows Your Name (When In Rome)

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Recorded by Brett Paine Murphy@ 7TH Ave Station, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 10/9/2012

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I came alone
to a city not my own
and it’s been a real long time
since I phoned home

I live in New York City
where the streets show no pity
where the the word on the street
sings when in Rome, when in Rome

I left alone
from my city monotone
where the same old conversation
seemed to drone

oh what a pity
about that boy from OK city
who left his mama waiting
by the phone, by the phone

Towers like magnates
taxi cabs and trains
subways cars and taco trucks
nobody knows your name
from BK to the Bronx
still no one knows your name

like old woody
seems the heartland loves to yield
certain kind of kid who longs to build

And I form the stories from the books upon my shelf
penned by old wayfarers like himself
like myself

tenements and projects
bedbugs and vagabonds
hipsters and movie stars
mixing toe to toe with bums
dancing in the moonlight
with all us Bowery bums

I left alone to a city now my own
and it’s been a real long time
since I phoned home

I live in New York City
where the streets show no pity
where the the word on the street
sings when in Rome, when in Rome
when in Rome

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from City Of New York, released November 2, 2014

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jesse cohen Brooklyn, New York

Oklahoma native Jesse Cohen was born in a bungalow located on old highway 66 in his hometown of Bethany. Cohen started singing and playing guitar at the age of 11. At 13 he began writing and arranging.. After high school, Cohen studied Audio engineering and was soon producing many of Oklahoma City's most innovative bands. After a decade behind the console Cohen moved to NYC in search of his dream. ... more

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