The Snows Of New York



I can see you now by the light of the dawn,
And the sun is rising slow,
We have talked all night, and I can't talk anymore,
But I must stay and you must go;

You have always been such a good friend to me,
Through the thunder and the rain,
And when you're feeling lost in the snows of New York,
Lift your heart and think of me;

There are those who fail, there are those who fall,
There are those who will never win,
Then there are those who fight for the things they believe,
And these are men like you and me;

In my dream we walked, you and I to the shore,
Leaving footprints by the sea,
And when there was just one set of prints in the sand,
That was when you carried me;

You have always been such a good friend to me,
Through the thunder and the rain,
And when you're feeling lost in the snows of New York,
Lift your heart and think of me;

When you're feeling lost in the snows of New York,
Lift your heart and think of me,
Lift your heart and think of me.
"This is another collaborative song, with Albert Hammond again, and we were talking in my little studio about writing a big ballad, and I said 'What about this?' I came up with this melody straight away, the whole thing, bang, in one gush. I said 'It really reminds me of something Celtic...' It was like a Celtic thing, but we kind of stopped right there, and we didn't discuss it any further. I couldn't come up with a lyric. But then I went back to the Celtic vibe, and what the song is actually about is two friends in Ireland - probably the West of Ireland - and one of them has decided to leave, the other has decided to stay. They've been talking all night - the verse goes 'You've always been such a good friend to me, through the thunder and the rain, and when you're feeling lost in the snows of New York, lift your heart and think of me.' So, he's just saying to his friend 'In the tough times when you're in New York, just think of me back here in Ireland because we have this bond of friendship forever.' There's another line 'In my dream we walked, you and I, to the shore, leaving footprints by the sea. And where there was just one set of prints in the sand, that was when you carried me.' No, it's not based on a friendship of mine, but it's a good track."
The Getaway Gazette, April '94
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