New York City Cops Lyrics - The Strokes

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Oh !
hahha I meant Ah !
No I didn't mean thatat all

here in the streets of American nights
Rise to the bottom of the meaning of life
Studied all the rules didn't want no part
But I let you in just to break this heart
Even though it was only one night
It was fucking strange

Nina's in the bedroom
She said time to go now
But leavin' it ain't easy
I got to let go
I got to let go
And the hours they ran slow
I said everynight she just can't stop sayin'
New York City cops
New York City cops
New York City cops
They ain't too smart
New York City cops
New York City cops
New York City cops
They ain't too smart

Well, kill me now, if I let you down
I swear it one day we're gonna leave this town
Stop----
Yes I'm leavin'
'Cause it just won't work
They act like Romans
But they dress like Turks
Sometime, in your prime
See me, I like the summertime
but, hey!

Nina's in the bedroom
She said time to go now
But leavin' it ain't easy
I got to let go
I got to let go
Oh!
Trapped in an apartment
She would not let them get her
She wrote it in a letter
Oh, I've got to come clean
The authorities they've seen
darling I'm somewhere in between
I said everynight they she can't stop sayin'
New York City cops
New York City cops
New York City cops
They ain't too smart
New York City cops
New York City cops
New York City cops
They ain't too smart






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:O | Reviewer: Bobhuu | 4/6/11

it kinda sounds like Julian is talking about a kidnapping, like if some robbers kidnapped 'Nina' and she's trapped in an apartment, and the nyc cops can't find her, so she says every night that they ain't too smart...it's a posibility that it's the real meaning of the song, isn't it?



not about 9/11 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/4/10

This song is definitely not about 9/11. There are recorded early gigs where the band played this in 2000. Also Is This It was released only a couple months after 9/11, so the thought is just ridiculous in itself. Julian said himself in an interview that he wasn't trying to insult NYC Cops, he just thought that it would be the ultimate pop hook. you can see in the lyrics that he always states that someone else says nyc cops aren't smart, not him himself

But back to 9/11, the reason NYC Cops was not a track in the US version of Is This it was because of 9/11. The record company thought it would offend people, so it was pulled off the US, yet still allowed in the UK version



New York City Cops | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/13/10

At commenter below:

Nah, in an interview the band said that they took it out because it just "didn't feel right". Not because of any particular message the song contained, besides (of course), the "new york city cops, they ain't too smart" line.



new york city cops | Reviewer: apparently.. | 8/12/09

i also heard that this is refering to the 911 attack how they didn't pick it up before it happened. "new york city cops, they aint too smart" and so when it was released the record company didn't let the strokes put it out because it would be really offensive. But wouldn't explain the Nina part, so i dont know. Maybe they were just saying that the new york city cops arn't smart, and then it was taken personally because of the time..



someone told me once... | Reviewer: donuteyes | 11/17/08

i once heard a good analysis of this song from someone. it's about a speed dealer's girlfriend. hence the lines "the hours they ran slow..." and "she said time to go now, but leaving it ain't easy." if you've done a lot of speed, you know it's hard to shut up and leave someplace. "trapped in an apartment," that's how the girl feels stuck in this crazy drug lifestyle. and of course, the cops aren't smart, or they'd catch her boyfriend. made sense to me, at the time.





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