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#1 OFFLINE   SitarHero

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:00 PM

Thirty blocks to Fordham Road
Past a bad neighborhood
Crack house on the corner
I know I shouldn't do what it is I could

A stone Mary in the garden
She let me know she watchin'
And she said I better get walkin'
I better walk away

I don't know why it is that I wanna stay
I don't know what it is that makes me feel this way
But I'm not gonna do what I hear me say
I'm just gonna walk, I'm gonna walk away

I catch a dollar in the wind and I
Buy a cup of coffee
There's a place on Valentine
That still charge ninety cent

I keep on walking in the daytime
And in my eyes, it's always nighttime
And I like it when it's midnight
'Cause that's when all the stars come out

I don't know why it is that I wanna stay
I don't know what it is that makes me feel this way
But I'm not gonna do what I hear me say
I'm just gonna walk, I'm gonna walk away

It is the grea-, this is the greatest day (x2)

I'm not gonna do what I hear me say
I'm just gonna walk, I'm gonna walk away
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:05 PM

I don't know why, I just love these lyrics...

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:05 PM

Past a bad neighborhood (I thought she said black neighborhood when I first listened and was about 2 blow)
Crack house on the corner

I saw Mary in the garden

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:06 PM

Past a bad neighborhood (I thought she said black neighborhood when I first listened and was about 2 blow)
Crack house on the corner

I saw Mary in the garden


Lemme reevaluate, I sincerely hope she sings "crack house" in such a beautiful song :flutter:

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:09 PM

TPD, I'm SURE there's "st" sound in the Mary line. I'd believe crack house, but phonetically it sounds like an "ay" sound--which, yeah, she does in her country accent.

I also think I hear the "th" for "that's", but I'd bet on "past".

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:15 PM

TPD, I'm SURE there's "st" sound in the Mary line. I'd believe crack house, but phonetically it sounds like an "ay" sound--which, yeah, she does in her country accent.

I also think I hear the "th" for "that's", but I'd bet on "past".


i listened again and i do too.. almost sounds like 'stoned mary in the garden' lmao wtf

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:22 PM

Gonna listen to it ;'))!!

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:27 PM

Stone Mary makes the most sense IMO.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:34 PM

On first listen I thought it was "they stoned Mary in the garden" too! But I'm sure it's "stone Mary in the garden" -- like a visitation.

And, "Past a bad neighborhood, Crack house on the corner"

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:14 PM

Imagining, like, a statue of the Virgin Mary...I guess that could make sense. I'm going to definitively change it to "past" and "crack house"--without crack house, the song actually doesn't seem to have much of a meaning beyond serious ambiguity and buying coffee. But those two words suddenly make it dark.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:59 PM

I keep on walking in the daytime
And in my eyes, it's away, it's nighttime
And I like it when it's midnight
'Cause that's when all the stars come out

I keep on walking in the daytime, and in my eyes it’s always night time,
And I like it when it’s midnight,
‘Cause that’s when all the stars come out.


One of my favorites. <3

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:15 PM

I love, love, love this song so much because I feel really personally connected to it. I grew up near Fordham Road, so I can offer my take on the geography, at least. I'm almost certain the "bad neighborhood" she's talking about is on one side of Fordham, which you would have to pass through if you were walking up to Fordham Road from downtown (Harlem/South Bronx). The other side, going uptown, is a decent neighborhood. In the vicinity is a Catholic girls' high school, which has a stone statue of the Virgin Mary on a rocky hill in their garden, which is in clear view as you walk past. Valentine refers to Valentine Avenue, which is a cross street in the neighborhood. Depending on which route you took, you'd have to pass the statue in order to walk up to Valentine Av. I hope all that made sense!
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:49 PM

I keep on walking in the daytime, and in my eyes it’s always night time,
And I like it when it’s midnight,
‘Cause that’s when all the stars come out.


One of my favorites. <3


Oh, thanks. I was really fixated on hearing "it's nighttime", but that's likely just her accent.

I love, love, love this song so much because I feel really personally connected to it. I grew up near Fordham Road, so I can offer my take on the geography, at least. I'm almost certain the "bad neighborhood" she's talking about is on one side of Fordham, which you would have to pass through if you were walking up to Fordham Road from downtown (Harlem/South Bronx). The other side, going uptown, is a decent neighborhood. In the vicinity is a Catholic girls' high school, which has a stone statue of the Virgin Mary on a rocky hill in their garden, which is in clear view as you walk past. Valentine refers to Valentine Avenue, which is a cross street in the neighborhood. Depending on which route you took, you'd have to pass the statue in order to walk up to Valentine Av. I hope all that made sense!


Wow, thanks for that insight! Really cool to hear.
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:06 AM

^My pleasure! I was literally on edge for months waiting for this song to leak and I was so happy it finally did. I think it's a really good indicator of where she was in 2007/2008. I can picture her walking around the neighborhood coming up with the lyrics.
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Posted 28 August 2014 - 11:28 PM

Was near Fordham last week, oh my! It's a pretty bad neighborhood....... did not feel safe at all. If you live in NY don't u dare go near E 180 st lol 


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Posted 29 August 2014 - 10:47 PM

I'm quickly falling in love with this song  :heart:


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Posted 27 June 2018 - 04:24 AM

this song always makes cry. Never suffered from addiction but I can feel the pain and effort in her voice 😓
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