Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 20 Greatest NYC Songs — #18

Leaving New York by R.E.M.

03 Leaving New YorkMichael Stipe’s deeply felt love letter to the metropolis is best appreciated by the outsider who must always face the specter of going home. Inspired at New York’s airports, and the wave goodbye to his second home, Stipe laments the pain of keeping a piece of the city that has changed him in his heart, even as he turns away from it.

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