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I would love to be the lucky one on Chill Avenue
Who would keep your heart warm when ice has turned it blue
But begging sleeping losers, as they turn in for the night
I'm looking back for home and I can see the light

I should be jumping, shouting that I made it all this way
From Camden Town Station to 44th and 8th
Not many make it this far, and many say we're great
But just like them we walk on, we can't escape our fate

Can't you hear the sighing
Eastside Jimmy and Southside Sue
Both say they needed something new

So I'm standing at the gates of the west
I burn money at the lights of the sign
The city casts a shadow
Of the perfect crime

I'm standing at the gates of the east
I take my pulse and the pulse of my friend
The city casts a shadow
Will I see you again?

The immigrants and remnants of all the glory years
Are clustered 'round the bar again for another round of beers
Little Richard's in the kitchen, playing spoons and plates
He's telling the waitress he's great

I say I know somewhere back 'n' forth in time
Out on the dustbowls, deep in the roulette mine
Or in a ghetto cellar, only yesterday
There's a move into the future: the USA!

So I'm standing at the gates of the west
I burn money at the light of the sign
The city casts a shadow
Of the perfect crime

Standing at the gates of the east
I take my pulse and the pulse of my friend
The city casts a shadow
Will I see you again?

I'm standing at the gates of the west
In the shadow again
In the shadow again

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