Idina Menzel - A Map Of New York Lyrics

Think of each plaza, pier, and public park
How many sit there empty, lonely, dark
Think of it, for tomorrow's sake
Think of how you and I can make our mark

You and I,
we can draw a brand-new grid
Everything that you dreamed of as a kid
Give it a year, and go with me
Soon enough, you'll say "Look what we two did"

You've always had the right dream
We've always made a tight team
Now at last you're back,
exactly where you ought to be
So let's make a map of New York you and me

[New Yorker:]
Twenty-two Reade, a building, sidewalk, shade

[Another New Yorker:]
Now a memory that for Beth will never fade

And I could be planning city sites
Where memories just like this one might be made

Thirty-three Bond,
where I wrote my first book

Greenwich and Moore,
where I learend how to cook

[Young Woman:]
The Center Street courts
I intern there

The joy of this job is everywhere I look

That market was my first job

That diner was my worst job

[Those Six:]
And everywhere around me are these lives I left behind

The Tunnel where I laid rail

The co-op where I made my first sale

[All Eight:]
They make a map of New York in my mind

Put a sticker on the map where you landed that first day

Put a pin on the bridge

On the train

On J.F.K

On the street where I swore I'd afford a place some day

[Kate, Anne, Lucas, & New Yorkers:]
Ev'ry avenue and place,
ev'ry building, ev'ry face
Of the lovers and the friends,
the beginnings and the ends
Make a map of NYC,
where I've been and who I'll be
And you'll find me

And you're feeling adrift, alone, apart
Then suddenly life will somehow start
And a map of New York is written on your heart

[New Yorkers:]
On your heart
On your heart

I'm too old for all that shit
to be told I'm selling out
Then again, all these years,
did I lose what I'm about?
On the street, in the cold,
it's so hard to fight the doubt

[Beth & New Yorkers:]
Then you hear the tunnel hum
With a rain about to come
And you surface to the street
And you fall into the beat
You can trace a line to me
On that map of NYC
Right where I should be

Think of how human life will ebb and flow

[Stephen & Beth:]
People, and how they'll come and how they'll go
Remember the things we hoped and planned

Remember them, and believe them, and you'll know

[Beth & Stephen:]
We'll know

[Beth, Stephen & New Yorkers:]
We never walk a straight line
We never check a street sign

[Beth & Stephen:]
But it's in the detour that we truly find our way

[Stephen & New Yorkers:]
We always know the way home

[Beth & New Yorkers:]
As long as we can stay here we're home

And we make a map of work

[New Yorkers:]
Love and loss and life

And we make a map of play

[New Yorkers:]
We find our way

[Stephen & New Yorkers:]
And we make a map of New York ev'ry day

[New Yorker:]
Ending the night at 23rd and Third

[Another New Yorker:]
Liz and her date,
who's hanging on every word

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Idina Menzel A Map Of New York Comments
  1. gerard yatcilla

    Love this!

  2. Edgar Carrera

    I feel if I visit new York I will never want to leave

  3. Joseph Nix

    I just saw this last night... SO FREAKING GOOD

  4. Delia

    By far one of the best musicals I've ever seen in Broadway!

  5. Sundance

    1:02 "Now a memory that for Beth will never fade". What memory is he talking about? I've always wondered...


    22 Reade Street is the NYC Department of City Planning; presumably where Beth accepted Stephen's job offer.


    @paulturtle92 Thanks, I thought that too but I wasn't sure :) 

  6. Sundance

    I'm from Italy but I feel NYC is where I ought to be ♥ 
    Love this song!

  7. Priya Sridhar

    I find this song very bittersweet. On one hand Stephan is encouraging Beth to remap New York because he knows she can do a good job, but on the other hand he's also stringing hers and his wife's feelings. Lots of grey area here.

  8. Sydride98

    Can't wait to go and make my own map of New York over spring break :-)

    Sunamer Z

    You've got only 2-3 months left to plan everything then ;)


    @Anton Zuykov I'm going with my school's choir so I'm good on that front :) I don't get to see everything I want to see, but I get to see most of it. Plus, I get the performance opportunity of a lifetime! :-D

  9. Sophie8156

    Thank you so much!

    Megan N

    You're very welcome! :)