What Street Compares with Mott Street in July?

Here’s another classic song about summertime in New York. Click on the place names in the lyrics to learn more:

Manhattan
Written by Rodgers and Hart
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald

Summer journeys to Niagara
And to other places aggra-
Vate all our cares.
We’ll save our fares.
I’ve a cozy little flat in
What is known as old Manhattan.
We’ll settle down
Right here in town.

We’ll have Manhattan,
The Bronx and Staten
Island too.
It’s lovely going through
The zoo.

It’s very fancy
On old Delancey
Street, you know.
The subway charms us so
When balmy breezes blow
To and fro.

And tell me what street
Compares with Mott Street
In July?
Sweet pushcarts gently gli-
Ding by.

The great big city’s a wondrous toy
Just made for a girl and boy.
We’ll turn Manhattan
Into an isle of joy.

We’ll go to Yonkers
Where true love conquers
In the whiles
And starve together, dear,
In Chiles.

We’ll go to Coney
And eat baloney
On a roll.
In Central Park we’ll stroll,
Where our first kiss we stole,
Soul to soul.

And My Fair Lady is a terrific show, they say.
We both may see it close
Someday.

The city’s glamour can never spoil
The dreams of a boy and goil.
We’ll turn Manhattan
Into an isle of joy.

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3 thoughts on “What Street Compares with Mott Street in July?

  1. junefoley says:

    Dear Jon,

    Thank you for posting this wonderful NYC song (complete with references to Mott Street and Delancy Street), sung by one of the best-ever American singers, Ella Fitzgerald.

    (A note for English-language learners: When my husband was growing up, he thought her name was Elephants Gerald!)

    Best wishes and happy summer to you and everyone at US Adult Literacy, June Foley

  2. Beautiful song! Thanks a lot for posting. Also it’s very interesting you can click on the place names she mention and learn about it.

    The song says: “In Central Park we’ll stroll, where our first kiss we stole, soul to soul.”

    I love Central Park, I live very close of this amazing and beautiful place. I invite everyone to visit it this summer one of the most famous parks in the world.

    Best regards,
    Dennis

  3. JoeS says:

    Thanks for sharing, June and Dennis

    Coney Island, which Ella mentions, is one of my favorite places in the city. Always fun things to see and do there and you can get some sun and swim in the beach!

    (For learners, the name Coney comes from a Dutch word meaning ‘rabbit’)

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