I used to work with this awesome lady named Lisa. She grew up in East New York, drag racing and getting into trouble as a youth gone wild. She used to fascinate us with tales of chicken-sacrificing neighbors, but she was just as fascinated with the fact that I grew up in Colorado.
I suppose that the grass is always greener… She was a Native New Yorker through and through, but all she wanted was to have grown up somewhere else. She used to say, “Colorado, wow! Colorado. I wish I was from somewhere like Colorado, I just wish I could tell people, yeah I'm from Colorado, or Idaho, or whatever”.
This song always reminds me of her.
You grew up ridin' the subways, running with people/
Up in Harlem, down on Broadway/
You're no tramp, but you're no lady, talkin' that street talk/
You're the heart and soul of New York City”
The band, Odyssey, must have known tons of tough, street-wise girls like the ones sung about in this song. Dual lead singers (and sisters) Lillian and Louise Lopez were born in the Virgin Islands, but they were grew up in New York and were based here when they started making such marvellous disco music.