Since 1997, with a one-year hiatus in 2010, the song “New York, New York” has been performed as the field for the Belmont Stakes makes its way to the starting gate. Composed by John Kander, with lyrics by Fred Ebb, it is the theme song from the 1977 Martin Scorcese film “New York, New York.” The song did not become a popular hit until it was sung in concert by Frank Sinatra in October, 1978. Sinatra then recorded it for his album “Trilogy: Past Present Future,” and it has been associated with him ever since.  In 2010, "Empire State of Mind" was performed and prior to 1997, “Sidewalks of New York” was performed.

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Frank SinatraNew York, New York


Start spreadin' the news, I'm leavin' today
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York
These vagabond shoes are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it, New York, New York
 
I wanna wake up in a city that doesn't sleep
And find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap
 
These little town blues are melting away
I'll make a brand new start of it, in old New York
If I can make it there, I'll make it   anywhere
It's up to you , New York, New York…
 
…New York, New York
I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps
And find I'm A-number-one, top of the list,
King of the hill, A-number-one
 
These little town blues are melting away
I'm gonna make a brand new start of it in old New York
A-a-a-nd if I can make it there, I'm gonna make it anywhere
It's up to you, New York, New York!