A List of Musicians' References to Westchester County in Song Lyrics



Pick your big city—Chicago, New York, San Francisco. These places have nothing on our county when it comes to song lyrics. Musicians of all stripes have been inspired to include lines with Westchester references in them. Here’s a list that will keep you busy on iTunes for quite a while.

■  “Coming From” by DMX featuring Mary J. Blige
“Yonkers is where we grew / Trials we got through / On top is where we staying.”

■  “Doin It Well” by Nicki Minaj featuring Jadakiss
“Doin’ it and doin’ it and doin’ it well / I represent Queens, he was raised down in Yonkers.”

■  “Do It” by Beastie Boys
“I’m the kung fu master versus the sumo wrestler / Got the beats in Manhattan you can hear in Westchester.”

■  “Faded” by Lil’ Kim featuring Red Café, Rick Ross
“Middle finger up, I don’t got a conscience / I just go hard like the trio from Yonkers.”

■  “Favorite Flavor” by LL Cool J featuring Mary J. Blige
“They call me big L-ly Wonka from Compton to Yonkers / Them Chi-Town steppers and them A-Town stompers.”

■  “Hey Nineteen” by Steely Dan
“Sweet things from Boston, so young and willing / Moved down to Scarsdale, and where the hell am I?”

■  “If You Knew Susie” by Dean Martin
“We went riding, she didn’t balk / Back from Yonkers / I’m the one that had to walk.”

■  “Katonah” by Rufus Wainwright
“I’m going to Katonah to bury Jack Johnson / And give his poor mama a moment’s distraction / I once took the Taconic when I was a teenager / Down to Katonah, to see her and her young son.”

■  “Little Red Light” by Fountains of Wayne
“Sitting in traffic on the Tappan Zee / Fifty million people out in front of me / Trying to cross the water but it just might be a while / Rain’s coming down, I can’t see a thing.”

■  “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” from Hello, Dolly! by Jerry Herman
“Out there / There’s a world outside of Yonkers / Way out there beyond this hick town.”

■  “Tango: Maureen” from Rent by Jonathan Larson
“Where’d you learn to tango? / With the French Ambassador’s daughter in her dorm room at Miss Porter’s. And you? / The rabbi’s daughter at the Scarsdale Jewish Community Center.”

■  “The Sha-la Bandit” by The Supremes
“Girls, beware of the bandit / From Westchester County / I can’t offer you no reward / All he left me was a broken heart.”

■  “The World Is Yours” by Nas
“To everybody in Brooklyn / Y’all know the world is yours / It’s yours! / The world is yours / Everybody in Mount Vernon, the world is yours / It’s yours! / Long Island, the world is yours / It’s yours!” 

■  “Welcome To D-Block” by Jadakiss
“It’s D-Block, the part of Yonkers where I wouldn’t be caught / Without two pistols on me that’ll be cocked in each pocket.”

■  “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” by Tracy Jordan as featured on 30 Rock
“We had a reception at the Larchmont Country Club / They served a real nice brisket and an eight-foot party sub / I danced with my cousins, I got money from my folks / We had a lot of fun making circumcision jokes.”

■  “Westchester County” by Loudon Wainwright III
“I was raised here in Westchester County / Tennis courts, golf courses galore / By the country club pool at the Country Day School / I learned manners, oh so much more.”

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