“The Empire State” by John Anealio

April 2, 2012

Music, Pro Content

John Anealio is a song writer who is no stranger to Angry Robot, as he created the theme song to the podcast and expanded it with the help of AR author Matt Forbeck. John was a natural choice to do an Empire State song. He says, “Think of this song as a short story that takes place in the same universe as Adam Christopher’s EMPIRE STATE novel. The fabulous artwork is by Galen Dara.”




One minute I’m walking down 5th Avenue
The next I wake up in an alley
My head is pounding, there’s an orange hue
A hooded man says he’ll save me.

He places a gas mask onto my face
Tells me to take it easy
The goggles mist as my heart acclimates
But I get nervous when he says

Welcome to the Empire State
No one will ever find you
Welcome to the Empire State

We walk to the corner of Hanover Street
and climb up the stairs of the brownstone
We enter a room of New York refugees
He says he’s the Pastor of Lost Souls

We read from The Seduction of The Innocent
While the pastor waves his hatchet
He speaks with power and eloquence
But I got nervous when he says

Welcome to the Empire State
No one will ever find you
Welcome to the Empire State

I’m in New York on July 4th
I’m in New York
It’s the summertime and I’m in the city

I’m in New York on July 4th
I’m in New York
I look across the river and I see Jersey City

credits

released 02 April 2011
John Anealio: Vocals, Acoustic, Electric & Slide Guitars, Bass, Piano, Organ, Synthesizers & Drum Programming.

Joe Cunningham: Saxophone Solo

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