by DJ Bolivia
This is a remix of a song written by Jonathan Clark. The lyrics of the original song were as follows:
“When I was young, I always wanted to visit a real city. I was born in Virginia, but I didn’t grow up there. I grew up outside a small town, where I lived with my quiet family. We didn’t travel much.
When I turned seventeen, we finally got the internet at my house, and my whole life changed. I spent almost every night online, reading about places and people that I hoped I could meet someday.
It wasn’t too long after I got the internet that I started downloading music. I didn’t like the music on the radio station in my own, but there was a lot of better music that I discovered online. And one night, I discovered some music that would change my life.
I downloaded a CD of music called The Global Underground. I really liked the name. The music was all by a DJ named Danny Tenaglia. It was a show that he had played at a club in London. I loved it. I must have listened to that CD about two hundred times.
Eventually, I learned that there were more Global Underground CD’s. Dozens of them! There were DJ’s playing that kind of music in cities all over the world: San Francisco, Milan, Tokyo, Athens, Moscow, Toronto, and of course, New York.
By the time I turned twenty-two, I knew that I had to get away from home. I couldn’t stand the thought of spending the rest of my life there, with the same old boring small-town boys. My family didn’t say too much. They said that they didn’t want me to leave, but I think that they were secretly glad that I was leaving. So I took a bus and I went to New York. I felt so alone.
New York is a pretty scary place for a small town girl who’s never left home before. I didn’t understand the bus routes. I was scared to use the subway, even though people said it was safe. I felt like the buildings were closing in on me, and I wanted to go to a park, but I thought that even Central Park was dangerous.
Anyway, I got over some of my fears eventually. I found an apartment right away, although it was pretty dirty. But at least it had four locks on the door. And I found a job at a little variety store with a couple booths for people to eat at. I helped the owner stock the shelves and mop the floors. I got to know the regulars. But I still felt so alone.
One day, a couple of boys came in. We didn’t get many young people in our store. One of them was pretty cute. I overheard them talking about this club that they were going to on Saturday night, named Pacha, to see John Digweed. I couldn’t believe it. For years, I had dreamed about seeing John Digweed play!
I didn’t have much money, and I didn’t know much about the clubs yet. I thought I couldn’t afford to go out to shows, but I knew then and there that this would be my one treat to myself. This was the whole reason that I had come to New York in the first place – for the music.
When Saturday night came, I was so excited. I got there an hour before the doors even opened, because I didn’t want to miss a beat. Once I got inside, the club seemed really dark. As I walked through the club towards the dance floor, I couldn’t believe how loud the music was playing. But I kept going, and a minute later I was out on the dance floor, all alone.
That night was one of the best nights of my life. I just couldn’t stop smiling the whole time. The bass shook my entire body. The lights left me feeling blind most of the time, but I didn’t need to see anything. I just danced the entire night, and got lost in the music. People were smiling and dancing with me. It changed my life. For the first time ever, thanks to the music, I didn’t feel alone.”
Lyrics written August 5th, 2008
Copyright (2008, 2009) Jonathan Clark