"The Lower East Side is the epicenter of songwriting history in the 20th Century," says Stephin Merritt in the 69 Love Songs booklet. Which is why he lives and works there. Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, many Tin Pan Alley writers, and (more recently) John Zorn have all come from the Lower East Side, an area of Manhattan that was popular with many immigrant populations, especially Jewish radicals, early in the century.
The song has been covered by Norwegian duo, the Kings of Convenience, though their version is not on general release.
- [Lyrics and guitar tab] from stephinsongs web site.