Safe in New York City

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"Safe in New York City"
Single by AC/DC
from the album Stiff Upper Lip
B-side "Cyberspace", "Back in Black (live)"
Released 2000
Format CD
Recorded 1999
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:59
Label Eastwest
Writer(s) Angus Young, Malcolm Young
Producer(s) George Young, AC/DC
AC/DC singles chronology
"Stiff Upper Lip"
"Safe in New York City"
"Satellite Blues"

"Safe in New York City" is a song by rock group AC/DC, from their 2000 album Stiff Upper Lip. The song, which was written by members and brothers, Angus and Malcolm Young, was released as a single on 28 February 2000.[1][2] It was co-produced by their older brother George and the band.[1] It reached No. 21 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.[3]

The video to the song, directed by Andy Morahan,[4] shows the band playing a busy tunnel in the city, surrounded by armed police officers. The promo CD single contained a live version of the song, which was recorded on the 13th of September 2000 at the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. This live version was later re-released nine years later on the box set Backtracks.

The track gained poignancy after September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Angus Young said that although originally the lyrics were meant to make fun of Rudy Giuliani's claim that he had cleaned up Manhattan: "to me New York is a city where you can never predict what's coming next." [5] The song was later included in the 2001 Clear Channel memorandum, a list of "lyrically questionable" songs.

Single track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Angus Young, Malcolm Young;[2] unless otherwise indicated. 

No. Title Length
1. "Safe in New York City" (LP Version) 3:59
2. "Cyberspace" (Non LP Track) 2:57
3. "Back in Black" (A. Young, M. Young, Brian Johnson)
(Recorded live at Plaza De Toros, Madrid)



  1. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "AC/DC – 'Safe in New York City'". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "'Safe in New York' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 14 August 2014.  Note: User may have to click 'Search again' and provide details at 'Enter a title:' e.g Safe in New York; or at 'Performer:' ACDC
  3. ^ "Awards by Stiff Upper Lip". allmusic. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  4. ^ – AC/DC – "Safe in New York City"
  5. ^ Stiff Upper Lip 2004 reissue CD booklet, pg 12

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