John with a samurai sword. A woman, and also a man that passed. Not sure who they are, but a catchy tune. Lyrics were Beatlesque at times, which I appreciated.
I’m thinking “John with his samarai sword” is John Belushi. Not sure if he lived on Morton St., but I have a picture in my mind of him walking home from an SNL taping early Sunday morning wearing his Samarai costume.
Lovely song. Brought tears to my eyes. So many memories but before John Belushi’s time and well before the big blackout.
Lived on Morton Street eight years in the 90s when the street was still a wonderful mix of old Italians, artists, students, gays, and people new to the city like myself. Wonderful memories.
Not sure about Morton, but Belushi did live on Bleecker between Perry and 11th. Marlon Brando and Wally Cox lived at 55 Morton.
We are current Morton Street residents and, yes, it is an amazing street filled with a rich and compelling history. We actually live in the building which is referenced (and immortalized) by the Rosenbergs. Although the West Village and Morton Street have changed over the decades, it is still an amazing place to call home. We are truly blessed with lovely neighbors. Thank you for the song and the sentiments it recalls.
Beautiful voice! Thank you for this great ode to Morton St.
No Elliott Gould?? That’s who sold his house to Belushi. Well, he’s not dead so I guess not a ghost…., Eve Shopsin then
Patricia’s Ripley is Patricia Highsmith who wrote the Ripley books and other mysteries based in the area in the 1950′s.
The Pink Teacup moved on to Morton Street from its original Bleecker location, and stayed there a good long time before the lights went out.
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No Brodsky mention, alas… (44 Morton – http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2011/07/a-museum-for-joseph-brodsky.html )