“On My Way To Harlem,” By Gregory Porter With The Metropole Orchestra (Video)

Here’s the beautiful song by the Grammy award winning vocalist Gregory Porter’s On My Way To Harlem with the Metropole Orchestra in Amsterdam.Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater praised Porter in JazzTimes, saying:

“We haven’t had a male singer like him in a long time. He’s such a wonderful writer. He’s a story teller.”

Here are the lyrics about his story about Harlem:

I found out on my way to Harlem
Ellington you don’t live ’round here
He moved away one day so they say
From Harlem
I can hear his echoes still
Now now now you can’t keep me away from where I was born
I was baptized by my daddy’s horn
now now now you can’t keep my away from where I was born
I was baptized by the jazz man’s horn
I found out on my way through Harlem
Langston Hughes he don’t live ’round here
He moved away one day from his way here in Harlem
I know that Marvin Gaye use to play right in here
Some body say you can’t keep me away from where I was born
I was baptized by my daddy’s horn
No you cant keep me away from where I was born
I was baptized to the sound of horns.
I found out on my way to Harlem
Ellington you don’t live ’round here
He moved away one day so they say
Away from Harlem
I can hear his echoes clear
OH now you can’t keep me away from where i was born
I was baptized by my daddy’s horn
Now now now now you can’t keep me away from where I was born
I was baptized by the sound of horns
Oh I found out on my way through Harlem
Marvin Gaye used to play “What’s Going On” right over there
I so could use some of those blues from Langston Hughes
Hey there goes the A train
Hey there goes the A train
Through Harlem
Hey there goes the A train
Hey there goes the A train
Hey there goes the A train

Here’s his now classic “On My Way To Harlem” and the Metropole Orchestra:


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