Never be afraid to get dirty, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of contamination.

N.Y. State of Mind

Frank Sinatra sings about “New York”:

I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps.

Nas has his own take in “N.Y. State of Mind”:

I never sleep, cuz sleep is the cousin of death.
I lay puzzled as I backtrack to earlier times
Nothing’s equivalent to a New York state of mind.

It sounds so much cooler to say one’s in a New York State of Mind than to say he has insomnia.

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