Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends (3:43)

Cover of Pleasures Of The Harbor

From Pleasures Of The Harbor and 17 other releases

The first verse is a commentary on the murder of Kitty Genovese. She was murdered March 14th, 1964 in NYC. Dave Marulli supplies the following about this incident:

On March 13, 1964, a 28 year old New York City woman gained world-wide recognition for her role in an event which even today is remembered by people everywhere, creating a legacy still held up as an example of American values, or lack thereof. There can be no doubt, however, that Kitty Genovese would have given all her worldly possessions to have avoided the global “fame” acquired on that Friday the 13th that gave to her the ultimate horror associated with this symbol of bad luck. Even though 47,000 New York City residents have been murdered since, hers remains the most tragic because 38 “citizens” awakened by her cries for help watched as she was assaulted not once, but three times over a half hour period. Not only did they fail to come to her aid, they also failed to call the police for help. Vincent Mosely, her assailant, stabbed her several times, then left, only to return a few minutes later to cut her up a little more.

During his brief absence, these “decent” New Yorkers turned off their lights and went back to sleep, only to be awakened again by this second assault, a scene repeated a third time, after which she no longer needed the assistance she failed to get the first, second or even the third, and final time.

During Mosely’s trial, witnesses made several statements, but one stands above the rest as a symbol of this tragic event and is the reason for its world-wide infamy: “We didn’t want to get involved.” No surprise to Mosely, for as he said: “I knew they wouldn’t do anything - they never do.”


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  • RAY7654321

    Excellent song, but got no radio play at the time because marijuana is mentioned in one verse. Times sure have changed.

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
  • southstarmusic

    i have never heard this before = yes kate very sardonic ♫♥♫

    10 Mar 2014 Reply
  • bohemian_chic

    Perfectly sardonic...

    6 Jan 2014 Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    I like the way the song progresses. It starts out with an incident involving one person (inspired by the Kitty Genovese murder). The next verse involves a larger group but can still be rationalized as being of interest to a (relatively) small circle of friends - just not as small as in the first verse. By the third verse, he has worked his way up to a large segment of the population. The fourth verse involves rights of the whole country. The irony in the fifth verse is that it refers to " a friend of ours" but still he says it would not interest anyone outside of a small circle of friends. The song concludes by repeating the first verse. It reminds us that if we ignore an injustice to one person, then it is easy to ignore more widespread injustices, and soon we are victims, too.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • joerags

    I'm sure it wouldn't interestt anybody outside a small circle of friends truer words never spoken

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
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    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • MoonlitSea

    Reading the story that inspired this song....well I re-evaluated the song...

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • NitaD1

    Sometimes you have to smile at the truth!!! Thanks Ian....love it....

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ravenclaw94

    Wow that was great. It's so upbeat but sad.

    30 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Tom_Pullings

    Truth is timeless, thanks Phil.

    12 Jan 2011 Reply
  • luckylollyme

    Oh my...

    22 Oct 2010 Reply
  • clawsoffury

    I love you Phil.

    23 Sep 2010 Reply
  • aheijnen

    I think it's kind of sad that things haven't changed much since this song was released. that said, I love this song.

    18 Feb 2010 Reply
  • PhamilyJules

    I like tongue-in-cheek lyrics...

    9 Dec 2009 Reply
  • bruce272

    I remember the incident he's singing about. He'll always be missed.

    8 Nov 2009 Reply
  • joels344_1

    Nice joke about government monopolies.

    28 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Galacticplane

    A very sad commentary on American Society and American Values...

    8 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Flippypimpstein

    Love that lefty!

    29 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Pris

    Love the live version

    5 Sep 2009 Reply
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