It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights
The phrase “it’s up to me now” could also be a reference to the line,
It’s up to you, New York, New York,
from the song “Theme from New York, New York” written by Kander and Ebb for Martin Scorsese’s film New York, New York but made popular by Frank Sinatra (embedded below). In it, he sings that if he can make it there, he can make it anywhere… but it’s up to New York to decide that for him. In this song, fittingly titled “NYC,” Paul Banks sings that his fate is up to him now, not the city in which he resides.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-ZUXQuFcnw The line referenced appears at 1:38
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