In the song, Garvey sings "Oh, my giddy Aunt, New York can talk. It's the modern Rome and folk are nice to Yoko." Turns out that Yoko Ono wrote to the band on their website, thanking them for the namecheck and continuing on with her own memories. Here is her note and the video of the song below, but be sure to check out the entire album (track listing at the end of the post).
Dear Guy, Craig, Mark, Pete and Richard,
Yes. New York has been kind to me as your song says. Thank you.
For John, he always wanted to come and live in this city, ever since he saw Bob Dylan on the famous album cover (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan). And I played the catalyst to make his dream come true.
But in sleepless nights, I am still living in the memory of my sweet husband, who was virtually kicked out of his own country that he loved so dearly and learned to live in this bleak port city just so his woman and he could live in peace.
Two sides of the coin. Life is.
Have a great time in New York.
We loved it.