I repent every evening, trapped in the eden, starvin', never eatin'
Adam and Eve reference as he refuses to eat the forbidden fruit (probably a metaphor for going commercial) which is usually depicted as an apple .
Ironically, New York is called the Big Apple, so he could also referring to the struggle at that time in the streets of New York. It was war every day and poverty was not unusual (in fact New York is still rife with poverty despite all the glamour and glitz you see on T.V.). He has essentially juxtaposed New York with Eden.
starvin, never eatin'
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