"Asking only workman's wages
I go looking for a job
But I get no offers
Just a 'come home from the wars on Seventh Avenue,"
Which I took to mean that the singer/protagonist was being told by his family to come home because life was so brutal in New York.
It's actually, I realized some time later, "just a come on from the whores on Seventh Avenue," which is less poetic I think but more sexy.
Here's the Ten Tenors, singing that song: