From the recording The City
This is a song about life in the city. I wrote it using a bunch of double entendre so it would allow the listener to guess at the intended message. The riff came from a part of a tune that a great friend of mine and I came up with for an instrumental song we called the Stork. My friend Wesley has since passed away but I always wanted to pay tribute to him through my music because he was instrumental in my learning to play guitar, as well as writing and singing my own songs.
THE CITY STEVIE DOWN THE AVENUE BUYS HALF AN OUNCE AND ROLLS A FEW HIS RENT IS 6 WEEKS OVERDUE HE’S DELINQUENT IN THE CITY GINGER’S WORKING ERIE STREET MURPH PATROLS THE DOWNTOWN BEAT PAYOFFS HELP KEEP THINGS DISCREET SANCTIONS IN THE CITY KENNY CUT MATH CLASS TODAY HE PLANNED TO DROP OUT ANYWAY ‘TIL A DRIVE BY BULLET WENT ASTRAY STATISTICS IN THE CITY TOMORROW ’LL BE A BETTER DAY BUT IF IT’S NOT, THAT’S STILL OKAY CAUSE WE’LL GET THROUGH IT ANYWAY THAT’S REALITY IN THE CITY WILLIE HIDES OUT IN THE PARK STEALING PURSES AFTER DARK SCORE - ANOTHER NEEDLE MARK PR*Y FOR THE CITY STUART PLAYS GUITAR AND SCREAMS IN A PUNK BAND CALLED UPTOWN EXTREMES EVER CLINGING TO HIS ROCK STAR DREAMS HE’S DISTORTED IN THE CITY WITH PERFECT VISION AND A PENTHOUSE VIEW ROSS CAN’T SEE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS SINCE HIS DEAL WENT THROUGH BLIND AMBITION IN THE CITY TOMORROW ’LL BE A BETTER DAY BUT IF IT’S NOT, THAT’S STILL OKAY CAUSE WE’LL GET THROUGH IT ANYWAY THAT’S REALITY IN THE CITY NICKY’S PERIOD IS OVER DUE AS HER MOTHER WORKS JOB NUMBER TWO THE COUNSELOR GETS A WAGE REVIEW THAT’S THE CYCLE IN THE CITY WITH A PURPLE HEART AND JUST ONE EYE WALT RISES AS THE PARADE GOES BY HE SALUTES THE FLAG NOT KNOWING WHY PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE CITY BOB HAS FINES AND FEES TO PAY AND THE COURT ORDERED HIM TO JOIN A.A. BUT THOSE TWELVE STEPS SEEM A MILE AWAY UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THE CITY TOMORROW ’LL BE A BETTER DAY BUT IF IT’S NOT, THAT’S STILL OKAY CAUSE WE’LL GET THROUGH IT ANYWAY THAT’S REALITY IN THE CITY