"Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago" as written by Michael Doughty, Mark Degliantoni, Yuval Gabay and Sebastian Steinberg....
A man
drives a plane
into the
Chrysler building

Saskatoon is in the room
Poulsbo is in the room
Bennetsville is in the room
Palmyra is in the room

Is Chicago!
Is not Chicago!
Is Chicago!
Is not Chicago!

A man
cuts in half
just like he
snaps a pencil

Khartoum is in the room
Phnom Penh is in the room
Pyongyang is in the room
Cairo is in the room

Is Chicago!
Is not Chicago!
Is Chicago!
Is not Chicago

Lyrics submitted by NeoNess

"Is Chicago Is Not Chicago" as written by Michael Doughty Mark Degliantoni

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    General CommentThis song is extremely visual, a slow motion walk of a plane as it crashes though an office. All these people from other places that work there are diving out of the way, their lives flashing before their eyes. (Chicago - not Chicago) You can hear the twisting metal...
    Lysergianon August 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteven doughty HIMSELF has gone on record stating that he was trippin' when he came up with the idea for that tune.
    yiggie241on July 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe was hopped up on Goofballs in Chicago and was pointing at various things sayin, "Is Chicago!" and would then point to himself and say "Is not Chicago!"

    It amused him for hours on end and he ended up writing it into a song.
    SocialParasiteon September 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsocial is right.... also everything he says is "in the room" is a city in the world somewhere.
    SixStringSoulon March 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentUm....I don't think Lysergian has it. This song was way before 9/11.
    discordian555on March 24, 2010   Link

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