"Two Story Town" as written by Jon Bon Jovi, Dean Michael Grakal, Mark Hudson and Richard Sambora....
I couldn't sleep
Took a walk down Second Avenue

Sick of dreaming dreams that never come true
One way street and I know where its leading to
There's a "For Sale" sign on the front door of the city hall
The subway line got graffiti crawling off the wall
I could take a hit but I don't want to take the fall

That's just one side of the story
In this two story town

It's just the same old sights
And the same old sounds
I want to take my car and drive out of this two story town
It's the same old ship going 'round
I'm going down, down ,down, down, down
It's a two story town

There's a girl that I sleep with
She's got ecstasy eyes
He promised her roses and American pie
I called her and my demons
And I kissed them both goodbye

Seven days of Monday morning
In a two story town

It's just the same old sights
And the same old sounds
I want to take my horse and ride him off this merry-go-round
It's the same old ship going 'round
I'm going down, down, down, down, down
It's a two story town

One shot to make a move now
The ghosts are calling me out

And me I'm just one story
In a two story town
But you're never going to find me in the lost and found

It's just the same old sights
And the same old sounds
I want to take my horse and ride him off this merry-go-round
It's the same old ship going 'round
I'm going down, down, down, down, down
It's a two story town

It's just the same old sights and the same old sounds
I want to take my horse and ride him off this merry-go-round
I won't give in and I won't back down
I'm going down, down, down, down down
I ain't going down, down, down, down, down
I'm never going down, down, down, down, down
It's a two-story town


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"Two Story Town" as written by Mark Hudson Richard Sambora

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    Song MeaningHow comes that nearly no one understands this song?

    It’s about a relationship in which only one of the two is trying to keep the relationship alive -> “that’s just one side of the story in this two story town.”

    The one who’s working for this doesn’t want to do it anymore is trying to get out of the relationship because he knows that it doesn’t matter what he’s doing -> “Sick of dreaming dreams that never come true. one way street and I know where it’s leading to.”

    He want to get rid of her but at the same time he loves her more than everything else and he always see the signs of when their relationship was good -> “The subway line got graffiti crawling off the wall. I could take a hit but I don’t want to take the fall.”.

    At the same time their relationship is very monotonous and he can’t take it anymore without going crazy. -> “It’s just the same old sights and the same old sounds. I want to take my car and drive out of this two story town. It’s the same old shit going around.”

    He’s about to drown in this relationship because she doesn’t seem to care about him anymore -> “I’m going down down down down down. In a two story town.”.

    He speaking about the beginning of their love and she used to love him and that he was able to forget his problems because of her. -> “There’s a girl that I sleep with. She’s got ecstay eyes. He promised her roses and american pie. I called her and my demons and I kissed them both goodbye.”

    Everyday feels the same for him -> “Seven days of Monday morning in a two story town.”.

    He’s thinking about breaking up with her but without her he couldn’t handle his old problems anymore -> “One shot to make a move down. The ghost are calling me”
    Marlaenaon August 17, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song means EVERYTHING to me! It's nearly the story of my life.... I live in a town with a population of less than 150 and a city hall that isn't for sale but is an old railroad station shared with the police force and employment agencies. I'm gonna get outta here one day!!!

    Also, its not the same old ship, its the same old shit.
    Samboras1Chickon March 31, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree. I lived in a small town too. Nothing ever changes the same old SHIT day in day out. This song rocks
    antmannon June 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is my town.
    allenegirlon May 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWell, I also live in a small town and, even though I love it, I can still relate to this song. You have to remember not to take artists literally. I think this song is more about life in general. Nothing ever changes, people never learn. When you turn on the TV everyday, it's always the same old body count with different names.
    Also, I'm being raised in a conveyor belt family where everyone goes to a small college and becomes a lawyer. I want to break out of the cycle and major in math or science at some place like Duke or UNC. Jon Bon Jovi was born in the North East. I don't see him literally writing about a small town. He leaves that to Mellencamp(who does it well).
    Sehmaraon March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOne of my all time favorites! Love the lyrics, love the tune, LOVE Richie's guitar work! I'm not sure of the meaning but I don't think he's talking about a small town. Note the line "that's just one side of the story in the two story town". And, I'd like to know if the words are actually "same old ship" or "same old shit". Personally, I like shit but everytime I see this song in print it contains the word ship.
    aboldoneon August 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit's shiT, not shiP XD
    Bangoneon February 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCan't really be a small town if there's a subway line. But no matter where you live, you can get bored with your life.
    dan2004on February 25, 2008   Link

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