"We Built This City" as written by Martin George Page, Bernie Taupin, Dennis Lambert and Peter F. Wolf....
We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll, built this city
We built this city on rock and roll, oh

Say you don't know me, or recognize my face
Say you don't care who goes to that kind of place
Knee-deep in the hoopla, sinking in your fight
We got too many runaways eating up the night

Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio, don't you remember?
We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll

We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll, built this city
We built this city on rock and roll

Someone's always playing corporation games
Who cares, they're always changing corporation names
We just want to dance here, someone stole the stage
They call us irresponsible, write us off the page

Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio, don't you remember?
We built this city, we built this city on rock an' roll

We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll, built this city
We built this city on rock and roll, built this city
We built this city on rock and roll, built this city
We built this city on rock and roll

It's just another Sunday in a tired old street
Well, if you got the toco, oh, then we just lost the beat

Who counts the money underneath the bar?
And who writes the wrecking ball in two wild guitars?
Don't tell us you need us, 'cause we're just simple fools
Looking for America, coming through your schools

Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio, don't you remember?
We built this city, we built this city on rock an' roll

We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll, built this city
We built this city on rock and roll, built this city
We built this city on rock and roll, built this city
We built this city on rock and roll, oh


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"We Built This City" as written by Bernie Taupin Bernard J.p. Taupin

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  • +4
    General CommentOK, guys -- a little hint. Marconi invented wireless radio. Marconi is being used as a personification of radio. Does that help?
    groupingon July 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthey now..this is a great song! ok, the lyrics may not be the best, but hey can't beat the ...i dunno, i still like it though. And who comes on here to just say how much they hate the song.. so much anger..
    jellybrickon April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Who writes the wrecking ball in two wild guitars"??? Shouldn't it be, 'Who rides the wrecking ball into our guitars' ???
    TheLuckyChickenon March 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDunno... I alway thought it was either "...in two fast guitars", or possibly "...and who parks the cars?"

    Crap lyric whichever way.
    butterfingersbeckon March 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti rekon its about the growth of music radio (as opposed to boring talkback radio) and how it all began with rock and roll. "Who writes the wrecking ball in two wild guitars" - rock and roll dystroyed a lot of society's 'morals', 'values', and preconceptions of what "acceptable" music was. it was one of the biggest inspirations for the 1950-60's cultural revolution. so where we are today is all because of rock and roll, hence "we built this city on rock and roll"
    universalsolideron July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI HATE THIS SONG...stupid lyrics....stupid song...i dunno..i just don't like it...
    jakon July 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNote that the DJ voiceover is not part of the original song; thus, the real song does not refer to any specific city.
    praceon April 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the worst song in a 50 year history of rock and roll, excluding cheesy songs from musicals, cus that's where it sounds like this song came from anyhow (am i not right?)
    ZinbobDanon June 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just like the chorus.
    dementiaon November 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI had no idea so many people hated this song! I guess people don't like it because it's not a terribly sophisticated song. Yeah, the lyrics are cheesy, the song is a bit cheesy too. The song made it big mostly through MTV. I liked the song as a little kid, beint one of the MTV kids.

    So that's what it mostly reminds me of.
    stoolhardyon December 30, 2004   Link

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