"Cities" as written by and David Byrne....
Think of London, small city
Dark, dark in the daytime
People sleep, sleep in the daytime
If they want to, if they want to

I'm checking them out, I'm checking them out
I got it figured out, I got it figured out
Good points some bad points
But it all works out, I'm a little freaked out
Find a city, find myself a city to live in
I will find a city, find myself a city to live in

Lot of rich people in Birmingham
Lot of ghosts in a lot of houses
Look over there! Dry ice factory
Good place to get some thinking done

I'm checking them out, I'm checking them out
I got it figured out, I got it figured out
Good points some bad points
But it all works out, I'm a little freaked out
Find a city, find myself a city to live in
I will find a city, find myself a city to live in

I'm checking them out, I'm checking them out
I got it figured out, I got it figured out
Good points some bad points
But it all works out, sometimes I'm a little freaked out
Find a city, find myself a city to live in
I will find a city, find myself a city to live in

I forget to mention, forget to mention Memphis
Home of Elvis and the ancient Greeks
Do I smell? I smell home cooking
It's only the river, it's only the river

I'm checking them out, I'm checking them out
I got it figured out, I got it figured out
Good points some bad points
But it all works out, I'm a little freaked out
Find a city, find myself a city to live in
I will find a city, find myself a city to live in

Find a city, find myself a city to live in
I will find a city, find myself a city to live in


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"Cities" as written by David Byrne

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  • +6
    General CommentMemphis was "home to Elvis and the ancient Greeks" because Elvis came from Memphis, Tennessee, which was named after a city in Greece. Conflating the two as though The King and ancient greek philosophers came from the same place (or even coexisted) is a brilliantly surreal move.
    destroyalltacoson June 26, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General Commentgoes into David Byrne's recurring theme of searching for a home ("find myself a city to live in") as also explored in "The Big Country" and "Don't Worry About the Government."
    chowfun18on October 25, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYou get the feeling this guy will never ever find a home. He sounds so anxious and paranoid about it. To me, it's like discussing the meaninglessness of the whole world, like it makes no difference if you live in Memphis, in London or somewhere else. At least, that's the way I think things go for the narrator.
    Marquezon October 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKinda strange and bizarre song.
    Marquezon October 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think he realized home was with him all along on This Is The Place (Naive Melody).
    Coffeewolf77on July 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy a "dry-ice factory"? Anyone have any ideas on what that could mean?
    EnduringChillon March 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti play this in the car everytime i move! along with byrne's glass concrete and stone.
    bombsandballoonson January 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionDry Ice Factory. Byrne loves to ride his bike around towns he's in to explore from ground level. There's no double meaning to the dry ice factory other than he likely biked past one, it was probably fairly deserted and he pulled over for a break to get some thinking done. No mystery. Plus dry ice? What a concept.
    Not sure why London is a small city. Unless it's a small-minded city. Or Byrne's version of London is a small area he sticks to.
    df42562498on March 27, 2017   Link
  • -2
    General Commentlook over there..drive ice factory
    good place to get some thinking done

    my favorite part..Phish did a really good cover of this song
    thediseaseon December 25, 2004   Link

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