"18th Avenue-(Kansas City Nightmare)" as written by and Yusuf / Islam....
Well I rode a while, for a mile or so
Down the road to the eighteenth avenue
And the people I saw were the people I know
And they all came down to take a view

Oh the path was dark and border less
Down the road to the eighteenth avenue
And it stung my tongue to repeat the words
That I used to use only yesterday

Meanings just dropped to the ground
I tried to remember what I thought
And what I used to say
Don't let me go down no don't let me go

Oh my hands were tied as I struggled inside
The empty waste of another day
Memories were blank to my eyes
The fire and the glory of that night

Seemed safely locked away
Too hungry to rise. too hungry to

Well I rode a while, for a mile or so
Down the road to the eighteenth avenue
And the people I saw were the people I know
And they all came down to take a view

Oh the path was dark and border less
Down the road to the eighteenth avenue
But my head felt better as I turned the car
And the airport slowly came to view

One mile said the sign
Checked my bags and made it straight to end gate 22
Made it just in time, boy you've made it just in time


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"18th Avenue (Kansas City Nightmare)" as written by Yusuf Islam

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    General CommentIt sounds like 18th avenue was a dark part of his past, when he did a lot of things wrong in his life. Its hard to go back there, and its a painful memory "to repeat the words That I used to use only yesterday". Its also hard on him to believe he ever did the things he did there ("I tried to remember what I thought And what I used to say "), and the people he remembers from the 18th avenue are all empty reminders of his past now.
    ZeroOneon October 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think It's about who he could die manytime till he became 22 cuz this song written when he was 22
    HassanSon June 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about a dream that remainz him of his past and he still a live
    abosaud33on January 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, It's about a concert he did in Kansas City, so I read.
    Gregavion February 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt is about a concert he did in my great home Kansas City. Needless to say, he didn't have a very good time while here. :(
    sue1157808on April 01, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics fit for any fan of the (visiting) Los Angeles Angels (baseball team) in 2014.
    Hipnoticedon October 06, 2014   Link
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    General CommentWhen you're in your twenties and think your launch into life has been too long delayed, you can become more than a little impatient: you feel desperation and despair. I clearly recall that "Made it just in time! Boy, you made it just in time!" feeling when I at last escaped on a flight to Europe.
    Mattmarkon January 27, 2016   Link

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