"In The City" as written by and Paul John Weller....
In the city there's a thousand things I want to say to you
But whenever I approach you, you make me look a fool
I wanna say, I wanna tell you
About the young ideas
But you turn them into fears
In the city there's a thousand faces, all shining bright
And those golden faces are under twenty-five
They wanna say, they gonna tell ya
About the young idea
You better listen now you've said your bit-a, go!

And I know what you're thinking
You still think I am crap
But you'd better listen, man
Because the kids know where it's at

In the city there's a thousand men in uniforms
And I've heard they now have the right to kill a man
We wanna say, we gonna tell ya
About the young idea
And if it don't work, at least we said we've tried

In the city, in the city
In the city, in the city
In the city there's a thousand things I want to say to you

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"In the City" as written by Paul John Weller

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    General CommentThis songs a plea for people to listen to the younger generation and the ideas that they have. It seems to me that Weller feels the youth and their views are being ignored. They are becoming disillusioned with society and the way they are treated from people in authority: "you make me look a fool".
    They are also against the policies taking place: "thousand men in uniforms". I think this refers to the police and their new powers to kill people.
    My favourite song by The Jam, and one of the best baselines I've heard.
    Mr_Soulon April 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard back many eaons ago that this was about the Southall riots in the early 80s..Any ideas?
    fortunate_boyon February 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was released in '77 so I doubt it.
    Paul Weller loved London and this song is a look at London in the 70's from the viewpoint of an idealistic young hothead.
    Alot of Paul Weller's early lyrics sound a bit naive at times but he was only about 18 or 19 at the time.
    Ask the Sex Pistols if they thought this was a good riff!
    Boss Manon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell listen to this and ask Paul Weller if he ever listened to The Who.
    MattieCampon January 18, 2006   Link

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