"In The City" as written by and Fortis/borrell....
Well it's a close one, a real close one
And no-one gets hurt, but she's got twice the fun
But now they kiss in the rain
And did someone call out someone's name
From a white cadillac on a wide wind
To her white dress across the great divide
Into the warm moonlight
And she's been reading Bukowski for days
And she leans over, spits her name in my face
And says "Well now you know how it feels"
Well now you know how it feels

[Chorus]
And I was looking for you
Looking for you
Looking for you in the city last night

The boys in the band steal a kiss in the mystery of the night
11:59 to zero, live a blonde hair in jeans, holds her tight
Turns on the heat and starts to fight and sayin' "that's my man"
Well the myth of love must have been there
The spirit of possession was there

And the boys over at the bar
Yeah they're mixing up their medicine
The girls were on their mobile trying to get reception
Johnny's shadow's getting long but he keeps on singing
His shadow getting long but he keeps on singing

[Chorus]

And people so strange
People so strange
People just keep talking in the city last night

Take off your shades and scroll down to number nine
You're living on the guest list, up against the big rack
Head back, hand highs, it's getting loud in here
Think you're going to have to shout
And she's tearing off her clothes
He's stirring all his drinks, oh yeah
Streets divide them
It's an empire of signs
Honey say she can read
And it looks like trouble
And it tastes like chocolate if you want it
It looks like trouble
And it tastes like chocolate if you want it

[Chorus]

And people so strange
People so strange
People just keep talking in the city last night

And I was looking for you
And I was looking for you
And I was looking for you in the city last night

And I was looking for you
Yeah I was looking for you
Yeah I was looking for you in the city last night

It's alright!
It's alright!
If you say my name
It's alright!


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"In the City" as written by Johnny Borrell John Fortis

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    General CommentI think this song is about gigs? Or possibly nights out.

    'Johnny's shadows getting long but he keeps on singing' A reference to himself getting tired on tour?

    'The boys are at the bar Yeah they're mixing up their medicine' Guys always q up for drinks for everyone

    'Girls are on the mobiles trying to get receptions' Girls phone their friends when a good song comes on.

    'And I was looking for you' It's so difficult to find someone at a concert if you get split up.

    The lines 'The boys are at the bar Yeah they're mixing up their medicine, The girls are on their mobiles trying to get reception' This is one of my favourite lines ever, it reminds me so much of the start of a club or pub night as well as a gig. Guys always go to the bar and girls sit and text someone so they don't look like they've got nae mates.
    scappaflowon July 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSongs amazing.. it just builds and builds. The pounding beat literally connects with my legs. It'll make you fucking rock.

    "The boys in the band steal a kiss in the mystery of the night"

    That line's probably a Libertines reference.
    _turkishon November 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinitly a great song.... their whole album is aswome...

    but this song really reminds me of the rythm of a drunken night.... The social ackwardness of soberarity and slowly building up... then after the mixing up drinks line it starts to pick up and pump up.

    aparently i have been missing out on this bukowski character... he's mentioned here... and there is a track off the new modest mouse CD dedicated to him..
    St. martanion February 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song on the album! its builds up amazingly by the time u get to the end theres no way u cant be jumping about to it i love the way it builds up then trails off the builds up a bit more each time then trailing off then by the end it just keeps going - amazing song!
    xxlianexxon March 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of being a teenager in London, especially these lines, 'The girls were on their mobile trying to get reception' and 'live a blonde hair in jeans, holds her tight'. In some ways I love it, but in some ways it's really depressing, it reminds me of the things I don't like about the way the world's 'supposed' to work, and what teenagers are 'supposed' to do. Perhaps that is just me being cynical.....
    Scandion April 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn this song, the influence of Patti Smith is so obvious.

    If anyone has heard Horses, Land in particular you can tell that this song was probably written after Johnny Borrell listened to that album and thought shit I wish I could write something like this.

    But yeah it's a good song. Nothing really to say about the lyrics, they're just social observation really.
    Miss_Miseryon April 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh yeah the building on thing is so amazing =O
    Droobleson May 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like it but its a bit annoying if you want to tap the beat with your foot like i often do as it does go at a million mph, god knows how the drummer can hit the bass drum that fast! : ).
    queenownon June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song's also an obvious reference to Bob Dylan's 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' - of which the opening line is: 'Johnny's in the basement mixing up the medicine...'
    Interesting as Johnny Borrell was quoted as saying "If Dylan's making the chips then I'm drinking the champagne". People thought he was up himself but that statement was taken out of context however as Borrell was comparing his and Dylan's first albums, not their overall career. I personally think this song is more of a respectful nod to the Dylan classic, using a similar beat poetry style and rhythm but putting it in a more modern 'London' context. And I love it!
    LadyPon December 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnd it looks like trouble
    And it tastes like chocolate if you want it
    It looks like trouble
    And it tastes like chocolate if you want it


    sex is trouble... but it tastes like chocolate.as in choco flavoured condoms?
    Ozertyon December 02, 2007   Link

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