"Forbidden City" as written by and Karl/sumner Bartos....
There's not a hope
While you're in this kind of mood
Too much to drink
But not enough to lose
You tore me apart
Now I've got to suffer
I wish I'd been around when you started this

Give me a chance
I'd show you what I could do
You're in a trance
And I'm not so fond of you
You may be a friend
But you're not my relation
But you're the only person I ever knew

And it's too late to wash my hands
We're caught in a trap
Set for a man

There is a wind
That blows in the northern skies
Holding me back
No matter how hard I try
If I had the sense
I'd leave here tomorrow
I wouldn't even bother to say goodbye

But it's too late to wash my hands
We're caught in a trap
Set for a man

Would you lie to me
If you thought I was wrong
You deserted me
When it all went wrong
Would you lie to me
Would you lie to me

Would you lie to me
If you thought I was wrong
You deserted me
When it all went wrong

But it's too late to wash my hands
We're caught in a trap
Set for a man


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"Forbidden City" as written by Johnny Marr Bernard (gb 2) Sumner

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    General CommentI agree, one of Marr's finest pieces. The solo is great, because it makes me want it not to stop. You can't help but feel the emotion coming from that solo. Great song all the way around.
    Marcus7on April 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment..This is up there with Johnny Marr's best guitar based tunes of the Smiths. A great tune that sticks with you.
    CharmingManon February 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLyrically though, I'm perplexed about this song.
    Marcus7on April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a girl who he's been chasing or is in a shallow relationship with. she wont give him all of herself but just enough to keep him hanging on..and they do share close moments:

    You may be a friend
    But you're not my relation
    But you're the only person I ever knew

    He is trying to say she should open her eyes and see that hes a good guy but hes frustrated with her selfish actions:

    Give me a chance
    I'd show you what I could do
    You're in a trance
    And I'm not so fond of you

    he is trying so hard but is having difficulty forming a normal relationship with her. And after all, of course, the girl is selfish:

    There is a wind
    That blows in the northern skies
    Holding me back
    No matter how hard I try
    If I had the sense
    I'd leave here tomorrow
    I wouldn't even bother to say goodbye

    and

    Would you lie to me
    If you thought I was wrong
    You deserted me
    When it all went wrong
    mikevee33on September 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWiki says: "it is about a young man who has an abusive relationship with his father but wants to return home despite this antagonism".

    I also think Bernard mentioned something like this in an old interview.
    postcrapon October 08, 2007   Link

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