"The Night Chicago Died" as written by Peter Callander, Mitch Murray and Hyo Sang Yoon....
Daddy was a cop on the east side of Chicago
Back in the U.S.A. back in the bad old days

In the heat of a summer night
In the land of the dollar bill
When the town of Chicago died
And they talk about it still

When a man named Al Capone
Tried to make that town his own
And he called his gang to war
With the forces of the law

I heard my mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was
Glory be!

I heard my mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed!

And the sound of the battle rang
Through the streets of the old east side
'Til the last of the hoodlum gang
Had surrendered up or died

There was shouting in the street
And the sound of running feet
And I asked someone who said
"'Bout a hundred cops are dead!"

I heard my mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was
Glory be!

I heard my mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed!

And there was no sound at all
But the clock upon the wall
Then the door burst open wide
And my daddy stepped inside
And he kissed my mama's face
And he brushed her tears away

The night Chicago died
(Na-na na, na-na-na, na-na-na)
The night Chicago died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed!

The night Chicago died
(Na-na na, na-na-na, na-na-na)
The night Chicago died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was
Glory be!

The night Chicago died
(Na-na na, na-na-na, na-na-na)
The night Chicago died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed!


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"The Night Chicago Died" as written by Peter Callander Mitch Murray

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  • +1
    General CommentYeah, the lyrics are pretty self-explanatory. Al Capone and his rival gangs ran it well into the ground and turned a beloved city into a living hell.

    I loved this song ever since I was a kid. Amazing.
    $p$on May 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy can't a UK band comment on US history
    makecoldplayhistoryon August 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the WORST songs ever recorded. I'm not even from Chicago, but I can tell you this:

    1) Chicago has NO east side. It would be underwater because of Lake Michigan.
    2) Al Capone and his men never had a shoot-out with the cops--many of the cops were on his payroll.

    Susan_The_BassPlayeon November 25, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningWrong Susan! Chicago most certainly does have an east side. Grant Park? S. Lake Shore dr.? A little road called Michigan ave? Any of those ring a bell? Gino's? Navy Pier for God's sake?

    And the shootout not being real? So what? When did it become a rule that a song must contain nothing but factual, documented historical lyrics? Give me a break. 90% of the every song ever recorded contains fictitious lyrics.
    thExileon May 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWho cares who did this song or if some facts are not entirely correct. It's a good song.
    martyboeron October 31, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis song is awesome... but it was sung by a british band... which makes little sense, considering its talking about AMERICAN GANG WARS
    abscence_sanityon February 21, 2006   Link

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