"Seattle" as written by John Lydon, John Mcgeogh, Alan Dias, Bruce Neal Smith and Lu Edmonds....
Don't like the look of this old town
What goes up must come down
Character is lost and found
On unfamiliar playing ground

Get out of my world
What in the world

Shoeboxed around the rifle range
Have all your functions rearranged
Your mind and body gagged and bound
On a new familiar playing ground
The ordinary will ignore
Whatever they cannot explain
As if nothing ever happened
And everything remained the same again

What in the world
What in the world
What in the world
Get out of my world (What in the world)
Get out of my world

Get up, get out, get out get out of my world
Get up, get out, get out get out of my world
Get up, get out, get out get out of my world
Get up, get out, get out get out of my world
Get up, get out, get out get out of my world
Get up, get out, get out get out of my world
Get up, get out, get out get out of my world
Get up, get out, get out get out of my world
Open your mouth now

Secret signs and knowing looks
These sunny days will cook the books
Happy to take the misery
This mortal life can bring to me
Don't like the look of this town
What goes up must come down
Character is lost and found on unfamilliar playing ground

What in the world
What in my the world
What in the world
(What in the world) what in, get out, get out, get out of my world
What in the world
Palaces, palaces, barricades, barricades, threats, threats, meet promises, meet promises
Palaces, palaces, barricades, barricades, threats, threats, meet promises, meet promises
Palaces, palaces, barricades, barricades, threats, threats, meet promises, meet promises
Palaces, palaces, barricades, barricades, threats, threats, meet promises, meet promises
Palaces, palaces, barricades, barricades, threats, threats, meet promises, meet promises
Palaces, palaces, barricades, barricades, threats, threats, meet promises, meet promises
Palaces, palaces, barricades, barricades, threats, threats, meet promises, meet promises
Palaces, palaces, barricades, barricades, threats, threats, meet promises, meet promises


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"Seattle" as written by John Mcgeogh John Lydon

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    General CommentHey "heartbeats_xxx" thank you for that, I never heard of that story before.

    It's a shame really that people are so reactionary and wouldn't think about something before responding. For all they know, he could have been singing about London and comparing it to Seattle. Etc..

    As for what the song is about, I'm not sure. I'm not even sure he is particularly critiquing Seattle. I wonder if maybe he was on a tour or something and was feeling homesick or something, and ended up in Seattle at some point, and got a bad feeling about the place for some reason. It's "unfamiliar" and maybe he felt it was big and easy to feel lost. Or maybe some people were horrified by his punk looks and said something like, "What in the world?!" and he felt hurt, and felt like they wanted him to get out of their world.

    That is my guess anyway. I suppose I would have to google for interviews or something to find out the real meaning.
    ilikethepixieson August 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite PIL songs. I'm glad to know what it's about. This song came out before Seattle became the Grunge capital.
    OneFleshon November 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe grundge band Mudhoney was opening for PIL in Seattle(this was before the whole grunge thing went national). The band bad mouthed John Lydon to the crowd during their set, then trashed his dressing room while PIL was on stage getting boo'd by the crowd of seattle grunge fans. I was at this show and John Lyden was being a complete dick to the crowd through the whole thing until the crowd finally started pelting him with spit and bottles. The song's about hating Seattle.
    theButtMonkeyon October 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAccording to this video, John Lydon says they wrote the song in Seattle, but it has nothing else to do with the city. It's about council flats in England.

    youtube.com/…
    njpozneron July 15, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe band played a gig in Seattle and they were bottled offstage by a very hostile crowd. Following this, they wrote a song about how much they hate Seattle.
    heartbeats_xxxon May 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAbout a time they got booed by a crowd at seattle when they were playing there, This song describes their feelngs towards the people of seattle. This is very poppy but is so so good!
    To-live-is-to-dieon October 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlways thought it was about a city losing its identity because of so called progress or becoming ¨cool¨ . Dont think he is bashing at people in Seattle ( or it could be any other place ), more like dont become a hipster, wich is sadly what we got years and decades later . At least for me, i could be wrong... or i could be right.
    Bengalion June 13, 2016   Link

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