"White City Fighting" as written by and Dave Gilmour Pete Townshend....
The White City, that's a joke of a name
It's a black violent place if I remember the game
I couldn't wait to get out but I love to go home
To remember the White City fighting

The White City Fighting, remember, remember
The White City Fighting, remember, remember

Down to the refuge, near QPR
I drive to committees in my German car
Prone to violence, prone to shame
I glide in silence, my pride in vain
For no one remembers, not that I can see
That we were defenders, we were the free

The White City, blood was an addiction
Now it is analyzed just as though it were fiction
That battles were won and battles were blown
At the height of the White City fighting

The White City Fighting, remember, remember
The White City Fighting, remember, remember

No one remembers, not that I can see
That we were defenders, we were the free

The White City, I finally grew up
To resist the temptation the gutters all threw up
But I have to go back, I guess I'm violence prone
To remember the White City fighting, yeah

The White City Fighting, remember, remember......(fade)


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"White City Fighting" as written by Pete Townshend David Jon Gilmour

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    General CommentI always liked the imagery of this song.
    Co-Produced with David Gilmour, this entire album was fantastic. Some of Pete Townsends' best stuff since the Who.
    (Interestingly enough, just a year earlier, Pete had co-produced David Gilmours' album "About Face").

    The music is driving and engaging, and the lyrics paint a vivid picture of a City; perhaps no city in particular, since this could be any number of places in the U.K. , The U.S.A., or whereever there are big White Cities.
    Major Valoron August 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI had always heard this song and thought the guitar solo sounded like Pink Floyd's "Hey You" - and was shocked to find out that was because it was David Gilmour playing! Amazing how sometimes a guitar can sound as distinctive as a voice.
    EmeraldFoxon February 11, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWhite City is the name of a specific area in London, and a particular housing development within that. The lyrics are narrated by a man who is now doing quite well for himself but had a rougher, violent youth in White City, and he considers the contrast between his past and present as well as the ironic name of a place where reality was quite dark.

    Pete Townshend is not actually from there, and the album as a whole was conceived as a novel telling the story of a fictional man; the lyrics describe a portion of that character's past and present.
    rikdadon July 10, 2017   Link

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