"City" as written by and Sara Bareilles....
There's a harvest each Saturday night
At the bars filled with perfume and hitching a ride
A place you can stand for one night and get gone

It's clear this conversation ain't doing a thing
Cause these boys only listen to me when I sing
And I don't feel like singing tonight
All the same songs

In these deep city lights
Girl could get lost tonight
I'm finding every reason to be gone
Nothing here to hold on to
Could I hold you?

The situation's always the same
You got your wolves in their clothes whispering Hollywood's name
Stealing gold from the silver they see
But it's not me

In these deep city lights
Girl could get lost tonight
I'm finding every reason to be gone
Nothing here to hold on to
Could I hold you?

Calling out somebody save me I feel like I'm fading away
Calling out somebody save me I feel like I'm fadingâ?¦
I'm fading

In these deep city lights
Girl could get lost tonight
I'm finding every reason to be gone
Nothing here to hold on to
Could I hold you?


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"City" as written by Sara Bareilles

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  • +2
    General CommentIf you're single in LA, man or woman, and have a soul; this is how you feel.

    Incidentally I love the first line, "there's a harvest each Saturday night at the bars filled with perfume and hitching a ride" ....brilliant.
    churchlemonon July 24, 2007   Link
  • +2
    MemoryThis song is so chilling to me now, and the reason it is that way has nothing to do with the songs meaning. My grandfather asked me if it was snowing outside the night he was in the hospital for cancer. It was the last thing he said to me, and I told his 'No, not yet." He nodded a little. The next day, I was waiting to be picked up from school and my mom called and told me he died, as soon as she said that, I saw tiny snowflakes outside of the window. The day of his funeral, I was listening to this song on my mp3 player, and I walked outside, as soon as I looked up there was nothing but snow. I just stood there in the snow listening to "Calling out, somebody save me, I feel like I'm fading away" and that just amazed me. Every time I listen to this song or it snows, I think of him.
    Prowler Kidon March 07, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningsara b wrote this song about her time at UCLA, when she was just another girl from a small town living in a big city. she felt lost, lonely, and didn't know how to find people who made her feel like herself. it's about her search for that.

    the personal connection of knowing exactly what she went through, coming to a huge school on your own, where you knew no one, gives this song so much more meaning to me. and finding it is something we all want, and that i'm incredibly glad i was able to find.
    limabean519on July 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha... vampires?!... anyway... i love the line, "a place you can stand for one night and get gone."
    shibby_shoeson November 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe meaning of this song is actually quite simple: it's about being lost in a strange place (in this case the city of L.A.) and coming across very unlikeable people who will try to end you or become obstacles in your life who have the guise of friends ("wolves whispering Hollywood's name"). The piano version is beautiful, but the album version (from "Little Voice") is incredibly beautiful with its mellow instrumentation and a kickass guitar solo.
    storypwner14on May 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anyone else think that
    "bars filled with perfume and hitching a ride"
    is actually
    "bars filled with perfume an itch in your eye"??
    thats what i think it sounds like is all
    and it makes sense to me! its a great song though! i love the
    "Calling out, "Somebody save me I feel like I'm fading" " bit
    lilirozeon September 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol vampires?
    Midnightbottleon November 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTotally vampires.
    But I think you guys are taking too big a picture here. The basis of this song is just about the bar scene. The first verse is self-explanatory, the way people interact in that kind of environment. Wolves whispering Hollywood's name seems to be about how we (guys) like to talk game and and exaggerate. I'm sure in Cali, Hollywood is a hell of a name-drop. The end of the chorus, however, suggests that there's someone ("you") who is almost an escape from the confusion and frustration.
    SCross35on November 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually i don't think it's wolves, i think it's words because "you've got your words" makes more sense to me.
    bubbab2on February 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so hauntingly beautiful...
    icesk8ngurlon May 29, 2009   Link

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