In the city, she wakes, before the break of day,
Cold water on her face, so lonely
Between the glass and knife, she'd like to start a fire,
She'd burn the city down, she'd burn it all for love

CHORUS:
Can you see the people, staring at the steeples
Wondering why they're so lonely, so lonely?
Can you hear their voices, joining in a chorus,
Wondering why it's so lovely, so lovely?

In the city, she wakes, the smoke is cleared away,
The fire's just a flame, still breathing,
She made a big debut on Fifth Avenue,
Then the village voice review took the fire from her eyes

CHORUS

We're walking right beside the ones we used to fight,
The flag is waving white, the flag is waving white,
We see for the first time, when we stop the fight,
The flag is waving white, the flag is waving white

CHORUS


Lyrics submitted by inkychipmunk

Manhattan song meanings
Add your thoughts

3 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General Commentit's:

    "we're walking right beside THE ones we used to fight"

    instead of:

    "we're walking right beside HER, ones we used to fight"


    this song is truly inspirational.
    1021on March 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI was fortunate enough to be working at my university radio station when these guys came in to do an interview for us. They are such nice guys! They work against human trafficking and slavery, and this song is part of that, reminding people that everyone is human and everyone is equal. We all want love and we all deserve freedom.
    Inkdanceron December 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song.

    I'm trying to figure out the tune -- it's like I've heard it before; it sounds very familiar. Am I just imagining things, or what?
    Tamanduaon March 29, 2011   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain