"Dirty City" as written by Peter Godwin and Stephen Lawrence Winwood....
A gangster came to see my boy
When I was working nights to pay one more bill
He promised the kid a sweeter life
Said, "Gotta understand it's dog eat dog out there"

Well, I looked in his room when I got home
And underneath the covers found a loaded gun
He looked at me with empty eyes
He said, "It's time for me to be moving on"

Dirty city, this is a dirty town
Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground

I spoke to my woman the other day
She said, "I need more cash, we can't pay our way"
She said, "Everything gets really hard
And I need something sweet, don't you understand?"

Dirty city, this is a dirty town
Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground, ground, higher ground

Dirty city, this is a dirty town
Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground, higher ground

Dirty city, this is a dirty town (move up, gonna move right up, gonna move right up)
Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground (move on up, higher ground)

Dirty city, this is a dirty town


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"Dirty City [Edit]" as written by Peter Douglas Godwin Peter Godwin

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    General CommentGreat song featuring Eric Clapton on Guitar. The song seems to be about how life is tough in the city and everything is just corupt in the end.
    kfe2on May 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great becouse reflects the misery and violence that you can see in big cities all around the world. Seteve Winwood has an enormous talent creating masterpieces for so many reasons. Another excelent point is Clapton solo.
    jbarros57on March 28, 2009   Link

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