"The Loneliest City Of All" as written by Maria Andersson, Josephine Forsman, Jennie Asplund and Johanna Asplund....
You are no longer my business it is all up to you
Will have to find a soft heart in somebody new
When friends are calling me mad for staying this long
There is nothing I'd rather want than to prove that they are wrong

Those pills you took did not help you get no sleep
Your head is still at work but you're numb from hands to feet
Why aren't your teary eyes for anyone to be seen
I'm sorry I sound cold
I got soul of a new machine

Please don't say

Everything that is not true
Every street with no name reminds me of you
You are the last I should call
From a booth in Tokyo
The loneliest city of all
When in Tokyo
The loneliest city of all

You only move in circles around the case
Keep on asking why I put you in this place
What are you gonna do with new won time
And wider space
You will end up in your corner like a lion once out of its case

For now that's all from your man down in Tokyo

Lyrics submitted by kissinginthegrass, edited by brianh32

"The Loneliest City of All" as written by Johanna Asplund Jennie Asplund

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    Song MeaningSo... it's about somebody stuck in a job in Tokyo, possibly a spy/detective/something similar ("man down in," "circles around the case," etc.), but also possibly an engineer of some sort. It's not clear to me (at least) whose voice we're hearing (maybe several?). "Soul of a new machine" is presumably a reference to the book of the same name, which is about work for the love of work and so on. Or perhaps it's just a Pink Floyd reference?

    But really it's about, well, loneliness and existence and purpose. And Tokyo. Maybe. And it's kind of depressing but so beautiful and fascinating all at the same time!
    brianh32on December 10, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationSH "did" do a previous song called "my japanese boy"

    My guess is that the song is really about a failing relationship. The protagonist doesn't "want" the relationship to end, but it seems unavoidable. Her lover keeps ducking the hard questions (moves in circles around the case), and instead attacks her for making him feel uncomfortable ([You] keep on asking why I put you in this place)

    SH did release one previous song called "my japanese boy". Probably one of the band members had a crush, and one or more of them found Tokyo in particuar, (or the people in it) to be lonely and unavailable, despite its flashy surface.
    saddamhanssonon October 31, 2014   Link

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