"Take Back the City" as written by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Tom Simpson and Paul Wilson....
Take back the city for yourself tonight
Or I'll take back the city for me
Take back the city for yourself tonight
Whoa

God knows you put your life into it's hands
And it's both cradled you and crushed
But now it's time to make your own demands
Whoa

All these years later and it's killing me
Your broken records in words
Ten thousand craters where it all should be
Whoa

No need to put your words into my mouth
Don't need convincing at all
I love this place enough to know I have no doubts
Whoa

It's a mess, it's a start
It's a flawed work of art
Your city, your a call
Every crack, every wall
Pick a side, pick a fight
Get your epitaph right
You can sing, 'til you drop
Cause the fun just never stops

I love this city tonight
I love this city always
It bears it's teeth like a light
And spits me out after day's
But we're all gluttons for it
We know what's wrong and it's right
For every time it's been hit
Take back the city tonight

Tell me you never wanted more than this
And I will stop talking now
One perfect partner, one eternal kiss
Whoa

Take back the city for yourself tonight
Or I'll take back the city for me
Take back the city for yourself tonight
Whoa

It's a mess, it's a start
It's a flawed work of art
Your city, your call
Every crack, every wall
Pick a side, pick a fight
Get your epitaph right
You can sing, 'til you drop
Cause the fun just never stops

I love this city tonight
I love this city always
It bears it's teeth like a light
And spits me out after day's
But we're all gluttons for it
We know what's wrong and it's right
For every time it's been hit
Take back the city tonight

I love this city tonight
I love this city always
It bears it's teeth like a light
And spits me out after day's
But we're all gluttons for it
We know what's wrong and it's right
For every time it's been hit
Take back the city tonight

I love this city tonight
I love this city always


Lyrics submitted by dustfinger, edited by mentalism

"Take Back the City" as written by Jonathan Graham Quinn Gary Lightbody

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  • +3
    General CommentYes, I cant wait for the album either!
    In terms of meaning, I think the city is metaphor for a relationship

    "God knows you've put your life into at times
    and it's both cradled you and crushed
    But now it's time to make your own demands"
    -How relationships can hurt as well as make you happy,and how you have to make your choice on whether to keep going and fighting for it

    "All these years later and it's killing me
    Your broken records and words
    Ten thousand craters where it all should be"
    -Maybe the couple have broken up, yet this guy cant move on-"ten thousand craters"= the wreck of the relationship-but it says WHERE IT SHOULD BE-ie where the city(relationship), should be-he feels they should be together

    "No need to put your words into my mouth
    Don't need convincing at all
    I love this place enough to have no doubt"
    So maybe the feeling is mutual, but the other person neednt justify to him the reasons for fixing things, because he knows himself that its the right thing to do.

    "It's a mess
    It's a start
    It's a flowing work of art
    Your city, your call
    Every crack, every wall"
    about starting from the beginning, when its all new- it may be difficult but it will get more beautiful as the relationship progresses.The relationship is what youre meant for,despite the problems.

    "Tell me you never wanted more than this
    And I will stop talking now
    One perfect partner, one eternal kiss"
    -sums it up-the relationship had to be rekindled, because they were perfect for each other, and wouldnt have been able to move on and be happy.

    -Just my thoughts
    another*teen*clicheon September 21, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLightbody said this song was inspired by Belfast. Where I live.^_^ *proud*
    it certianly fits with the problems AND joys of Belfast,
    another*teen*clicheon October 27, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti have the offical booklet bought with the album, and the lyric is not 'can't decide' but 'pick a side.' Can someone please change it cause i don't know how to lol

    another teen cliche is right, this song is inspired by Belfast, where i also live. The 'pick a side pick a fight', could be to do with the religious problems that are sometimes experienced in N.I but Lightbody also talks about how he adores it, "i love this city tonight, i love this city always" and "were all gluttons for it."

    The first time i listened to this i was unsure if i liked it or not, but the more i listened to it, the more i liked it (like shookem) and i now think its a really good song and i wish sp all the best with their new album,
    innovation on November 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOn the A Hundred Million Suns dvd/cd release Gary says that Take Back the City is a love song, but not for another person for your home. He wrote specifically about his home city of Belfast which as he grew up he didn't fully understand and now has nothing but love and admiration for the place.
    anniewanon March 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen i first heard this song i thought it was weird and repetitive. but it hella grew on me hahaha. it's an awesome song! i cant wait for the album, october 28th! =].
    shookeemon September 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenter, i messed up and since you can't delete the comment...

    youtube.com/…
    shookeemon September 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song actually grows on me, although it probably won't be one of the best SP songs for me. It does have a typical SP sound to it, which is nice. Looking forward to the new album.
    Jeedson September 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn this verse:
    It's a mess
    It's a start
    It's a flowing work of art
    Your city, your call
    Every crack, every wall
    Can't decide, pick a fight
    ??but get your ???? right??
    You can sing till you drop
    Cos the fun just never stops

    the ??? line should be "Get your epitaph right" - at least that's what i'm hearing from the HQ version - it makes sense because it seems like the song's message is to live your life as much as you can so you can die with a 'good' epitaph on your grave? lol
    hplssrmantcxoxon September 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason, it makes me want to get up and travel the world. I can just imagine driving through a city with the windows open and music blasting and, well, living.
    Rinse_It_Awayon December 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhoa
    swiinglifeawayon January 18, 2009   Link

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