Old Jim is hanging in the kitchen
Gave up when nothing else was cooking
Looks like he's gonna make the papers now
I guess Valerie didn't love him
No one was ever thinking of him
That's changed but he wouldn't like quite how

You're afraid of the city
But you paid to see the show
You're afraid to drive home
So you play the radio

Drove straight through from Tallahassee
Two days to play for fifty people
Mixing flexeril and old warm beer
Stopped cold, a blizzard on I-80
Stuck in the Motel Indiana
Waiting for the sun to reappear

Black ice on random city sidewalks
Dark waves on great lakes in a snowstorm
Drinking Jaeger free at the Cubby Bear
Lounge Ax on breaks swapping shop talk
Sweet kids lure your band mates to the girls' dorm
Circling for hours around O'Hare

I'm afraid of the city
But you made me feel alright
So I stayed a little longer
And we played another night

I'm afraid of the city
You're afraid of the hills
We betrayed one another
When they played it gave me chills

Lyrics submitted by Flintyfoxy

Fear of Chicago song meanings
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