You can't believe
The way the wind's talking to the sea.
I heard that someone said it before,
I don't care,
I can't walk away, I can't walk away...
In Chinatown...

The wind and the rain:
To your detriment you try to explain
A government swallowed up in the squall.
I can't walk away, at all,
In Chinatown...

You can't believe,
Though I'm sure somebody's said it before:
I know you and I know the score...
I can't walk away, you can't walk away...
I can't walk away, you can't walk away...
I can't walk away, you can't walk away...
I can't walk away, you can't walk away...

I can't walk away...

Lyrics submitted by streethawk, edited by Shimuno

Chinatown song meanings
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    My InterpretationMy initial interpretation of this song was it being about a relationship where as in both people are not willing to "give up" or "walk away" due to how much potential and possibility the relationship has, or possibly because the people love each other too much to. Possibly Chinatown being where the people met, or knew each other, or probably something else symbolic.

    However it sounds like the song might actually have more to it; I just can't decipher it. But my initial guess was the relationship and the not being able to leave it due to it's potential.
    sbarajas4166on August 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentDestroyer > God
    churchgonewildon December 09, 2010   Link
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    General Commenthe makes me believe I should never leave Vancouver
    backyon December 11, 2010   Link
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    General Commentso nice on the ears!!!
    destroyer > everything
    NWrolleron February 17, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThe song almost certainly refers to the Jack Nicholson film Chinatown where he plays a private detective investigating a case in the Chinatown district of San Francisco, an area that has something of a lawless reputation (in the film at least)...essentially, it is better to walk away for your own good than pursue an investigation there! Really is a top notch film anyway.
    Ondeon April 23, 2013   Link

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