"The Queen of Lower Chelsea" as written by and Brian Fallon....
Did you grow up lonesome and one of a kind?
Were your records all you had to pass the time?
Or maybe you were taken by the mysteries of New Orleans?
Or the uptight, rowdy girls of Lower Chelsea?
And we're hustling under but we live in the city
And we keep it down when we take a beating
Yeah, we keep it down with the radio on
And if you find a good man, don't take him home

When you're working full-time
And spending all of your nights never dancing like you did
While the gravity hangs on all the selling points you had,
She'll still remain the Queen of Lower Chelsea

Did you grow up a good girl,
You daddy's pride?
Did you make all the right moves,
Take all the right drugs right on time?
American girls, they want the whole world
They want every last little light in New York City

But we're hustling under and we're fast asleep
And we keep it down when we take a beating
Yeah, we keep it down with the radio on
And if you find a good man, don't take him home

When you're working full-time
And spending all of your nights never dancing like you did
While the gravity hangs on all the selling points you had,
She'll still remain the Queen of Lower Chelsea

Well they say these days,
Nothing comes cheap
And everything has a price
Everything has a price
Nothing is free
Not even me

When you're working full-time
And spending all of your nights never dancing like you did
While the gravity hangs on all the selling points you had,
She'll still remain the Queen of Lower Chelsea

When you're working full-time
And spending all of your nights never dancing like you did
While the gravity hangs on all the selling points you had,
She'll still remain the Queen of Lower Chelsea


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"The Queen of Lower Chelsea" as written by Brian Fallon

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  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionPretty sure it's:

    And we hustle in London, but we live in the city

    And spending all of your nights, never dancing like you did

    Should of stayed and been the queen of lower Chelsea
    The Joshon April 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Boys" line in the chorus is totally wrong.
    The line is, "While the gravity hangs on all the selling points you had"

    Check the lyrics below...

    Did you grow up lonesome and one of a kind?
    Were your records all you had to pass the time?
    Or maybe you were taken by the mysteries of New Orleans?
    Or the uptight, rowdy girls of Lower Chelsea?
    And we're hustling under but we live in the city
    And we keep it down when we take a beating
    Yeah, we keep it down with the radio on
    And if you find a good man, don't take him home

    When you're working full-time
    And spending all of your nights never dancing like you did
    While the gravity hangs on all the selling points you had,
    Should've stayed and been the Queen of Lower Chelsea

    Did you grow up a good girl,
    You daddy's pride?
    Did you make all the right moves,
    Take all the right drugs right on time?
    American girls, they want the whole world
    They want every last little light in New York City

    But we're hustling under and we're fast asleep
    And we keep it down when we take a beating
    Yeah, we keep it down with the radio on
    And if you find a good man, don't take him home

    When you're working full-time
    And spending all of your nights never dancing like you did
    While the gravity hangs on all the selling points you had,
    Should've stayed and been the Queen of Lower Chelsea

    Well they say these days,
    Nothing comes cheap
    And everything has a price
    Everything has a price
    Nothing is free
    Not even me

    When you're working full-time
    And spending all of your nights never dancing like you did
    While the gravity hangs on all the selling points you had,
    Should've stayed and been the Queen of Lower Chelsea

    When you're working full-time
    And spending all of your nights never dancing like you used to
    While the gravity hangs on all the selling points you had,
    Should've stayed and been the Queen of Lower Chelsea
    comehomenowon June 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe song is about Chelsea, in New York, not London. I totally don't know what you guys know about The Gaslight Anthem, but their a band from New Jersey. Also if you listen to the American Slang album, a few songs later he talks about New York City "So I will wait on the edges in between, These New York streets, Where you and I would meet" -The Spirit Of Jazz. Without a doubt it's Chelsea in New York City. But I don't think that's what the songs about, it's merely just a setting to the song.
    I'm not entirely sure what it is about, but it seems to be about a girl who grew up working hard for what she could, a girl who seemingly would deserve everything but yet get's beat and she just turns the other cheek and doesn't open up about it but instead just lives through it because she has the idea that lifes hard, you just gotta keep living.
    KillahKyyyaon August 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI believe the song is about a girl who grew up in Chelsea in Greenwich Village, NYC and was unspoiled ("Did you make all the right moves,/Take all the right drugs right on time?") who left because she wanted to be famous or simply to get away from her neighborhood ("Were your records all you had to pass the time?/Or maybe you were taken by the mysteries of New Orleans?/Or the uptight, rowdy girls of Lower Chelsea?" and "American girls, they want the whole world/They want every last little light in New York City"). And now this girls is reminiscing about her hometown because she's lonely and obviously not doing what she had dreamed to be doing ("When you're working full-time/And spending all of your nights never dancing like you did.") The author/singer tells her that she should have stayed in Chelsea (maybe even with him) but that now it's too late ("everyone has a price... not even me").
    DavidManningon September 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe background singer is singing (I think)
    If you listen to the acostic version then you can understand the lyrics better. Or read the booklet.
    "If i die, When i die, then they shall bury me"
    or
    "If i die, When i die, then find the time to bury me"
    Roo123on May 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionDid you grow up lonesome and one of a kind?
    Were your records all you had to pass the time?
    Or maybe you were taken by the mysteries of New Orlenans?
    Or the uptight, rowdy girls of Lower Chelsea?
    And we're hustling London, but we live in the city
    And we keep it down when we take a beating
    Yeah, we keep it down with the radio on
    And if you find a good man, don't take him home

    When you're working full-time
    And spending all of your nights, never dancing like you did
    While the gravity hangs all over some boys you had,
    Should've stayed and been the Queen of Lower Chelsea

    Did you grow up a good girl,
    You daddy's pride?
    Did you make all the right moves,
    Take all the right drugs right on time?
    American girls, they want the whole world
    They want every last little light in New York City

    But we're hustling London and we're fast asleep
    And we keep it down when we take a beating
    Yeah, we keep it down with the radio on
    And if you find a good man, don't take him home

    When you're working full-time
    And spending all of your nights, never dancing like you did
    While the gravity hangs all over some boys you had,
    Should've stayed and been the Queen of Lower Chelsea

    Well they say these days,
    Nothing comes cheap
    And everything has a price
    Everyone has a price
    Not nothing is free
    Not even me

    When you're working full-time
    And spending all of your nights, never dancing like you did
    When the gravity hangs all over some boys you had,
    Should've stayed and been the Queen

    When you're working full-time
    And spending all of your nights, never dancing like you used to
    While the gravity hangs all over some boys you had,
    Should've stayed and been the Queen of Lower Chelsea
    rhysthuryn2003on May 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey want every last little LIGHT in new york city

    quite a few other mistakes but i'll be damned if i can tell what's right myself.
    tjwellson April 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdo they mean chelsea in london or new york?
    eire46on June 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely thinking Chelsea in Greenwich Village.
    djnanason August 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it meant Chelsea in London because I thought the line was "we hustle in London".
    I think whoever commented "Gaslight are from NJ so would only write about New York" is being a bit presumptuous, using that logic "Ida called you woody, Joe" is actually about some random bloke from New Jersey because Brian doesn't know Joe Strummer.
    AndreMarrslovechildon April 24, 2011   Link

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