"Chicago" as written by and Kathleen Brennan Tom Waits....
The seeds are planted here
But they won’t grow
We won’t have to say goodbye
If we all go
Maybe things will be better in Chicago
To leave all we’ve ever known
For a place we’ve never seen
Maybe things will be better in Chicago
Well It’s braver to stay
Even braver to go
Wherever she goes I go
Maybe things will be better in Chicago

What we need the lord will give us
All we want we carry with us
You know where I can be found
Where the rainbow hits the ground
I’m not alone
I’m not afraid
This bird has flown from his cage
There’s so much magic we have known
On this sapphire we call home
With my coat and my hat
I say goodbye to all that
Maybe things will be better in Chicago
Maybe things will be better in Chicago


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    General CommentSounds like a man who is feeling troubled about his decision to follow a girl away from his home, to Chicago specifically. He's only going because she's going, and he doesn't know if it's going to be better or not. But he hopes it will be.
    Anilandon January 04, 2012   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI believe it's "it's brave of us to stay", not "it's braver to stay".
    elethion January 21, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI always pictured it as being about America after the apocalypse, when it's become a wasteland, and people live in small, scattered communities. And this is about one place being used up("The seeds are planted here, but they won't grow"), and the singer is trying to convince the others to move to a new place ("We won't have to say goodbye, if we all go"), namely, the remnants of Chicago.
    MagusMirificuson October 06, 2012   Link
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    General Commenttypical 'grass is greener on the other side' song. still very good though
    mr093242on November 10, 2011   Link

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