"The City" as written by and Ross Stewart/hann Macdonald....
Don't call it a fight when you know it's a war.
With nothing but your t-shirt on.
And go sit on the bed 'cause I know that you want to.
You got pretty eyes, but i know you're wrong.

And don't call it a spade if it isn't a spade.
And go lie on the floor if you want.
The first bit of advice that you gave me that I liked was they're too strong, too strong.
Get in the shower if it all goes wrong.

Yeah you wanna find love then you know where the city is
Yeah you wanna find love then you know where the city is
Yeah you wanna find love then you know where the city is, city is
Yeah you wanna find love then you know where the city is

Yeah counting cards was the best job he ever had.
Cleaning up.
He got good with his 4's and his 2's.
That community service was the best job he ever had.
Cleaning up.
He got sick on the floor and his shoes.

Oh and she said it's your birthday,
Are you feeling alright?
The next one's the MD.
You'll be feeling just fine.
Your brother is just sat there,
You said he felt snide.
You hope that that boy will be alright.

Yeah you wanna find love then you know where the city is
Yeah you wanna find love then you know where the city is
Yeah you wanna find love then you know where the city is, city is
Yeah you wanna find love then you know where the city is

Yeah well she said it's your birthday,
Are you feeling alright?
The next one's the MD.
You'll be feeling just fine.
Your brother is just sat there,
You said he felt snide.
You hope that that boy will be alright.

Yeah you wanna find love then you know where the city is
Yeah you wanna find love then you know where the city is
Yeah you wanna find love then you know where the city is, city is
Yeah you wanna find love then you know where the city is


Lyrics submitted by Alekibutt, edited by sc458

"The City" as written by George Bedford Daniel Adam Brian Thomas Hann

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +5
    My InterpretationI think it's about the struggles of one drug trip gone wrong and of drug dependency in general.

    He needs to 'go sit on the bed' and 'lie on the floor' because he's probably wobbly from all the drugs he took. He was also probably brought to a rehab center a coupla times, with the line 'community service was the best job he ever had'/'cleaning up' and had withdrawal symptoms - 'got sick on the floor and your shoes'

    On the fourth verse he was taken to the hospital or a doctor (MD). He probably had one too many and had an OD while celebrating. 'She said it's your birthday, are you feeling alright?' Considering Matt Healy writes mostly autobiographical stuff, the 'she' could be his mum. His brother just sat there and watched him through the fiasco, but he wishes he'd ultimately turn out different than he did and make better choices.

    His dependence on drugs makes him turn to it to whisk off perversive feelings of youth alienation, to feel validated, affirmed, and happy. The City is where the drugs are. The fix/love is there.

    I love this band no matter what they say.
    mH89//on April 09, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell i think the The first bit is an argument,no doubt about that lol but when it says
    "The first bit of advice that you gave me that I liked was they're too strong, too strong.Get in the shower if it all goes wrong." is referring to drugs, MD to be exact, (as he sates later in the lyics aswell). MD is the street name for the dug Ecstasy and when someone starts to become seriously affected by it, doctors first orders is to put them into a cold shower, (Vasoconstriction, slows the heat rate down by make blood vessels smaller ect ect) so im aking it that the GF or maybe girl he likes has introduced him to the drug.

    As for the Chorus the first thing that came to my head was that he's telling her if you "want to find love, You know where the city is", implying thats where all the night clubs are, so go in there to find a guy if im not good enough. but someone said that the city is where the drugs are at so go there to "find love", love being the drugs, so that could be up there too. i think mh89 is on the money.
    rachel1013on June 07, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat this line means?
    "He got sick on the floor and his shoes."
    I got a guess, but would like to know what other ppl thinks.
    Dht20on October 12, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCan't believe anyone has written a review yet
    Faverelli (Fah-vre-lee)on February 15, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti've tried understanding it but it's very confusing.
    it seems like at first they're fighting then her looking for love.
    hiddenparadiseon April 03, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that this song is about a pair of friends who sleep together: she wants to find true love, and he's content with the arrangement, but it causes them to argue. That's the first two verses.
    The second two verses are harder, but I think they're about the men she's been going on dates with on her search for true love, and he mocks them.
    The first guy has had a string of odd jobs and is directionless.
    The second verse is maybe a doctor, considering the part about the MD?
    The narrator, I guess, is realizing he's in love with his friend who's convinced she needs to find love elsewhere instead of looking for it in him. The narrator grows detached, and she is concerned, but clueless.
    I'm beat on the part about the brother.
    bubblegumteenson April 09, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCan somebody tell me what he means by "Your brother just sat there he said he felt snide"? Specifically on the word "snide". Like I know what it mean but not in this context. I also looked it up on urban and other than its literally meaning apparently it means two people sharing a joint too. I was wondering what it might mean in here.
    victoriarivetton November 19, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"Don't call it a fight when you know it's a war."
    He wants her to stop acting like everything is okay when she knows that it's not.

    "With nothing but your t-shirt on."
    As she comfortably avoids the truth.

    "And go sit on the bed 'cause I know that you want to."
    She wants to stay with him tonight because she's lonely.

    "You got pretty eyes, but i know you're wrong."
    He looks into her eyes, admiring how beautiful she is, as she talks. But he knows
    that she doesn't love him.


    "And don't call it a spade if it isn't a spade."
    He's telling her not to lead him on.

    "And go lie on the floor if you want."
    He's telling her that she can stay but he doesn't want to be close to her right now.

    "The first bit of advice that you gave me that I liked was they're too strong, too strong."
    He's thinking about the person she used to be when he fell for her.

    "Get in the shower if it all goes wrong."
    Now he's giving her advice for her impending troubles.


    "Yeah you wanna find love then you know where the city is"
    If you ever want someone to love you, i'll be in the same place i've always been.
    someonehereon January 22, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is not just drug dependency, its all about the person who cannot get love from his mother and family, and so finds it somewhere else...its deeper, its only those who felt it can indetstand it.....
    jansen1020on February 29, 2016   Link

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