"Rock City" as written by and Jared Followill Matthew Followill....
I was running through the desert, I was looking for drugs
And I was searching for a woman who was willing to love
So I could take her like a woman
Yeah take her like a woman

I was looking for a bad girl, looking for a bad boy
Someone who could take all the night away
Oh baby I could shake it like a woman
Yeah shake it like a woman

I got the eyes on me
Of a jealous man, and if you're looking to run, well then you've already ran
I break down like a woman
I break down like a woman

I'll go back to Rock City,
That's where she saw me
Everybody's seen her, everyone believes me

I've been several miles and plenty more,
And I found myself face-first on the floor
Searching for something
But never finding something

And I don't know where I belong,
I'm just trying to get myself back home
And get a little work
Yeah find my little woman

And I'll go back to Rock City
That's where she saw me
Everybody's seen her, everyone believes me

Oh my my, oh my my, oh my my
I need to find something
I'm searching for something

I'll go back to Rock City
That's where she saw me
Everybody's seen her, everyone believes me

I'll go back to Rock City,
That's where she saw me
Everybody's seen her, everyone believes me


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"Rock City" as written by Jared Followill Caleb Followill

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    General CommentAmazing vocal! Showcases Caleb's versatility across genres. His phrasing is so unique.
    I'm too in love with the way he sings the word "city" !!!

    Not many men could sing "I could shake it like a woman" and still be sexy :-)
    FuzzyRushon October 21, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this is the story of a cross-dressing rock star. It may be inspired by Lola by The Kinks. "looking for a bad girl, looking for a bad boy" appears to be an allusion to the type of pansexuality exhibited by many rock and pop stars like Anthony Kiedis, David Bowie, Morrissey, Steven Tyler, Prince, Michael Jackson, etc.

    The following lyrics could be the most explicit:
    "I found myself face-first on the floor
    Searching for something
    But never finding something"

    I would interpret the above excerpt to suggest passive positioning in male on male sexual intercourse. The experience has left the protagonist feeling empty.
    cinesison November 01, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningI believe the song is about the drug Roxy. In the first few lines he says he's looking for drugs. and I think when he says "rock city" he means "roxy" kind of like how Britney Spears meant "F*ck Me" in "If you seek amy." Also, the "I need something, I'm searching for something." I think its about a need/desire to be on Roxy. And "my little woman" is Roxy.
    a17on November 20, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationMy interpretation of the song as I hear it everytime, is that this guy, this character is this lone warrior of sorts. Not a warrior in the traditional sense, but a lonesome dove of sorts, a man of few words with a mission. He was out there, god knows where, searching for a girl. His girl. Someone from his past whom he shared a deep interest in. She awaits him in Rock city. Face first into the floor, drunk. Etc. Etc.

    For me, this song evokes a connection I had with a former friend of mine. The first time I listened to it, I immediately thought of her, for some reason. She was the one that got away, I let her get away. I think about what could've been and this undoubtedly fits the theme.
    DJwoo311on November 22, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI don't know about the meaning, but, since no one seems to know this, I wanted to point it out. "Rock City" is Chattanooga, TN.

    KoL grew up near Nashville, where I live. Everyone knows that Chattanooga is Rock City. "See Rock City" use to be painted on the roofs of barns down highway 41 all the way to Chattanooga.
    bunchkleson May 29, 2014   Link

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