"City Love" as written by and John Mayer....
I never liked this apple much
It always seemed too big to touch
I can't remember how I found
My way before she came around
I tell everyone
I smile just because
I've got a city love
I found it in Lydia
And I can't remember life before her name
She keeps a toothbrush at my place
As if I had the extra space
She steals my clothes to wear to work
I know, her hairs are on my shirts

I tell everyone
I smile just because
I've got a city love
I found it in Lydia
And I can't remember life before
The day
She called up and came to me
Covered in rain
And dinnertime shadowing
And as her clothes spun, we spooned
And I knew I was through
When I said "I love you"
Friday evening, we've been drinking
2 AM, I swear I might propose
But we close the tab
Split a cab
And call each other up when we get home
Falling asleep to the sound
Of sirens
I've got a city love
I found it in Lydia
From the battery
To the gallery
It's the kind of thing you only see
In scented, glossy magazines
And I can't remember life before her name

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"City Love" as written by John Clayton Mayer


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    General CommentReady for my opinion? So as many of you have said...Lydia (the girl in the song) is a girl "John" is/was whatever totally in to, yet he felt she wasn't right for him. "She leaves her toothbrush at my place, as if I have the extra space." Basically he is just going with it because he's enjoying it even though he knows it won't last. She's showing him a good time and he figures what the hell. As far as the sirens go and falling asleep to sirens, I think that many, well all of you are confused on the meaning of this. Yes it's a song about the city and of course at night time the only thing you really hear in a city is sirens, however, John is so clever, I think he mean't it in a different way. "and call each other up when we get home
    falling asleep
    to the sound of sirens". I think he is referring to Greek mythology. According to Greek mythology, the sirens were three women who live in the ocean and sang beautiful songs that caused men to sail their ships towards the beautiful sound, however the sirens song caused these ships to sail towards rocks and cause wrecks where the sailors would then die. I think John uses this idea to describe that he's falling asleep to the sound of the sirens (in this case the girls voice) because as I said before, he knows this relationship isn't right, yet he's having a good time so he goes with it. John is one of the most clever song writers, and I really believe this is what he mean't by it. But then again, its just my opinion and maybe it really is as simple as police sirens in the city night.
    shanesmith11on December 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIn this song, John portrays that he fell in love with a city girl named Lydia... it's not true love since he actually is trying to say that he fell in love with the CITY more than the girl! To me, it's like putting a face to something that doesn't have one!

    Love this song John! "Falling asleep to the sound of sirens" shows that he is in love with the city more than the girl! Sweet!
    dmedinaon April 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorites on the "Room for Squares" album.

    Again, John blows me away...

    (I always thought that the line, "falling asleep to the sound of sirens" was "falling asleep to the sound of silence".... wish it were.. sound of silence.. great paradox)
    anna118kon May 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentoh wow! i totally thought it was falling asleep to the sound of silence too!! it made me think of the simon and garfunkle song
    LILJCOXon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI actually just saw John last night and he desribed this song as "falling in love with the absolute wrong person, but having and absolutely amazing time with it" (or something along those lines)...I thing its a beautiful song and idea
    Girli2318on May 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwow anna118k...thats an awesome paradox...i just might use that one day...but i see what he means because they're in the city so there are sounds of sirens...john's awesome!
    Jackie1228on May 13, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"I smile just because".. Doesn't that lyric just describe how it feels to be in love? This song is great, but aren't all of John's songs fabulous?
    bogartfanon May 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love how its about completely irrational love. everyone's always looking for relationships that are "going somewhere" - sometimes you find love in the places you least expect it. "i cant remember life before her name" i love when you get so lost in love for someone you just cant remember how it was before them. hes amazing.
    meggymac31on May 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhile the line "fallings asleep to the sound of silence" is an awesome line, i think that "falling asleep to the sound of sirens" is better, because it relates to the song so well being that it supposed to take place in NYC and we always fall asleep to the sound of sirens or other alarms :)

    on another note i read these lyrics before i bought Room For Squares and i didn't think i would like the song all that much. but with his voice and the sound, especially how he sings the chorus. and the line "she keeps her toothbrush at my place as if i had the extra space" is great.
    emmychloeon June 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was "falling asleep to the sound of silence" because of the few lines preceding that one. "...and call each other up when we get home falling asleep to the sounds of silence/sirens..." I thought that they would call each other up... and then just fall asleep on the phone. They didnt have to talk.. just knowing that the other was there, on the other line, was enough.

    Does that make sense only to me?
    anna118kon June 05, 2002   Link

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