"Going To Town" as written by and Greg Dulli....
Lover mine
Get your coat and come outside
I want to take you for a ride
On into town

Lover fair
We'll be looking sharp, I swear
I want them all to stop and stare
When we take 'em down

Go to town, burn it down, turn around
And get your stroll on, baby
I'll get the car
You get the match

And gasoline
And as we ride
Away into the countryside
I feel as though I must confide

There is a cost
When you say
Now we got Hell to pay
Don't worry, baby, that's okay

I know the boss


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"Going to Town" as written by Greg Dulli

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    General CommentWhy no love? This is one of the coolest songs ever written. Go to town. Burn it down. Turn around. And get your stroll on baby.
    baltic_aveon December 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh man here's some love. This is one of my favorite songs. Either way, I think it is basically about a guy and his woman going to town and "setting the night on fire." The lines about gasoline are probably merely symbolic, as he's singing about making "them stop and stare" etc.
    BrettMajorson May 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentUntil the other day, I never realized how much the instrumental part of this track osunds like Candy O by the Cars. A phenomenal song (well, two [phenomenal songs) and a Dulli classic.
    bafflewiton July 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think they literally burn the town down for some reason, why else would he say, "when you say, now we got hell to pay, don't worry that's ok, I know the boss."
    jp410on October 05, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis very well could be just a meaningless love song, but I give them the benefit of the doubt because they're usually so fucking dark...
    imagine this being sung by Charles Starkweather to Caril Ann Fugate... creepy, isnt it?
    Tig45on May 15, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis very well could be just a meaningless love song, but I give them the benefit of the doubt because they're usually so fucking dark...
    imagine this being sung by Charles Starkweather to Caril Ann Fugate... creepy, isnt it?
    Tig45on May 15, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think the lyrics are about getting into a relationship you know you're going to regret later, but doing it anyway. Everyone loves that first flash of infatuation when you're in a new relationship. But they know from the get-go that they're no good for each other, so screw it, "let's go to town and burn it down", let's ride this doomed relationship for all its worth. They know they're headed for heartbreak, and there's going to be "hell to pay", but the protagonist has had his heart broken so many times, it's familiar (even comfortable) territory, as when he sings "that's ok, I know the boss".

    Anyway, that's just my take on it.
    bruce52792on June 20, 2014   Link

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