"Suburbia" as written by Neil Tennant and Christopher Lowe....
Suburbia, where the suburbs met Utopia
(Where the suburbs met Utopia)

Lost in the high street, where the dogs run
Roaming suburban boys
Mother's got a hairdo to be done
She says they're too old for toys
Stood by the bus stop with a felt pen
In this suburban hell
And in the distance a police car
To break the suburban spell

Let's take a ride, and run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia
You can't hide, run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia

Break a window by the town hall
Listen, the siren screams
There in the distance, like a roll call
Of all the suburban dreams

Let's take a ride, and run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia
You can't hide, run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia

I only wanted something else to do but hang around
I only wanted something else to do but hang around
(Hang around, hang around)

It's on the front page of the papers
This is their hour of need
Where's a policeman when you need one
To blame the colour TV?

Let's take a ride, and run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia
You can't hide, run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia
In Suburbia
In Suburbia

Run with the dogs tonight
You can't hide
Run with the dogs tonight
You can't hide
(You can't hide, you can't hide)
In Suburbia

(Suburbia, where the suburbs met Utopia)
(What kind of dream was this, so easy to destroy?)
(A world together, the cities of the past)
(Mews, slums of the future)
(Suburbia, where the suburbs met Utopia)
(Suburbia, where the suburbs met Utopia)
(Where the suburbs met Utopia)



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"Suburbia" as written by Butch Walker

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  • +1
    General CommentAnother glorious example of how to write catchy pop about something everyone can relate to, this time we're out of the West End and into council estates but the romance is somehow drawn from the violent imagery of the barking dogs and litter/graffitti strewn pavements.... good comment again on the state of 80's Britain! Due for a cover this one methinks
    Davehepcaton March 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA bunch of hopeless suburban boys are making their usual mess around their town and I assume it's for expressing a kind of revolt over the 'social system' where they are forced to live in, since they tend to consider they are excluded from it ("I only wanted something else to do but hang around"). And the line "Break the window by the town hall" serves to show how revolted they are indeed... At the same time this same 'social system' repress their revolt with the policemen, but without considering to offer to them good opportunities for trying to conquer a better life for themselves.
    circusjuggleron October 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt's not about London it's about Downey, California--but not Karen Carpenter's Downey--Downey by way of the 1984 movie Suburbia--dissaffected punk youth, middleclass anomie, and a motley pack of runaway dogs gone feral.
    twocenton September 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLeeeeets take a ride run with the dogs tonight! In suburbia!
    Mode000on July 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf this song was written today, It would be about chavs, infact it certainly relates to chavs,

    For once this is is a song that relates to the common hoodie, Instead of saying "Lets revolt against these vandals" Its saying "These are the members of the community that the rest of the community has failed"

    Its a masterpiece in my opinion
    Leekduckon July 01, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI love this song so much! It's catchy and typically PSB!
    I agree with what you all have said about 80's teen rebellion in the suburbs.
    pheonixbird01on July 24, 2011   Link

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