we throw out our bodies on the fire and we die
settle into ashes as the flames keep piling high
we tossed and spread the kerosene and alcohol
the ethylene ignited cardboard homes

the second in a hundred and again as many years
street signs, skyscrapers and names
state street, what a great street
when the places and the people stayed the same

winter beats the summer on the worst ones
i fall in love again on the first ones
carbon vapor lines burn as a grid
like the burning summer evenings
like my fingertips did
like the burning summer evenings
like my fingertips did

this town is choking on our filth
obstinate displays of wealth
clog our lincoln, wicker, rogers parks
here's to your health chicago
fiddle as we burn
nevermore, nevertheless
build it up and tear it down and never learn


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Chicago Is Burning ... song meanings
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    General CommentBest Lawrence Arms song right here. The last verse pretty much explains what it's all about. This was also the first song i ever saw the lawrence arms play live. At the Fireside in March a few years ago, Badass
    This Shit Rules 001on January 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti heard this is being re-recorded for the b-sides...which would be KILLER. the guitar riffs in this song are sweet
    blingon February 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOkay, I know the last post here was literally two years ago, but I gotta put this out there. The beginning of this song sounds ridiculously like 106 South. I mean the bass is different, but only slightly. I feel like I'm missing something, since the Lawrence Arms are fucking great, and I can't believe the similarities in the songs didn't occur to them. It's just confusing.
    songagoneon February 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think they did it on purpose
    ghost stories is an extremely well-thought-out album
    106 South begins with the same two chords but contrasts sharply with the mood and subject matter of Chicago is Burning
    holycrapoctopuson October 12, 2010   Link

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