"Sin City" words & music by Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons...
This old town is filled with sin
It'll swallow you in
If you've got some money to burn
Take it home right away
You've got three years to pay
But Satan is waiting his turn

This old earthquake's gonna leave me in the poor house
It seems like this whole town's insane
On the thirty-first floor a gold plated door
Won't keep out the Lord's burning rain

The scientists say
It will all wash away
But we don't believe any more
'Cause we've got our recruits
And our green mohair suits
So please show your I.D. at the door

This old earthquake's gonna leave me in the poor house
It seems like this whole town's insane
On the thirty-first floor a gold plated door
Won't keep out the Lord's burning rain

A friend came around
Tried to clean up this town
His ideas made some people mad
But he trusted his crowd
So he spoke right out loud
And they lost the best friend they had

This old earthquake's gonna leave me in the poor house
It seems like this whole town's insane
On the thirty-first floor a gold plated door
Won't keep out the Lord's burning rain
On the thirty-first floor a gold plated door
Won't keep out the Lord's burning rain


Lyrics submitted by peacewarrior21

"Sin City" as written by Cydel Charles Young Che Smith

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  • +1
    General CommentThe sleazy underbelly of LA/Hollywood.
    chrisb1on August 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's about the sleaziness and greedy record labels who sell-out their artists and milk every last penny they can from them, and when they squeeze everything out, they abandon the artists
    redvinelovaon February 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the song was an allegorical biblical reference to mankind in general. "A friend came around, tried to clean up this town, his ideas made some people mad. He trusted his crowd, so he spoke right out loud, and they lost the best friend they had." Who else can that be referring to but Jesus? And the apocalyptical references to the Lord's burning rain and earthquakes seem to echo the end times as described in Revelations.
    strangerdaveon February 15, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAccording to Chris Hillman's book "Hot Burritos" Sin City was about Hollywood/Los Angeles. There are references to California earthquakes, global warming, a sly reference to Viet Nam, shady manager Larry Spector's condo on the 31st floor with a gold-plated door, Old Testament retribution from God, Satan is involved, and the friend who came around and was killed was Robert Kennedy.
    bobquack1on May 29, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt demonstrates the difference between country rock and country & western. There's a long distance between Bakersfield and Nashville, and a musical gulf between Parsons and Parton.
    Massapequaon November 20, 2007   Link

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