"Fear City" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
Dragged down into lowercase
Trying to get your cops to talk right
But they can't put the paper in your face
You're just trying to walk by

So now I got a new game baby
No one's gonna recognize it
Your broken English over their flat, tired remarks
Still trying to bring some dead beauty back to life

Isn't it pretty? yeah
I'm gonna see my city dead
I can do everything that your man does except for better
Got no interest now in undressing your kids with cheap angst love

Letters
You write your name in all of the places no one goes
Some can't be satisfied until everybody knows
Isn't it pretty? yeah

I'm gonna see my city dead
Isn't it pretty? yeah
I'm gonna see my city dead (come on)
Isn't it pretty? yeah

I'm gonna see my city dead


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"Fear City" as written by Steven P. Smith

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    General CommentA city is used as a metaphor in several Elliott Smith songs, including the Basement versions of "A Passing Feeling" and "Strung Out Again". In the former, some say the city is getting clean in terms of drug use, and destroying the city is using again ("everything is gone but the echo of the burst of a shell... In the city I built up and blew to hell"). In "Strung Out Again" Elliott writes of a "city of canals" that possibly refers to his own body.

    But then again in the song "Alphabet Town", which still refers to drugs, it doesn't seem quite as direct a metaphor for one's addictions or oneself.

    I don't have a definite answer for what the song means, but perhaps these other songs have some clues. "Alphabet Town" was written before "Fear City", while the other two songs were written later.
    yesteryear_soonon November 14, 2008   Link

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