Oh, oh, what are we gonna do?
Union, Union, Union City blue
Tunnel to the other side
It becomes daylight
I say he's mine

Oh power, passion plays a double hand
Union, Union Union City man
Arrive, climb up four flights
To the orange side
Rearrange my mind
In turquoise Union, Union, Union City blue
Skyline, passion, Union City blue

Power, passion plays a double hand
Union, Union, Union City man
I say he's mine
I have a plan
I say he's my Union City man

Oh, oh, what are we gonna do?
Union, Union, Union City blue

Oh, oh, what are we gonna do?
Union, Union, Union City blue

Oh, oh, what are we gonna do?


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Union City Blue Lyrics as written by Nigel Harrison Deborah Harry

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    General Comment

    Quite simple and very poignant. Deborah is singing about being that girl from NJ looking over and being seduced by the NYC skyline...big city dreams. Power, passion plays a doublehand and how that relates to leaving her "union city man"--her ordinary life in Jersey--"What are we gonna do?" Deborah has talked about the affect NYC had on her as a young girl many times.

    batongalon May 22, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Greatest of all blondie tracks - powerfull song - should have been there biggest hit - have no idea what its about though.

    Lemonheadon September 16, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I agree: this song should have been an explosive hit. Far superior to "Dreaming" or "The Tide Is High".

    Major Valoron August 16, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Union City is in New Jersey. It is on the New Jersey Transit rail link. The map shows that the color of said link is ORANGE. Hence, "To the orange side", So the guy is in Union City, and she is off to see him from either Hoboken or Newark Penn Station. Rest of it, go figure yourselves, the video shows the skyline of NY and some weird sh@t dancing.

    peterspider69on September 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    This is about having sex out of boredom.

    And who better to sing it. Fuck she is amazing. "In turquoise." Give me a break! It was always meant to be Deborah Harry singing the word intercourse. Divine!

    @nthonyon January 04, 2018   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is pure feeling, the both sides of everything, in this case NYC: Positive: The dreams, the hopes, the excitement of being young in this thrilling place... The negative: The real hardness of living in a metropoli, the insecurity, the dangers in everywhere... The sound and atmosphere created is hyptonic; so melancholic from an awesome band. The tunnel is what connects New Jersey with NYC.

    PeluCrespinson August 19, 2022   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think this is about Union City, New Jersey, which is across Hudson River from New York City. Maybe about a guy she had a relationship with from there?

    DanVitaleRockson June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    it was written for the movie "Union City Blue." deborah harry was also in the movie.

    funshineon May 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Brilliant.

    spunkychickon February 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It's about a woman in Manhattan who is in love with a man in Union City, NJ, just over the river. She takes the tunnel to visit him, but their worlds are so different, she being a professional or a musician or something in Manhattan, while he works in a factory or shipyard of some sort (wearing blue coveralls) in Union City, that their love is doomed. Or at least troubled.

    Union City is also home to the US's biggest annual Passion Play, so they cleverly allude to that. Maybe the dude's Cuban (big Cuban town, apparently), so maybe that's a problem too.

    Or maybe it relates to the plot of the movie "Union City," which I haven't seen. Anyone?

    karnasauron October 09, 2011   Link

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