Voegele on her MySpace site: "'Chicago' is a metaphorical representation of any kind of escape, about just needing to get away. The line at the end of the chorus is, 'I'll be on the 7 o'clock to Chicago,' so it refers to a specific city, but it's universally applicable."
Voegele was on her way to the Windy City when she wrote "Chicago." She explained to the New York Post that, "it's about being in a situation or a relationship that's obviously run its course and isn't working out. It's about finding an escape, getting out of there. I was feeling a little bit cynical, and 'Chicago' was the result."
Deethewriter from Saint Petersburg, Russia FederationMore Songs About Chicago, Illinois:
Sweet Home Chicago by The Blues Brothers My Kind of Town by Frank Sinatra Super Bowl Shuffle by The Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew Bad Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce In The Ghetto by Elvis Presley The Night Chicago Died by Paper Lace Back To Chicago by Styx Take Me Back To Chicago by Chicago Born In Chicago by Paul Butterfield Dear Chicago by Ryan Adams Via Chicago by Wilco Chicago by Da Brat Chicago Bound Blues by Bessie Smith Little Joe From Chicago by Nat King Cole Meet Me In Chicago by Mat Kearney Sidewalks of Chicago by Merle Haggard Living In Chicago by The Bee Gees Jesus Just Left Chicago by ZZ Top The Eggplant That Ate Chicago by Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band Chicago Is Not Chicago by Soul Coughing Chicago by The Doobie Brothers Chicago At Night by Spoon Chicago Bound by Canned Heat I Dream of Chicago by The Parlours
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