The Dead Ships lead singer Devlin McCluskey lost his best friend to suicide, and that was very much on his mind when he wrote "Citycide."
On a visit to San Francisco, McCluskey got an informal tour of the city from a friend, who pointed out that the Golden Gate Bridge was the second-biggest suicide spot in the world (the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in China is the most popular). And curiously, the vast majority of jumpers do so off the side of the bridge that faces the city, not the side that faces the ocean. Thus the line, "Everybody jumps off the city side."
"there was something very poetic, very sad about the fact that, instead of jumping off on the side facing the ocean, the side facing the water, everyone jumps off with one last look at the city," Devlin said in his Songfacts Interview
. "Like they're sending a message to the city, saying goodbye to it."