My City Was Gone

Album: Learning To Crawl (1984)
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  • I went back to Ohio
    But my city was gone
    There was no train station
    There was no downtown
    South Howard had disappeared
    All my favorite places
    My city had been pulled down
    Reduced to parking spaces
    A, o, way to go Ohio

    Well I went back to Ohio
    But my family was gone
    I stood on the back porch
    There was nobody home
    I was stunned and amazed
    My childhood memories
    Slowly swirled past
    Like the wind through the trees
    A, o, oh way to go Ohio

    I went back to Ohio
    But my pretty countryside
    Had been paved down the middle
    By a government that had no pride
    The farms of Ohio
    Had been replaced by shopping malls
    And Muzak filled the air
    From Seneca to Cuyahoga falls
    Said, a, o, oh way to go Ohio Writer/s: CHRISTINE HYNDE, DAVE BROCK, N. TURNER
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 29

  • Todd from FlIf you haven’t lived in Akron just Fuc& off!
  • Heather from Los AngelesThe lyrics are really good but I can't stand the tune. And to Anonymous below, Hynde CANNOT KEEP Limbaugh from using it as long as royalties are paid. It's got NOTHING to do with respect but has to do with the law. And the law is something both Limbaugh and Trump don't respect at all. Especially when it applies to them. Or hadn't you noticed, Ace?
  • F.j. from OhioSummit Mall was built to the far west of Akron and I think she was referring also to that mall (as well as Chapel Hill Mall.) But Seneca, where ? Btw, I think Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot, I'm sorry he ever used that song and got behind a microphone to spew out his divisive, hateful, reactionary drivel. ' They're coming to take me away, ' from Napoleon the 13th would be more appropriate -
  • Rs from NzSandy,
    That’s not what Chrissie says in the Songfscts interview above.
    Limbaugh and Hynde have radically different political views, but she cannot stop him from using the song as long as the show continues to pay royalties, and has no interest in doing so.

    In a 2017 Songfacts interview with Chrissie Hynde, she explained that she has never heard Limbaugh's show, and being a resident of England, she wasn't even aware of him. When she learned about it, she made sure that any royalties from Limbaugh's use of the song go to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

    "So many people told me to stop him, that it kind of irritated me," said Hynde. "I don't like being told what to do. I'm sure they had good reason for it, although I still haven't heard his show and I think he's off the air now."

    When we informed her that Limbaugh was still broadcasting, she said, "A lot of shock jocks, I guess that's what they're called, they stir up a certain dialog with people and I think we're going to see that now with the current president [Donald Trump]. It's certainly not a good time for people to be complacent."
  • AnonymousHer Dad was a fan of Rush's and that is why she continues to allow Rush to use it. It's called respect!
  • Sandy Jordan from CaIts unfortunate how liberal writers taint these articles. The reason i looked up the lyrics to this song to begin with was because ive always loved the intro and have never known where it came from. I was listening to Rush’s show today, and they ran a whole piece on the explanation of its origin. Its quite a different take on it. An explanation of why Chrissie allowed the music to be played all of these yrs was presented today, and it certainly wasnt because some royalties law had her over a barrel. It was because her beloved father loved Rush Limbaugh, and it would have brought him joy to hear his daughter’s band’s intro every day on Rush’s show. So she honors her father’s memory, putting her own preferences aside. Also, Chrissie seems to be of a rational mind that understands we all can b of different persuasions, but all people should be afforded respect to have their own opinions. So kudos to you,Chrissie, from a Republican woman in her 70’s to a Democratic woman in the same general age bracket.

    Socialism will remove freedom from your vocabulary, and you’ll b told what you can do, what u can make, what you can buy, and who owns you. Your freedom to have your own opinions will ultimately be taken totally from you. We are already “shamed” in this society for too many irrational reasons. Please research this and know that Socialism soon becomes Comminism, and then we’re all toast.
  • Rebekah Dahl from FloridaLots of people here speaking out against a radio host they've never bothered to listen to themselves. I would challenge any of those folks to listen to him for a few weeks. I bet you start looking at politics much differently by them time those few weeks are up. You won't do it though, because liberals are in fact the closed-minded hateful ones in our society. I'd also challenge anyone to prove rush is "racist." In fact his own producer - who is black - has an open challenge to anyone who wants to come and debate him about his bosses alleged racism. To date, nobody has accepted.
  • Doug from Dearborn, MiSomeday Rush will be gone. I'll miss him. Then the song will be difficult to listen to.
  • Mike from Berkeley, CaAmazing that Chrissie wrote that "...The farms of Ohio / Had been replaced by shopping malls...", and this is exactly the kind of 'development' that Limbaugh and his funders support. Way to go.
  • Dane from Green Cove Springs Fla., FlNever mind the political stuff.Just groove on the awesome bass line & the twangy guitar.
  • Brad from Long Island, NyHey Ash, don't beleive all the hype, listen to the guys show just one time, you wont ever hear a hateful word come from the guy, except his disdain for socialism/liberalism. You can disagree with his politics if you want, but most of the lies regarding Rush are about him,not from him.
  • Bryan from Atlanta, GaSadly, the song acknowledges a universal truth: You can never go home again. What you call "home" is in the past and will never be again. Time moves on and life goes on. To the political wailing and gnashing of teeth about Rush's use of this great song: This is America, folks. Land of the somewhat free and home of the somewhat brave. Libs, where is your compassion and tolerance for all viewpoints? Hmmmmm?
  • Biff from Doylestown, PaI would imagine that Chrissy Hynde is rich, we know she's successful in ways most of us can only imagine. She is living the American dream thanks to capitalism (apparently someone wants to buy her product) and freedom. Now they say she's opened up a restaurant presumably for further personal wealth enhancement. That's great....same vision of the country as Rush. Radically different views indeed. Biff, Doylestown, PA
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhShe's dead on about the urban sprawl and pollution. It's actually a pretty sad song when you think about it. Damn good riff too.
  • Sam from Lincoln, NeThe Supreme Court held in 1999 that artists controlled the rights over the use of their songs on a thematic basis. Because of this, Rush Limbaugh was forced to stop using "My City Was Gone" until he and Chrissie Hynde came to an agreement. She gets half a million dollars per year from Limbaugh for the right to use the song, which money she donates to PETA. It's almost as if Limbaugh himself donated the money. How's that for irony?
  • Karl from Akron, , Oh Last year she opened up a veggie type resturant here in Akron. it's nice she didn't get too popular to forget her roots..... As a story goes, a few years back she was invited to throw out the first pich at an Akron Aeros baseball game ( The Areos are a Cleveland Indians farm team ) and she ended up hitting some old lady with a wild pitch.. I can't tell how valid that story is, but it's fun to talk about. Lastly she was a graduate of Firestone High School, where another famous Akronite had graduated from ( But not the same year ) That being Astronaut Judy Resnick who was tragically killed in the Challenger shuttle explosion.
  • Pat from Albuquerque, NmAs another Midwesterner, I sure understood how Chrissie felt about Akron dying. It's those conservative capitalists (like the Rush) that are the reason that tires aren't made in that city anymore. Incidentally, I saw the Pretenders in Chicago around 1981. They rocked.
  • Robin from Tyler, TxI'm happy for Chrissee for getting all those royalties from Rush using her song. That's called Capitalism! If not for people like Rush Limbaugh, Roland Reagan, and Newt Gingrich we would live in a socialist state that would be much like the Soviet Union. Wake up people!
  • John from Akron, Oh...from Seneca to Cuyahoga Falls!!!
  • Brian from Albany, OrIts assuming that one knows the meaning of 'ironic'. Also to note...maybe politically correct venom is OK. But the song rocks.
  • Mark from Killeen, TxSaying someone should 'rot in hell' for 'spewing venom' is just a tad ironic, don't you think?
  • Jerry from Youngstown, OhDespite her views towards Rush, Chrissy and that song rock.What's sad about that song to me, is I grew up in NE Ohio and heard it for the first time when Iwas 9, in the back seat of my car, watching the last mill be torn down. B
  • Dennis from Boyne City, MiThere are a lot of good reasons to dislike Rush Limbaugh, but using a particular theme song isn't one of them.
  • Don from Phoenix, AzWhen I first heard a little bit of something by the Pretenders in the early 80s, for some reason I just presumed they were a British band. Then I heard this, and when I heard Chrissie pronounce "Cuyahoga" with only three syllables instead of four, I knew they had to be Ohio-bred! Powerful tune; good American rock!
  • Frank from Westminster, ScWow. The sentence, for playing a song you like and disagreeing with you in political and social matters, is to rot in hell. To put such speech out on the radio, is to spew worthless venom. It's good to know there are still fair-minded, analytical thinkers out there. Dittos.
  • Mike from Fort Worth, Txhey, Rush is awesome...he pays the roylaties...don't worry. The only venom I hear comes from the left...
  • Ash from Charleston, WvMay Rush Limbaugh rot in hell for this and for all the worthless venom he spews every day.
  • Scott from Chicago, Ilwhat's really sad is that the song is truer now than it was then..try driving through youngstown
    or akron now.....it's wayyyy gone now unfotunately
  • Kenny from Toronto, CanadaIt is about Chrissie's first experience back in her hometown after months of touring with The Pretenders. She describes her shock after learning that things aren't what it use to be.
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