Album: Little Criminals (1977)
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  • Beat up little seagull
    On a marble stair
    Tryin' to find the ocean
    Lookin' everywhere

    Hard times in the city
    In a hard town by the sea
    Ain't nowhere to run to
    There ain't nothin' here for free

    Hooker on the corner
    Waitin' for a train
    Drunk lyin' on the sidewalk
    Sleepin' in the rain

    And they hide their faces
    And they hide their eyes
    'Cause the city's dyin'
    And they don't know why

    Oh, Baltimore
    Man, it's hard just to live
    Oh, Baltimore
    Man, it's hard just to live, just to live

    Get my sister Sandy
    My little brother Ray
    Buy a big old wagon
    To haul us all away

    Live out in the country
    Where the mountain's high
    Never comin' back here
    'Til the day I die

    Oh, Baltimore
    Man, it's hard just to live
    Oh, Baltimore
    Man, it's hard just to live, just to live

    Oh, Baltimore
    Man, it's hard just to live
    Oh, Baltimore
    Man, it's hard just to live, just to live Writer/s: Randy Newman
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing
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Comments: 4

  • Itzgorg23 from OklahomaWow, love all the different meanings of this song.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaFred there is also the old Country tune, I know Buck Owens did a version of this: Streets Of Baltimore.
  • Fred from Laurel, MdAwesome list, Dee!
    Now, OK, I know it's not actually ABOUT Baltimore, but it *does* mention the city -- "Engine Number Nine" by Roger Miller
    -- "I know she got off in Baltimore."
  • Deethewriter from Saint Petersburg, Russia FederationMore Songs About Baltimore, Maryland:

    Raining In Baltimore by Counting Crows
    Streets of Baltimore by Graham Parsons
    Baltimore To Washington by Woody Guthrie
    Baltimore by Lyle Lovett
    Baltimore by Nina Simone
    What's New In Baltimore by Frank Zappa
    The Baltimore Sun by The Jayhawks
    Baltimore by The Drifters
    Oh Baltimore by Mullyman
    Baltimore by Lee Ritenour
    Baltimore by Roy Buchanan
    Baltimore's Fireflies by Woodkid
    Dear Baltimore by Carter's Chord
    Baltimore Eviction by Roy Wood Jr.
    Baltimore by Robbie & Sly
    From Baltimore To Paris by Go West
    Back In Baltimore by Danny Bryant
    Baltimore Oriole by Bob Dorough
    Doing Time in Baltimore by Caleb Stine
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