In the city there's a thousand things I want to say to you But whenever I approach you, you make me look a fool I want to say, I want to tell you About the young ideas But you turn them into fears
In the city there's a thousand faces all shining bright And those golden faces are under 25 They want to say, they gonna tell ya About the young idea You better listen now you've said your bit-a
And I know what you're thinking You still think I am crap But you'd better listen man Because the kids know where it's at
In the city there's a thousand men in uniforms And I've heard they now have the right to kill a man We want to say, we gonna tell ya About the young idea And if it don't work, at least we said we've tried
In the city, in the city In the city there's a thousand things I want to say to you
Writer/s: PAUL JOHN WELLER
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Jeff from London, United KingdomThis was the song that got me into 'punk' in a big way, I really identified with Paul Weller coming from a similar background. I remember him once saying he'd lived in a house 'with an outside bog' - no 'rockstar' I'd ever liked had ever said things like that before. The Jam never had much success in The USA but as Weller once said'neither did The Small Faces or egg'n'chips.
Bruce Springsteen wrote "Blinded By The Light," which was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The "Madman Drummers" line is a reference to Springsteen's first E-Street drummer, Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez.
The UK band The Lightning Seeds of "Pure" fame got their name from a misheard line in Prince's "Raspberry Beret," mistaking "thunder drowns out what the lightning sees" for "thunder drowns out the lightning seeds."