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City
City
Length: 3:34
Released: September 2, 2008
Writers: Charlie Scene, Deuce,
Johnny 3 Tears
Producers: Deuce, Danny Lohner
Key: F minor
Tempo: 155 BPM
Album: Hollywood Undead
Swan Songs
Desperate Measures

City is a song from Hollywood Undead's debut album, Swan Songs.

Official Lyrics

Deuce: (Let's watch it burn...)
(Let's watch it burn...)
Let's watch this city burn the world

Let's watch this city burn
From the skylines on top of the world
Till there's nothing left in her
Let's watch this city burn the world

Charlie Scene: My body doused in ash with two empty cans of gas
The only evidence they have is a police sketch of my mask
And it's hard at times to ask if you can save my heart for last
And it's hard to face the facts when the darkness fades to black
It's not just make-believe when they make me take a seat
And they put amphetamines in the air and make me breathe
So come on and grab your children, look out for burning buildings
And villains who pillage, they're killing by the millions
And billions of people die for a lost cause
So now I pray to my nation destroyed under God
Deuce: (It's the end of the world)
Charlie Scene: All my battles have been won but the war has just begun!

Deuce: Let's watch this city burn
From the skylines on top of the world
Till there's nothing left in her
Let's watch this city burn the world

Johnny 3 Tears: The city looks so pretty, do you wanna burn it with me
Till the skies bleed ashes and the fucking skyline crashes?
They catch us with matches and ignite the flame
And all the hopes of a youth deemed fucking insane
They say: "take the pill, in God we trust, go and kill, God loves us
As in life, as in death, breathing till there is no breath!"
I will not die in the night but in the light of the sun
With the ashes of this world in my lungs
But who am I to say? Let’s all just run away
Deuce and Johnny 3 Tears: Grab your saints and pray and we'll burn this world today!
Deuce: (It's the end of the world)
Johnny 3 Tears: As in heaven, as on earth, we’ve been dead since our birth

Deuce: Let's watch this city burn
From the skylines on top of the world
Till there's nothing left in her
Let's watch this city burn the world

(Let's watch it burn...)
(Let's watch it burn...)

J-Dog: The city looks so pretty, do you wanna burn it with me?
The city looks so pretty, do you wanna burn it with me?
The city looks so pretty, do you wanna burn it with me?
The city looks so pretty, do you wanna burn it with me?

Charlie Scene: We'll use the trees as torches
Da Kurlzz and J-Dog: (Do you wanna burn it with me?)
Charlie Scene: We'll flood the streets with corpses
Da Kurlzz and J-Dog: (Do you wanna burn it with me?)
Charlie Scene: We'll watch the city fucking bleed
Da Kurlzz and J-Dog: (Do you wanna burn it with me?)
Charlie Scene: And bring the world to its knees
Da Kurlzz: (Do you wanna burn it with me?)
Charlie Scene: (Burn it with me!)

Deuce: Let's watch this city burn
From the skylines on top of the world
Till there's nothing left in her
Let's watch this city burn the world

Let's watch this city burn
(Let's watch it burn...)
From the skylines on top of the world
Da Kurlzz: (Let's watch it burn!)
Deuce: Till there's nothing left in her
(Let's watch it burn...)
Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, and Deuce: Let's watch this city burn the world!

Deuce: (Let's watch it burn...)
(Let's watch it burn...)
Let's watch this city burn the world

Background vocals

  • Charlie Scene sings the entire chorus with Deuce.
  • Deuce screams "do you wanna burn it with me?" behind J-Dog every time he says it.

Original versions

2005

The 2005 version of the song was never released to the public. However, Shady Jeff has confirmed that he had vocals on this version of the song, along with the released one.

2007

The original version of this song, planned for release on Hollywood Undead, has only two known differences. The lyric booklet for that album states that Deuce and Johnny 3 Tears were the performers of the third verse, while the released version has Charlie Scene and J-Dog as the performers of it. It also states that Johnny originally screamed “and we’ll burn this world today!” during his verse while Deuce does it on the released version.

Personnel

Hollywood Undead
Additional
  • Josh Freese - drums
  • Ben Grosse - mixing
  • Billy Howerdel - additional engineering
  • Danny Lohner - engineering, programming

Trivia

  • This song was intended for release on Hollywood Undead, but the original version was never leaked.
  • A live version of this song is featured as a bonus track on Desperate Measures.
  • Shady Jeff has stated that he is featured on the released version of this song, although it is unknown which scream(s) is his.

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