Subcity Lyrics

Tracy Chapman

publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Tracy L Chapman
album: Track 2 in album Crossroads
release date: 1989-9-1
popularity : 354 users have visited this page.
length: 5:15
assistant engineer: Marty Lester
engineer: Kevin Smith
acoustic guitar: Tracy Chapman
guitar: Tracy Chapman
viola: Charlie Bisharat
electric violin: Charlie Bisharat
organ: William D. "Smitty" Smith
drums: Russ Kunkel, Denny Fongheiser
additional instrument: Denny Fongheiser
congas: Bobbye Hall
bass: Larry Klein
harmonica: Tracy Chapman
mix: Kevin Smith
assistant mix: Marty Lester
producer: David Kershenbaum, Tracy Chapman
vocal: Tracy Chapman

Cover Art

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People say it doesn't exist
'Cause no one would like to admit
That there is a city underground
Where people live everyday
Off the waste and decay
Off the discards of their fellow man

Here in subcity life is hard
We can't receive any government relief
I'd like to please give Mr. President my honest regards
For disregarding me

They say there's too much crime in these city streets
My sentiments exactly
Government and big business hold the purse strings
When I worked I worked in the factories
I'm at the mercy of the world
I guess I'm lucky to be alive

They say we've fallen through the cracks
They say the system works
But we won't let it help
I guess they never stop to think
We might not just want handouts
But a way to make an honest living
Living this ain't living

What did I do deserve this
Had my trust in god
Worked everyday of my life
Thought I had some guarantees
That's what I thought
At least that's what I thought

Last night I had another restless sleep
Wondering what tomorrow might bring
Last night I dreamed
A cold blue light was shining down on me
I screamed myself awake
Thought I must be dying
Thought I must be dying

Track Listing

  • 1 Crossroads
  • 2 Bridges
  • 3 Freedom Now
  • 4 Material World
  • 5 Be Careful of My Heart
  • 6 Subcity
  • 7 Born to Fight
  • 8 A Hundred Years
  • 9 This Time
  • 10 All That You Have Is Your Soul