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The Penguin Discography: The City

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The City
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Bob Welch

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Gonna stay out of New York
There's something there that drives me crazy
Gonna stay out of New York
There's something there that bleeds me dry
It gets so bad that I stop breathin'
And then the sun don't wanna shine

There's something wrong with New York
It's a prison without walls
No I won't go back there
I just don't like that place at all
You might call it sophistication
But I say time is runnin' out

I won't go back to New York
There's a darkness all around
No, I just can't handle it
You know that place is gettin' me down
You can say it's sophistication
But I say time is runnin' out

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Performance #1:
Running Time 3:35
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Performers Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), John McVie (Bass), Bob Welch (Guitars), Bob Welch (Vocals), Bob Weston (Lead Guitar), Bob Weston (Slide), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Martin Birch (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Bob Welch (Produced By), Bob Weston (Produced By)
Appears On
Mystery To Me (1973)
Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac: Mystery To Me (0000)
Fleetwood Music Limited
Performance #2:
Running Time 3:08
Performers Bob Welch (Vocals)
CommentsBob Welch: "This was one of my favorites from Fleetwood Mac's "Mystery To Me" album. Again, I stayed faithful to the original, except for "sonics". When I wrote this song, NYC was at one of it's lowest points ever. Even my then fiance Nancy had been mugged there. The members of Fleetwood Mac were absolutely terrified to go out on the streets....there were homeless people everywhere and pot holes in the road every 90 feet it seemed. I no longer feel this way about NYC....but the song is what it is."
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Bob Welch: His Fleetwood Mac Years And Beyond Two (2006)
Bob Welch

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(C) 1973 WB Music Corp./Warner Chappell Music A.S.C.A.P. Lyrics reprinted by permission.

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Lyrics contributed by Jeff Kenney and Marty Adelson.