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City
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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 (live)

City is a song from Hollywood Undead's debut album, Swan Songs. It was first recorded sometime in 2005 but was oddly never put up on the band's MySpace page. It was then re-recorded, remastered, and intended for release on Hollywood Undead in 2007.

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
Charlie Scene and Da Kurlzz: Do you wanna 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
Deuce: (Let's watch it burn!)
Deuce: Till there's nothing left in her
(Let's watch it burn...)
Charlie Scene 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

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 in certain parts. He originally screamed “destroyed under God” and “but the war has just begun” behind Charlie in the first verse. He also originally did the screams during the breakdown with Charlie (“the city looks so pretty, do you wanna burn it with me?”) instead of J-Dog. He screamed “let’s watch it burn!” and “let’s watch this city burn the world!” at the end of the final chorus instead of Deuce. He also claims that the instrumentation on this original version was different and that Danny Lohner drastically edited Deuce’s original production for the Swan Songs album.

2007

The second version of this song, planned for release on Hollywood Undead, has only one major difference. 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 instead.

Personnel

Hollywood Undead
Additional
  • Josh Freese - drums
  • Ben Grosse - mixing
  • Billy Howerdel - additional engineering
  • Danny Lohner - production, additional 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. He believes that his vocals are buried somewhere in the mix of the “do you wanna burn it with me?” screams by J-Dog and Da Kurlzz.
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