goodnight, city

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GOODNIGHT, CITY

verse: G Bm Em C D G
chorus: Em B7 C G Em B7 Em Em
bridge:[G G7 C Cm] x3 [D# Bb C] x3 D

the streetcar is alight
it couldn't happen more than twice
& the cellphone crew is out full force
well everyone has their price
late night st. jamestown cemetery
is the only safe place to walk
& down on bay street all the angry youth
are armed to the teeth with rocks.

[chorus]
it's high time we tucked you in / & called it a day
goodnight, city, now all your sins / are safely tucked away

it's a matter of time
before this produce will sour
& a twelve-year old is buying smokes
every hour on the hour
the door to the coffeeshop
is held by a shaking homeless man
& there's a deal on a stereo
in the back, in the back of a van.

[chorus]

[bridge]
don't you care what we think?
won't you help me to take
a step back from the brink?
cause i'm scared it will break
don't you know how to take care
of everything that needs a home
her crazy talk is really a poem
she makes them up so she won't be alone
so...goodnight.

[chorus]

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from goodnight, young novelist, released August 26, 2009

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the young novelists Toronto, Ontario

Exclaim! dubbed their first EP “unpretentious brilliance” and this Toronto-based folk-roots band has won critical acclaim ever since. Stephen Fearing described them as having “tight arrangements, great dynamics, and good songs with beautiful harmonies” and their live shows capture audiences with both barnstorming singalongs and heartbreaking folk ballads. ... more

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