American City Suite Lyrics
by Cashman and West

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 Part 1  Sweet City Song

 VERSE 1                                            REPEAT CHORUS

 People goin', comin', trolley car was hummin'      BRIDGE VERSE
 A sweet city song
 Everyone your neighbor                             Johnnie ride the pony
 Livin' had a flavor                                The Dodgers' old symphony
 With a sweet city song                             An egg cream at the corner candy store
 There was a certain way that the city sang         Radio and dancin' slow
 Made you glad you belonged                         Who could ask for more?
 I remember now that the rhythm somehow
 Made me want to sing along.                        REPEAT CHORUS

 CHORUS

 Do Do Do Do Do Sweet City Song
 Do Do Do Do Do Sweet City Song
 Come on along.

 VERSE 2
 
 Boxes on a brick wall
 Boys are playin' stickball
 The chicks are walkin' by
 Somethin' 'bout their sweaters
 Made you play a little better
 Or at least you'd try
 Meanwhile on the corner
 A group is singin' in
 Three-part harmony
 Was a time when you couldn't find
 A better place to be.

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 Music and Lyrics by Terry Cashman, Tommy West  1972 Blendingwell Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
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 Part 2  Hello Jack

 FIRST PORTION                            SECOND PORTION

 Hello Jack, it's good to be back         But goodbye is too hard for me to say
 I've been away at school.                When I still believe the good things outweigh the bad
                                          Think of all the good times we had
 Yeah, Ed, I heard what you said          Think of all the good times we had.
 You know that I'm no fool.

 I know that's it's changin'
 I see that it's changed
 I know that's it's changin'
 I see that it's changed.


 Music and Lyrics by Terry Cashman, Tommy West  1972 Blendingwell Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
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 Part 3  All Around The Town

 VERSE 1                                            VERSE 2

 A junkie steals, a mayor deals                     Jesus freaks, Mohammed speaks
 Who knows what's comin' next?                      The Lord is on their team
 Traffic jams and greedy hands                      Tenaments and midtown rents
 Did you read it in the text of the --              Rich and poor, no in-between. 

 Daily News, the subways blues                      Say a prayer and breathe the air
 How does your garden grow?                         In the cold or heat
 Endless strikes and the likes                      When the evening falls, the city calls
 All lined up in a row.                             But the lights only shine on empty streets.


 CHORUS                                             REPEAT CHORUS

 Something is a-wrong here
 That doesn't belong here
 People are locking themselves behind their own four walls
 It falls from the skies here
 But no one's surprised here
 And maybe that's the saddest part of all.

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 Music and Lyrics by Terry Cashman, Tommy West  1972 Blendingwell Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
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 Part 4  A Friend Is Dying

 VERSE 1

 I think of her and I think of life's own music
 At least that's the way it used to be
 I think of her and I see the children laughing
 But it's only on the streets of my memory.

 CHORUS

 And I never felt so lonely and so helpless
 Wishin' that I didn't know the truth
 But they tell me that a friend is dying
 And there's nothin' in this world that I can do.

 VERSE 2

 When she was good, she was oh so good
 You were blessed if she smiled on you
 You could be king if she believed your story
 But it was over if she laughed at you.

 REPEAT CHORUS

 BRIDGE VERSE

 The hands that used to reach out to everybody
 Now they're lyin' by her side
 And her eyes are closed - no one really knows
 If she make it through another night.

 VERSE 3

 Still most of what I love is locked inside her
 Everything I thought I'd ever need
 My heart keeps crying "You gotta hold on a little bit longer"
 But my head is sure that it's time to leave.

 CHORUS

 And I never felt so lonely and so helpless
 Wishin' that I didn't know the truth
 But they tell me that a friend, a friend is dying --

 FINALE VERSE

 -- Old New York City
 Can you say it ain't true
 Can you tell me now before I'm leavin' you
 I give anything I own just to believe in you -- again.
 

 Music and Lyrics by Terry Cashman, Tommy West  1971 Blendingwell Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


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