“This City” Lyrics by Steve Earle

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6 thoughts on ““This City” Lyrics by Steve Earle

  1. A few corrections:
    “As everybody around HERE knows
    Except a PRAYER…

    Lower 9, CENTRAL CITY, UPTOWN

  2. I’m doing it by ear too, but I’m familiar with the southern speech. To my ear, he says at #4, “we (or we’ll) just carry on diggin’ our graves, in solid marble above the ground.”

    At the next to last:

    ‘This city will never die
    Just as long as her heart beats strong
    Like a second line steppin’ high
    Raisin’ hell as we roll along”

    And it’s “Lower 9th” (as in ward) not Lower 9, I think.

    See if that works. Thanks.

    • its a simple 3 chorder (D G A) – the trick is he does it in an open D tuning. Try it.

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