This City (Original Demo Version)

by Uptown Boys Choir

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a love song to wherever you're from.


he watched the ships along the pier
coming in from everywhere
hopped on as soon as we could go
held on as long as he could dare

and after he burned down
and spent ten days out on the sea
he pointed his sails west
to where the people never sleep

he said, "i'm gonna make this city my city; my city, my home"

his son had that same restless heart
was always looking for his fit
and so he pointed his wheels south
in honest search of it

hecrossed the same river five times
and drove all through the
until he finally came to rest
under the stars and neon lights

and said, "i just might make this city my city; my city, my home...

but these cowboy boots don't fit the way that they should do
and after two years here, i'm not in love like the rest of you"

i played the country radio
until the static won my ears
i drove all through the night
and wound up back at the same pier

and that was when i learned
a hard and simple truth
sometimes you make the choice yourself
sometimes the city chooses you

and says, "i'm gonna make this boy my child; my child is home
my child stays with me wherever he goes"

this city's my city; my city, home.
my city comes with me, wherever i go.


released April 22, 2013
Music and Lyrics by Kevin de Souza
Kevin de Souza: Guitars, Tambourine, Vocals



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Uptown Boys Choir Washington, D.C.

When they aren't playing for a wide variety of other bands, DC-based bassist and songwriter Kevin de Souza, keyboardist Joel Hicks, guitarists Tony Porreco and Kate Potrykus, and drummer Ben Tufts perform their own blend of punk, pop, and Americana under the name Uptown Boys Choir. ... more

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