Beneath This City (10th Anniversary Edition)

by Summer Underground

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John The original version was already my favorite album of all time, and this edition only makes the experience better. This is an album of stories I've listened to hundreds and hundreds of times over that still make me cry and warm my heart like the first time, and picking a favorite track feels criminal. The sound in this edition is so much crisper and clearer, and the two reworked tracks maintain their original feel while amplifying their emotional impact. I could not recommend it more highly. Favorite track: City of Lights (2021 Remaster).
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1.
Now it's me whose stoned, it's Tuesday night limping home from the bar a couple laughs some drinks, some photographs but I probably won't be seeing her again Now there's a gloominess in Brooklyn and it hangs like a ghost high in the air all the fuss, the drugs, the nice, expensive stuff what are we really doing here? The lights are off in my apartment my roommate isn't home I make desperate love to a pale, blue screen and I wonder why I'm alone There was a time when I did wander like a child through your hair I lost that feeling and I don't know if I can ever find it again But I care, yes I care, I swear I care I could still be free if I wanted I could make a change and fix my head But I think that means I'd have to leave you and frankly doll I might rather be dead Still there's a void, a cave, a vacancy there in the flannel ocean bed your tiny body used to be there now I dream your tiny body there instead No I don't mean to blame it all on you now in fact I don't blame you much at all There are just some things i've got to do now and I've gotta be alone to ramble on So I'm gonna leave and you can't stop me New York never could be mind Maybe just this once we both could sleep here if we promise it's the final fucking time New York makes me wanna love you New York makes me wanna cry New York tried to keep me with you but it missed just a little every time I could still be free if I wanted I could make a change and save my life
2.
Oh, City of Lights I wake to you, curl up by your side Run to you, wake to you Run to you, wake to you Oh, turbulent tides The current flows strong at our lips Toast to you, drink to you Toast to you, drink to you Would it be alright if I lived inside you? It could snow too and I could wear that coat you loved Au revoir, City of Lights Farewell to all my disguises Though I've found some comfort here So long to bridges and gates And the color you placed on my cheeks I thought you one were mine Would it be alright if I lived inside you? It could snow too and I could wear that coat you loved Oh, City of Lights I wake to you, curl up by your side Run to you, wake to you Run to you, wake to you Toast to you, drink to you Toast to you, drink to you
3.
Stumble down the stairs with me Join in my parade the night is young and we're beginning You and I don't have to be alone You could run all night and I would follow you Meet me in the middle and we'll wander through this city like we mean it like we used to You and I don't have to be alone You could run all night and I would follow you Time is on our side so take my hand, we'll brave the rest you don't have to worry, it'll be all right pack your things and come with me let's get ready for the fight Time is on our side so take my hand, we'll brave the rest you don't have to worry, it'll be all right pack your things and come with me let's get ready for the fight
4.
Your new English stubble wrapped up in a collar built for vampires The smoke, the smoke, the smoke billows out in chimneys from our wind-chapped lips Our bodies flashing green and red Our chameleon skin They can lock the doors and shut us out But I don't wanna leave just yet My old beat-up van is parked out in the street Our carriage awaits us So buckle up, sit tight We'll roll the windows down We'll take a ride Our bodies flashing green and red Our chameleon skin They can lock the doors and shut us out But I don't wanna leave just yet So we'll drive around through the underground cause I'm out of ideas Tunnels shake, autos break When they hear what I've found Our bodies flashing green and red Our chameleon skin They can lock the doors and shut us out But I don't wanna leave just yet
5.
I'm not sure if you believe me, but there's a home in New York City for you You can come on over baby, and we can just be lazy if you stay a while But I am not accustomed to the windy streets That you walk by day accomplishing your busy, busy feats And I know I'm just a dreamer, a reluctant balance beamer living in the sky And I'm all worn down twelve flights up I'm losing time, I'm losing ground And I wanna run home to you, how I wish I could run home to you But I am not accustomed to the windy streets That you walk by day accomplishing your busy, busy feats I don't know if you're awake still, but just take a breath and lay still I will be there when the morning comes And on the bus to meet you I will dream of how I'll greet you with a smile Oh, but I am not accustomed to the windy streets That you walk by day accomplishing your busy, busy feats But if you're feeling lonely like this great, big world is only filled with dark Well I can bring a lantern and we can just go dancing No matter where we are I can dance you home Yeah, no matter where we are I can take you home If you come my way, I'll walk with you If you wanna stay, then I'll stay too If you come my way, I'll walk with you If you're here to stay, then I'll stay too
6.
We sat in chairs, in ones upholstered by my mother We sat in chairs in separate rooms Under a ceiling fan that healed our dripping bodies Our baby skin melts in different rooms Meet me in the warm rain and I'll wrap you in a sheet Sink into my feathers, melt into my skin When the barometer's low and the air hangs suspended Our siren song plays madly on
7.
Meet me at the station in a taxi in the snow They'll be room enough for you and I Show me the places that you know Baby Broadway's all abuzz now Chocolate's dripping down our necks But we're running high like thieves To steal away the time And if the morning comes to take us, we'll hide beneath the covers Sweat like ancient lovers in the savannah body heat Now everyone here is gorgeous and young and you, my love, are all undone We'll bloom like orchids in the drying sun Now everyone is gorgeous and young And you, my love Running through Times Square Your make-up runs with the neon In colored lips and black eyes Like something Vanity Fair Trip on the nightstand Closed eyes and cold hands I thought, I thought I saw you smile And when the morning takes us Everything will all be still Yeah, we'll be laughing in the silence Taking breaths to dull the high and smooth the kill We'll lose it all in seconds, but life is for the present And we've got the teeth marks to prove it all Now everyone here is gorgeous and young and you, my love, are all undone We'll bloom like orchids in the drying sun Now everyone is gorgeous and young And you, my love
8.
Reluctant stoners on the West Side Wondering how to spend a Friday night Well why don't we get all dolled up And take some pictures of our friends Well there's a warehouse out in Brooklyn But I don't really want to go I'm not much of a dancer And besides I don't have anything to wear Well I've been sweating on the subway to meet my boyfriend uptown I try not to think too much about you But it's always summer underground When just last year I used to wander Like a tourist through Times Square I lost that feeling for a while But I get it back when you smile And I guess I could be free if I wanted I can close my eyes and count to ten But teenage girls are taking over And I wanna run away from them I spent a night in his bedroom But I don't really understand his eyes So, so what if I'm still lonely If he keeps me warm and I'm alive So if you want to come I can't stop you New York really isn't mine And I can't promise you that I've changed only grown older with time But I've got a bed and a pillow And you can sleep against the wall If you promise you don't hold me I can promise I won't fall in love with you New York makes me wanna vomit New York makes me want to scream But New York tries to keep me honest And I can walk the streets for free And I guess I could be free if I wanted I can close my eyes and count to ten
9.
Hello my love, I see you there Come meet me now, run down the stairs Let's take a walk, it's 2 am I'm breathing now, delirious In these days my mind is running wild In these days it seems so hard to find you Waiting for you is like waiting for me And waiting for me is just a silly fantasy Oh how I tried to find what I needed to be happy Waiting for you, I thought I wanted to It's times like these I miss you most These summer nights when I'm alone And even though the city's changed me Even though we're out of line You're still the one that I'd run home to In these days my mind is running wild In these days it seems so hard to find you Waiting for you is like waiting for me And waiting for me is just a silly fantasy Oh how I tried to find what I needed to be happy Waiting for you, I thought I wanted to I lost my love for you beneath the panic of stars Was I wrong to imagine the way you were is how you are? Well if the morning's on your mind just know that I'll be right behind you You never should have been the one that I could say goodbye to Tonight I'm gonna try to say it anyway I can: I lost my love for you beneath the panic of stars Was I wrong to imagine the way you were is how you are? Well if the morning's on your mind just know that I'll be right behind you You never should have been the one that I could say goodbye to Tonight I'm gonna try to say it anyway I can I lost my love for you beneath the panic of stars I lost, I lost I lost, I lost
10.
The air conditioned rumbles as I stumble out of bed The television mumbles about the weather but I forget The hotel hasn't woken but I've already read their papers And I know what they'll be reading come 6 or 7 a.m. And it'll be cold out so wear your winter best When you're alone singing, silly stomping through the wilderness Will you forget all the things that I have given you, Or may love for you linger forever on your breath?
11.
You'd come around in the summer with your flowered skirts and short sleeve shirts You'd fall asleep on my couch And I'd wake you up and your legs would be so warm from the blankets you always fell asleep beneath You talk so silly when you're tired Now open up you're eyes, I need to drive you home If I get scared too easy, it's because I'm a mess I'd come around in the summer and I wouldn't even knock I still cannot believe we made love on your trampoline And I, I apologize for how my hands were cold and how you shuddered I apologize for getting old You talk so silly when you're tired Now open up you're eyes, I need to drive you home If I get scared too easy, it's because I'm a mess We'd come around in the summer like we didn't know each other Hey old friend, how have you been? And even though it's strange I feel happy that you're here And I can feel it in my stomach that you and I will come around again In the summer with open arms and wild plans to take over New York And we'd sit across the table and think shitty things about the other We'd sit across the table and wonder What do you do when needing's not enough? When needing's not enough? You'd come around in the summer with your flowered skirts and short sleeve shirts You'd fall asleep on my couch
12.
Oh, City of Lights I wake to you, curl up by your side Run to you, wake to you Run to you, wake to you Oh, turbulent tides The current flows strong at our lips Toast to you, drink to you Toast to you, drink to you Would it be alright if I lived inside you? It could snow too and I could wear that coat you loved Au revoir, City of Lights Farewell to all my disguises Though I've found some comfort here So long to bridges and gates And the color you placed on my cheeks I thought you one were mine Would it be alright if I lived inside you? It could snow too and I could wear that coat you loved Oh, City of Lights I wake to you, curl up by your side Run to you, wake to you Run to you, wake to you Toast to you, drink to you Toast to you, drink to you
13.
Draped in blue you are beautiful in the glare of the TV Come here and kiss me on the mouth I could use your company Whatever you said before about living our lives in two cities Well drink up all your fears with a glass of water Please leave the light on for me Close the door and we'll run downstairs to the blankets on the couch Stand up straight with your shoulders back Let me get a good look at you Whatever you sang before about states and flowers and lanterns, all the rest I'll keep your mind in the box that you gave me Don't worry, I won't forget who you are Someone's calling you back to New England How I've lost you once again to the cold northeastern winds I've lost you in the heart of the city Though the foreign tongues may fly, I've got nothing left to love here anymore Remember that day we spent the whole day in bed drinking orange juice and watching the time pass by I didn't mind I didn't mind Remember that day we called it a day Well you leaned forward, I didn't lean away I didn't mind I didn't mind I didn't mind I didn't mind Someone's calling you back to New England How I've lost you once again to the cold northeastern winds I've lost you in the heart of the city Though the foreign tongues may fly, I've got nothing left to love here anymore

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Beneath This City (10th Anniversary Edition) featuring the full remastered album along with two reimagined songs - Dancer II & City of Lights (2016 Rework). Thank you for listening <3

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released August 22, 2021

Grant Carey: vocals, piano, electric guitar, ukulele, bouzouki, keyboard, electronic drums, trombone

Chrissy Sandman: vocals, piano, toy piano, ukulele, flute

Michael Toth: drums/percussion on Ceiling Fan, Dancer, and Bedroom Window

Music & Lyrics- Chrissy Sandman & Grant Carey
Recording & Mixing- Grant Carey & Chrissy Sandman

Remastered in 2021 by Grant Carey

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