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This song is about cities that don't want me, that don't want you.


On an unassuming day in October
The Little Red House was crushed where it stood
And the apartment complex took over the corner block
Rent starts at $1500 for a one bedroom
You better get in line

The new locals are surprised there’s not new art, like there used to be
Lots of young people in the coffee shops, like you & me
After all, look how nice the streets are
And no homeless people anywhere, lucky me
I could bring my kids here
Nice place

Classic city mismanagement
Plus overzealous architects
Old news, the old ones crumbled
News flash, your city’s next

Kinda wild, you can see festivals getting bigger every year
But there aren’t any new local bands
And you have to wonder why
It’s almost like the people who want to make a living off of music
Can’t afford to get by

I was on a road trip somewhere new with my best friend, and turned to him and said
I wanna work part time, minimum wage, by myself, and preferably more than half dead
He looked and told me, this city isn’t for me, and to that point, which one is?

'Cause you find cheap town without a scene
Or a new one rising in the west
But call it yours, and once it’s big, you guessed it
That city’s next

Put on your tie
Find your new favorite school in the city that you moved to
Oh, you're not working in tech
Well hey, too bad for you, I got news
The fact that you want to work for a little bit of time
To make enough or have enough to make any sort of healthcare
Fuck you

Young professionals, fuck you
City officials, fuck you
You made it so I can't even find a way to
(I'll be honest, this part is gibberish)
'Cause minimum wage pays for a house with seven other kids
Who are ready to die as easily as me

And it's hardly a place to rest
You better try your best
'Cause if you find that place, guess what, son
That city's next

Your city's next

You wanna kill me
Well, I'll kill you first, kid
Your city's next

Your city's next

Gentrify and get the gun
You wanna have a little fun
You better run or do your best
'Cause guess what, son
Your city's next


from The Up & Coming Nightmare City Sessions, track released June 5, 2020


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Jordan Thornquest Brooklyn, New York

Jordan Thornquest maps his mindstate with theatrical relish & a form of punk-informed power pop that's both candidly introspective and fearlessly extroverted.

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