cities

melissa was a bi girl with dark eyes and dark hair
living next to the college farms
it really was a drag just to talk to her as she’d
ramble on while rubbing her arms

she’d come to the city every thursday night
looking for a sac and a lover
to make her forget about what’s waiting back home
she hopes that no one spoils her cover

she thought that she got smarter when she moved to city
such a night life waited for her
she found a good connection and it scared her just enough
to make it more exciting when she was there

in a back street pad, with the shades drawn tight
she was drawn to the Bohemian faction
life in new haven didn’t suit her too well
she needed just a little more action

people think they’re smart when they move to the city
with attitude providing the setting
but it’s hard to find a trustworthy friend among the evils
you have no way to know what you’re getting

people think they’re smarter when they move to the city
like they know what they’re talking about
but i just think they’re jaded, with not much to say
and not nearly enough sense to get out

so melissa acted different when she came back from the city
when she first got home i noticed the way
that people who were closest to her seemed to come last
and only she knew what was O.K.

with a ring in her nose and some new doc martens and it’s
out on the street to pay the bills
but she’s pushing the needle and was caught with possession
and the rehab won’t provide her with pills

people thing they’re smarter when they move into the city
like they know what they’re talking about
but i just think they’re jaded with nothing to say
and not nearly enough sense to get out

yeah, people think they’re smart when they move to the city
acting like they’re better than us
but melissa learned the hard way, she’s back in town
as another girl is boarding the bus…..

words and music by joe herbert, copyright summer, 1993