Dirty City ~ by Steve Winwood 2008 - Off his new "Nine Lives" album release. The amazing talent of Steve, along with a great guitar solo by Eric Clapton, brings this tune to life. The percussion work by Karl Vanden Bossche is somewhat like that of the late former Traffic member, Rebop Kwaku Baah.
Dirty City by Steve Winwood with Eric Clapton
The gangster came to see by boy When I was working nights to pay one more bill He promised the kid a sweeter life Said, "Gotta understand it's dog eat dog out there" Well I looked in his room when I got home And underneath the covers found a loaded gun He looked at me with empty eyes He said, "It's time for me to be moving on"
Dirty city, this is a dirty town Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground
I spoke to my woman the other day She said, "I need more cash we can't pay our way" She said, "Everything gets really hard And I need something sweet, don't you understand?" The roar of the train runs by my room And on these summer nights I can't sleep anymore I walk in the streets to greet the dawn Or stay at home all night and stare at the floor
Dirty city, this is a dirty town Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground Dirty city, this is a dirty town Where's the pity, I can't move on up to higher ground
Help me now Move on to a higher ground Help somehow Make a move to a higher ground Won't you help somehow Make a move to a higher ground Won't you help somehow I need a little help...
Dirty city, this is a dirty town
Steve Winwood Dirty City 2008 Wincraft Music, Inc.