Barenaked Ladies - Hello City Lyrics




Hello city ...

Another night at the Palace
'cause there is nothing else to do.
The same people, the same drinks and the same music,
the same quicksand
I think this harbour town is waist deep and sinking fast.

[Chorus:]
Hello city,
You've found an enemy in me
Hello city, hello city.

Second night at the Warehouse,
and my mock turtleneck just reeks.
From the liquor room to the changeroom,
to the doom and gloom
of the hotel room,

I wish this seaside beerhall would
sink into the bay.

[Chorus]

Maybe I caught you at a bad time,
maybe I should call you back next week,
maybe half the fault was mine that
the sun didn't shine on Barrington Street.

It's three o'clock in the morning,
and I'm hungry so let's eat.
Climb down three flights to the streetlights
and the bar-fights, we're just taking in the sights.
I hope tomorrow that I wake up in my own bed.

[Chorus]





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  1. rebjiii

    Great song by BNL....this one of my favorites.....along with This is Where it Ends, A, Intermittently, Pinch Me, One Week, It's All Been done, Enid , Brian Wilson. Box Set and Grade 9 and Life, In a Nutshell and Be my Yoko Ono

  2. Liam Carroll

    I live in Halifax
    But I love the band so
    mixed feelings about this song

    Mad Tom

    They played it here one of the times they toured the east coast, and it was pretty well received- they were like, "Well if you liked that one, you'll love our new song, 'Dartmouth sucks!'"

  3. Tim Vic

    Halifax...for sure

  4. Bob Continelli

    My fave BL song

  5. Ryan Brown

    just found this song, BNLs Rock!

  6. HT MainSwitch

    Lol They wrote this because they played in Halifax before they were famous .. They were treated like shit even being booed off the stage one of the night... They promised to never play there again.. They did years later and opened the show with this..😀

    Liam Carroll

    I saw them live in Halifax😂

  7. Chandler Mackenzie

    Fuck this song Nova Scotia is the shit Winnipeg is a shit show

  8. AsTheWorldSpinsAgain

    They played this in Halifax last night and it was amazing.

    Meldes Skyerose

    Halifax is like" Fuck yeah!"

  9. 4for4

    came cum :d

  10. bluenoserr

    What the fuck did Halifax do to him to deserve a hate-song?

    Tree Monster24

    bluenoserr my teacher punched one of the members in the face

  11. Alison Smith

    this song basically: "@ god delete Halifax please"

  12. burrito bitch!

    Road trip nostalgia

  13. Kevin Donovan

    hands down their best album

  14. jay jayy

    my jam when I was a kid

  15. anonymoustallguy

    That intro is SO jazzy! It's my favorite part of the song!

  16. Jeff H

    Poor Halifax, my hometown :( haha

    Roy Rissanen

    Was just thinking about this when making a video about my son's first donair... "it's three o'clock in the morning, I'm hungry so let's eat"

  17. Heather MacKinnon

    Every city has dives. In Halifax, they included The Carleton & the Palace (at the time.) BNL wrote that song after their first tour east, I believe. I bought the CD in Halifax for my then-boyfriend's birthday in the late '90s. I didn't know about "Hello City" until my brother-in-law told me what it's about. My b/f was a Hfx transplant from Montreal who turned against BNL after listening to that song!

    HT MainSwitch

    Heather MacKinnon well to be fair he wrote it because they were treated like shit the first time they played there...

  18. Tyler R

    2nd night at the warehouse and my mock turtle neck just reeks. woo ooh ooh ugh lmao

    Amanda J

    Tyler R I am freaking out. I read your comment down the line EXACTLY when it played in the song 🤯

  19. James Green

    Go Naked!!!
    Flashback.....and streaking

  20. john goodwin

    the problem is with their travel agent... Halifax is a nice city.. so long as you don't go to the palace (closed now) or stay at the Carlton... although its true the Sun never shines on Barrington St its a north south street with tall buildings...

  21. cantomagica

    ♥♥♥Love this song and The Barenaked Ladies"!♥♥♥

  22. WeakFilms Studios

    Sounds like happy hour...

    Clive Bindley

    @PolarBearGamer Yes we know!!There are 2 lines in the song from Happy Hour..did you not listen long enough to hear them.
    It's like a tribute to the Housemartind.

  23. Ronan Morizur

    Looks like "The Housemartin" ... The same voice. Love it

  24. riddlethos

    Not their best song, but one of their most quintessential. A song that is so encouraging to remember represented what Canada used to latch onto. Self-deprecating but out of a sense of honesty and growth, not a wall of sarcasm. This is Canadian art that I am immensely proud of and that we need to learn from today.

    charles hamilton

    riddlethos you put way too much thought into useless shit. Stick with criminal justice

  25. Brandon Szparagowski

    that part with the horn in the beginning is perfect.

  26. Gordon Fawks

    To those who are asking, I think this is about Toronto.... I recognize the names of two of the clubs and they still exist, though I think the Warehouse is now known as "The Docks".

    Don't take that as gospel, though.

    Gordon Fawks

    @BluntBandit thank you for being ANOTHER person who has not read comments previous to yours.

    Val Bray

    +Mathew Watts -- they must be Canadians! :-)

    The Real Char Aznable

    +Gordon Fawks This song is about... Oh wait. Three other people beat me to it. ...At different times. Sorry! Moving on.

    Julian M

    I thought it was about Halifax....

    Chris Polaris

    Halifax, Nova Scotia - Barrington street ^^

  27. navidhendrix

    Cool tribute to the group 'The Housemartins' with their son 'Happy Hour' at the end.
    :)

    rebjiii

    YEP.....Housemartins are awesome.....their first two albums are fantastic

  28. Mt Vagon

    this is probably one of their best songs

  29. shizyninjarocks

    That's the Coca Cola ball, right?

    IR's Blue Man Money® Channel

    You can’t be serious.

  30. Mindmilling

    Sir Oliver Mowat C.I. in East Toronto. My Sister knew some of them and was in the same grade as one or more of them.. Unsure who.

  31. Mit101010

    what high school is that?

  32. jklinders

    I am from Halifax and think this song is great

  33. Diane Brighton

    Hello 1990 s : Great Cool Music ~

  34. Kevin Theriault

    I, too, sometimes wish this seaside beer hall would sink into the bay.

    Jacob's Characters.

    How deep.

  35. Darcy B

    and I'm hungry, so let's eat. best of the '90's.

  36. calvinbaII

    Big hate on Halifax. Can't blame them the nightlife has got better in the last 20 years, but as Bubbles says its "gre-he-he-heasy"

  37. matt whitman

    Fave Album! 1992!

  38. Allison W

    ..... mock turtleneck!

  39. Alex Krauth

    Yes it is.

  40. stoggers

    It's Happy Hour by the Housemartins that this song takes a couple of lines from. And yes BNL and The Housemartins/Beautiful South have a very similar sound and fun approach to concerts. Would love to see both bands perform together.

  41. Moon Dog

    Inspiration*

  42. Moon Dog

    HAPPY HOUR

  43. Bryn Hartlen

    The Palace had no idea what they were doing, they played dance tunes all night then would abruptly shut it off to have a live band come on... it would not have mattered how good the band was. They drunk idiots would boo because they wanted the booming dance music back. Most people would pile into Jerry's, the a joining dance bar until the band was done playing to the 12 people who stayed to listen. Sad, but it did inspire the BNL to write one of my favorite songs.

  44. dono

    gotta love canada

  45. VersaMusic

    I don't think you understand the difference between ripoff and reference/tribute.

  46. tyzwain

    It's Happy Hour again...again....again

  47. john mack

    lol ahh to be a teenager with out bills again ........

  48. JoltZero

    When I was a young teenager, I would help my dad with his lawn care business. Sometimes between houses, we would listen to this CD, and it grew to be one of my favorite to listen to with him. Hearing this song today brings me back to those days, where working was fun and I could use my income to buy cool stuff. Now I hate going to my job where I'm treated like garbage and I'm constantly worrying about bills, but it's all I can do. And it's funny, because I think that's what the song's about.

  49. VALTER AUGUSTO

    Im gonna learn how to play this song:its in A,isnt it?

  50. VALTER AUGUSTO

    I like this song!

  51. Eric Van Vliet

    @LongHairedLoser Me too!

  52. metallicaxxx420

    it's 3 o'clock in the morning.....and im hungry so lets eat

  53. wayne2893

    I wish I wasn't from Halifax so I could like the song better

  54. Joel Lafreniere

    It is I assure you

  55. Greg

    Great song but I especially love the first 18 seconds. Love that horn.

  56. Jesse Dudas

    "It's 3 O'clock in the morning... And I'm hungry so let's eat..." Man what a great song... Hopefully this isn't forgotten...

  57. th866451

    HALIFAX HATES YOU TOO

  58. qwertyer111

    Poor Halifax.

  59. firephreek

    Sounds like the Housemartins at half speed.

  60. Sangmin

    my god...love this song

  61. David Brawner

    These guys were kids.

  62. Elwood Hemingway

    I have a will written just in case I get hit in a bus, this is the one song I requested played at my funeral.

  63. Nico Herrera

    love this song

  64. Bee Casey

    These guys are REALLY talented
    this song is pretty good but my favorite song by them is "Sound of Your Voice"

  65. Mindmilling

    gotta love their music. This was the song that made me start liking them. Was even better when i found out they went to my highschool.

  66. Hex's youtube account

    It's rater strange that this song makes me proud to be a haligonian.
    Considering it's about how much my home town sucks XD
    Still love it.