Nujabes - City Lights Lyrics




[Pase Rock:]
Always in trouble need love on the double spent cake
And a lifetime climbing to the level
Contract with the devil loopholed expiration date
On the side of good people always set the record straight
Round and round the piano keys meditate
Felt in the music need it now can't let it wait
Not a secret everything is all out and exposed
It's going down like the water in the river flows
How it goes another day another story told
Stuck inside the puzzle searching still trying to get a hold
Forgotten souls got lost in the cold trying
To get freedom now they need 'em walking down to hope road
Said they hope so but it was a no go
Front row stage show well placed logo
Fancy lights and the cameras are on
But he don't care he's just there to sing another sad love song

Fade to black the soundtrack to another night
The music of the rain and the city lights
Feel no pain it makes the whole city bright
Without the sparkle or hype it's just another night

And they all knew what it was from the first glance
No excuses should've planned in advance man

[Substabtial:]
Documented on ProTools or Tascam
Struggles & hustles of an ordinary black man

[Pase Rock:]
Spin a record with two week life span
Can't find a good girl so we hug the mic stand

[Substantial:]
Not a lot of paper left in his right hand
Making enemies of folks he treated like fam

[Pase Rock:]
Stone cold solid rock every point stop
What you lean on soon as the pressure drops

[Substantial:]
Ghetto hot
Know the ledge and you'll hear the shot
But he'll never stop
'Til his name's known on every block

[Pase Rock:]
Spread my wings fly away to the night beat
He's wide awake while the rest of the city sleeps

[Substantial:]
In these gritty streets
Dudes creep with plenty heat
Pay it no mind and we grind losing plenty sleep

Yo... Yo...
Some play for keeps while you laid asleep
In the dark your worst nightmare waits for he
Anything discern, no dawn or despair
Air's crisp and calm I think a storm is near
And I'm watching lightning dance across the skyline
Usually miss it, rarely find time
To bask in blackness, hint of line shine
But in a jazz pub chilling, sippin with fine wine
Hypnotize by the strum of the upright
Feel like lost souls got their eyes on me some nights
So keep my eyes wide and move cautious
Slip and find yourself in a brand new coffin
By the morning...
Now you're the one with the night breed
You should've known better if you're anything like me
But the city lights will seduce you
Daywalkers beware if it's not what you're used to





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  1. DawnRae

    Everything about this song perfect the instrumental their voices the vibes 🌊

  2. Franco Pozo

    I wish I could find someone to jam with... this song hits so damm hard!!! finest hip hop you could hear.

  3. Heroin

    Perfection.

  4. Locus Solus

    Most comments here are about the beat and flow; the real gem here is the story within the lyrical content. Anyone who has been in dark space that this story tells can feel the music rather than jam to it. This goes so deep.

  5. Cursed Chile

    nujabes the creator of chillhop

  6. Sanjay Ramzan

    I'm here because this is the second stop on my tour of the things i'll miss when i finally kill myself.


    I found this song after you died Nujabes. You're the only person i've ever felt understood the wonder, the beauty and the utter despair of this life and your music was one of the reasons i lived another 10 years longer than i thought i would.


    I should have been wrists slit at 21 bleeding into a shower cubicle.


    You gave me 10 years more of hope, enabling me to have the courage to keep moving on and seeing more.


    Thank you so much for that.

    Please don't be mad at me for giving up hope. I tried to stay as long as i could man...

    lonely driver

    Sanjay Ramzan damn son

    gugu gaga

    Hey man I don't know if you're still alive but if you are, here is my email [email protected] I'll listen to what you have to say and we can work together in digging you out of the pit you're in. As bleak as things may seem and as foggy the road ahead may be right now, I want you to know that like all things, it will pass and when it does you'll look back and thank yourself for not giving up. Please if you're still alive, send me an email and we can talk..

  7. Mckee Ward IV

    🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

  8. Melodic Mystic

    Rainy train ride reminiscing shit🇲🇦

  9. AKAT1980

    I can't wait to get these on mp3, I've been listening to this for 4 to 5 years now.

  10. Khari

    Heard the instrumental 100 times but i just cant rock with the vocal version the same

  11. ladiesman21707

    Is Nujabes the one rapping?

    Ahmed Marssas

    ladiesman21707 no he’s the DJ, Phase Rock and Substantial are the ones rapping

  12. Rivaldo Santos

    Essa batida viciante ❤

  13. Sanjay Ramzan

    RIP Jun Seba. Almost a decade later we haven't forgotten you. I promise those of us that heard you never will.

    We never will....

  14. goodtimecharlie

    I absolutely love how Pase Rock and Substantial go back and forth on verse 2. I can't explain why but it's so natural. You can really get lost in it. Not to mention how good the beat it. Many times I've sat on the hill by my city and just vibed to this. I don't know where my life would be without Nujabes. Rest in Beats.

  15. Joel Goldstein

    This song reminds me of Europe. Walking around Paris and Rome at night

  16. william jackson

    Whish they played some this at my black history program

  17. Soulstice

    anyone know the chords to this on piano ive looked everywhere for a tutorial chords sheet music but have come up empty handed. If anyone is able to find the chords i will be eternally grateful... one of my favorite songs

    Grasshoper [{Nas}]

    Its like 2 notes

  18. tertil

    music would be different if this lofi master was still alive

    epic_gamer72 ALSO KNOWN AS THE MONK

    do not call this lofi it has nothing to do with lofi at all

    Harleyy

    @epic_gamer72 ALSO KNOWN AS THE MONK yeah people assume nujabes does, sure there are minor similarities but nujabes was clearly on his own level with his music. Lofi hella repetitive

  19. Frankie Reyes

    Rest in paradise

  20. xiRazZzer

    my favourite song from nujabes

  21. FullMoon

    [Verse 1: Pase Rock]
    Always in trouble need love on the double spent cake
    And a lifetime climbing to the level
    Contract with the devil loopholed expiration date
    On the side of good people always set the record straight
    Round and round the piano keys meditate
    Felt in the music need it now can't let it wait
    Not a secret everything is all out and exposed
    It's going down like the water in the river flows
    How it goes another day another story told
    Stuck inside the puzzle searching still trying to get a hold
    Forgotten souls got lost in the cold trying
    To get freedom now they need 'em walking down to hope road
    Said they hope so but it was a no go
    Front row stage show well placed logo
    Fancy lights and the cameras are on
    But he don't care he's just there to sing another sad love song

    [Hook: Pase Rock]
    Fade to black the soundtrack to another night
    The music of the rain and the city lights
    Feel no pain it makes the whole city bright
    Without the sparkle or hype it's just another night

    [Verse 2]

    (Pase Rock)
    And they all knew what it was from the first glance
    No excuses should've planned in advance man

    (Substabtial)
    Documented on ProTools or Tascam
    Struggles & hustles of an ordinary black man

    (pase rock)
    Spin a record with two week life span
    Can't find a good girl so we hug the mic stand

    (Substantial)
    Not a lot of paper left in his right hand
    Making enemies of folks he treated like fam

    (pase rock)
    Stone cold solid rock every point stop
    What you lean on soon as the pressure drops

    (Substantial)
    Ghetto hot
    Know the ledge and you'll hear the shot
    But he'll never stop
    'Til his name's known on every block

    (pase rock)
    Spread my wings fly away to the night beat
    He's wide awake while the rest of the city sleeps

    (Substantial)
    In these gritty streets
    Dudes creep with plenty heat
    Pay it no mind and we grind losing plenty sleep

    [Verse 3: Substantial]
    Yo... Yo...
    Some play for keeps while you laid asleep
    In the dark your worst nightmare waits for he
    Anything discern, no dawn or despair
    Air's crisp and calm I think a storm is near
    And I'm watching lightning dance across the skyline
    Usually miss it, rarely find time
    To bask in blackness, hint of line shine
    But in a jazz pub chilling, sippin with fine wine
    Hypnotize by the strum of the upright
    Feel like lost souls got their eyes on me some nights
    So keep my eyes wide and move cautious
    Slip and find yourself in a brand new coffin
    By the morning...
    Now you're the one with the night breed
    You should've known better if you're anything like me
    But the city lights will seduce you
    Daywalkers beware if it's not what you're used to

  22. Aaron Luke

    Hit this and some other Nujabes up on the train to Universal Studios in Osaka while on leave w/ mates. Perfection.

  23. Based

    thought I have listened to everything nujabes, but here I am funding new stuff.

    Franco Pozo

    this isnt even a rare song. it is on a studio album...
    there are a lot of rare songs from nujabes, specially from colaborations with other artists like hiroto and nakamura.

  24. si6ck

    City Skylines at Night and This...

    Too good.

  25. bearmonfosho

    godtier hip-hop.

  26. Luca Chard

    Always in trouble, need love on the double

  27. Archlefirth 177

    Instantly reminded of Atlanta, Chicago and Brooklyn

  28. MARKULI0

    They took this shit off of Spotify?!?!?!?! This guy died...So fucked up. Rip

    si6ck

    MARKULI0 I think they need permission from the Record Label, since the family most likely wants people to buy the music instead of listening for free.

  29. Aki

    Nujabes songs removed from spotify and it brings me here

    Tyrese Yard

    Aki Same here bro. Rip spiritual state on Spotify

    Someone

    They're back up

  30. AKAT1980

    This is that banger right here.

  31. Justatuch

    The vibe on this is smooth, the piano and bass is reminiscent of an old Laura Nyro song.

  32. Grasshoper [{Nas}]

    Never boring even after a 2 hour loop

  33. youbetterscore_tay

    D a y walkers beware if its not what your used too

  34. youbetterscore_tay

    D a y walkers beware if its not what your used too

  35. Sauce

    wakin around San Francisco with this playing is one of the best things I'll ever do

    Templar Exemplar

    Sauce I know what you mean. San Francisco is something else. I went there with friends on a band trip and had one of the best times of my life.

    Gary E.M.Y.

    I feel ya bruh from the city too the song blends in with it

    Dawson Sanchez

    @Gary E.M.Y. agreed

  36. Théo

    *If he was still around, the generation of today would be influenced by his flow.*

    ap jax one trick

    nujabes produced the beat, the two rappers are still alive

  37. JonathanGarcia mma

    Summer nights in New York City, strolling through forest-themed parks, too high for my own mentality to handle, listening to City Lights ........perfect Saturday night.

  38. 5th Gen

    Man I love this song...puts me in this state of pure bliss

  39. DJsmoove116

    This is Sage Nebulous with Lyrics

    DJsmoove116

    Isn't it?

    Dmario Henderson

    Nah, Pase Rock and Substantial

  40. Reow Reow

    I can see myself in 30 years throwing floppy disks with this shit on it at people down the street in an attempt to keep actual music relevant.

    Yde

    To Pimp a Butterfly told the story of black America in a musically and lyrically intelligent way, topped pretty much every Top Albums of 2015 list and was at the same time a huge commercial success. Bad music has always been produced, but we only see the good when we look back.

    Puppetboy Phillips

    That's cool

    gook4dubb

    Reow Reow you better start now. Radio play sucks.

    prolifik outkast

    i’m going to save all this to my ipod and pop it out in 30 years with this and everybody gonna be like daaaaaamn

  41. sabas Om

    so underrated
    respect to Nujabes and any artist similar

    Domènec Casañ

    Check out "Relax your Mind" from Uyama Hiroto, a japanese producer that worked with Nujabes and was frind of him.
    Peace!

  42. Domènec Casañ

    Smoothest hip-hop song ever?

    Respect from Spain.

    iiLeeDz

    No eres el único español al que le gusta nujabes

    Mujeeb Nizamani

    Hyderabad pakistan

    Ignacio Barrio Aranda

    iiLeeDz tal cual

    tertil

    respect from maryland bros

    MadridSoulbrother

    May be, unless I love it

  43. Benzen

    Listening to this while taking a evening stroll in central Kyoto during the gorgeous cherryblossom period. Amazing.

    Harleyy

    You just described a dream of mine.

    Son Goku

    Benzen must be incredible

    Jack White

    Hope to do that in a few years, if all goes well I can get into a teaching program that will have me travelling to japan for a few years, really hope I can get onto it

    Jamie Adams

    @Jack White would love to visit japan one day and travel myself, hey its been a lil minute any update on you gettin' in that teaching class bro?

    Jack White

    Jamie Adams hey man, I’m currently on a uni foundation course and should be going on to a visual effects degree at the end of the year so once I’ve finished my course hopefully in a few years I’ll be eligible for the teaching programme as I forgot you require a degree to sign up I believe, but yeah if all goes well then in a few years once I finish uni I’ll sign up and see what happens, if I have any big news regarding the teaching course I’ll be sure to let you know, may have to wait a while though 😂

  44. Patrick Sullins

    This is as smooth as it gets. Total harmony and flow, the real deal!

  45. raizr the hieroglyphic hallucination

    Absolutely stunning. The flow on this could travel forever with anybody, I really mean how much I love this song.

  46. JamesThereNowWhat?

    Perfect.

  47. BlackClass180

    Wow i missed out on this song on spiritual state. Man...the beat is one of his BEST 

  48. hulmad

    Rest In Peace beat angel. rest in peace 

  49. Humphking

    Miss this in Hip Hop. RIP Jun Seba gonna blast this until my last breath

  50. green jericho

    verse 1 is pase rock, verse 2 is pase rock and substantial and verse 3 is substantial for anyone interested.

    Steven R

    Thank you!

  51. KMTlondon

    this tune is not on spotify, that says everything

  52. Neo DerFreieMann

    supreme

  53. Mark Soni

    Tru hip-hop music. I will be listening to this 20-30 years from now, Lord Willing. That's how classic his sounds are now. They don't music like they used to.

    epic_gamer72 ALSO KNOWN AS THE MONK

    still listening?

    Andres Patino

    Amen brother.

  54. Jesuslizard561

    R.I.P NUJABES :3

  55. Dilan Agra

    good stuff