Tracy Chapman - Subcity Lyrics




People say it doesn't exist
'Cause no one would like to admit
That there is a city underground
Where people live everyday
Off the waste and decay
Off the discards of their fellow man

Here in subcity life is hard
We can't receive any government relief
I'd like to please give Mr. President my honest regards
For disregarding me

They say there's too much crime in these city streets
My sentiments exactly
Government and big business hold the purse strings
When I worked I worked in the factories
I'm at the mercy of the world
I guess I'm lucky to be alive

They say we've fallen through the cracks
They say the system works
But we won't let it
Help
I guess they never stop to think
We might not just want handouts
But a way to make an honest living
Living this ain't living

What did I do deserve this
Had my trust in god
Worked everyday of my life
Thought I had some guarantees
That's what I thought
At least that's what I thought

Last night I had another restless sleep
Wondering what tomorrow might bring
Last night I dreamed
A cold blue light was shining down on me
I screamed myself awake
Thought I must be dying
Thought I must be dying





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  1. ba polo

    Mikel merci beaucoup tu m'as fait rêvait encore ) 2019❤❤❤

  2. PARÉ Boubakar Sidik

    Décembre 2019 ❤❤❤❤❤

    Aha Argo

    PARÉ Boubakar Sidik same here

  3. SESAY ABUBAKARR

    Tracy Chapman where is she now?
    I like your voice so much

  4. sylvain laverdure

    je t'aime TRACY DEPUIS TOUJOURS merci DJAMAL de me l'avoir fait découvrire dans ta caisse!!!il y a 30ans déjà big up a toi et merci elle ne me quite jamais et j'éspère quelle est éternelle MADAME CHAPMAN

  5. Paul Davidson

    you know this fucking song if you ever heard it

  6. Nigel Benchoff

    What an amazing song, she is so talented and beautiful inside and out. I hope our country and world can pull out of these dark times.

  7. GWEHN MANAMELA

    The best unique voice in 2019, still. The message in the song still relevant. Thankyou TC. Sending my regards to many African presidents for disregarding us. They still bow to the west, run to the west like sick puppies, go to hospitals in the west when they are sick, take their children to western universities, loot money and save it in Switzerland. Won't you please, African presidents.....

  8. Janet Harriman

    As relevant today as it was when I listened to her on demos in the 80s. Fantastic musician and lyricist. Thank you Tracy

    Praise Harry

    One of the purest soul of our generation...

  9. Deya Ahmedou

    Simplemente super estrella

  10. DAVID KANGOGO

    Eldoret, KE

  11. donald ekpe

    Tracy is in my top 5 list of best song writers ever.

  12. Anita Scholander

    Love you Tracy

  13. Ritesh Hurryjith

    Life is hard,yes Tracy.Trust in god and the presidents that take us for a joke will pay.I am watching it right now.My best song is SHES GOT A TICKET.Love it.

  14. Maryannick JOUSSET

    Je l'adore je l'écoute tous les matins ça m'apaise et beaucoup de sérénité et j'utilise ses chansons pour mon protocole du massage Californien ça voix est apaisante

  15. Oumarou Yaya

    Ce kool...

  16. JayPretz Gocela

    Here in phillippines life is hard 😴

  17. Eric Abogo

    Sweet...☺

  18. Adithian Karuvannur

    I Loove Tracy Chapman

  19. Régis TEKO

    Tracy, eh Tracy !!!

  20. Bernadette Bernadette

    For the one and only Ray Stolzenburg 💓

  21. Jailson Souza

    Tracy quê voz gostosa de ouvir

  22. Mate Palavecino

    Gracias x tus canciones

  23. さるちやんSaru-chan

    People say it doesn't exist 
    'Cause no one would like to admit 
    That there is a city underground 
    Where people live everyday 
    Off the waste and decay 
    Off the discards of their fellow man

    Here in subcity life is hard 
    We can't receive any government relief 
    Won't you please, please give the President my honest regards 
    For disregarding me

    They say there's too much crime in these city streets 
    My sentiments exactly 
    Government and big business hold the purse strings
    When I worked I worked in the factories 
    I'm at the mercy of the world 
    I guess I'm lucky to be alive

    Here in subcity life is hard 
    We can't receive any government relief 
    Won't you please, please give the President my honest regards 
    For disregarding me

    They say we've fallen through the cracks 
    They say the system works 
    But we won't let it help 
    I guess they never stop to think 
    We might just want handouts 
    Way to make an honest living 
    Living this ain't living

    Here in subcity life is hard 
    We can't receive any government relief 
    I'd like to please, please give the President my honest regards 
    For disregarding me

    What did I do deserve this 
    Had my trust in god 
    Worked everyday of my life 
    Thought I had some guarantees 
    That's what I thought 
    At least that's what I thought

    'Cause here in subcity life is hard 
    We can't receive any government relief 
    I'd like to please give the President my honest regards 
    For disregarding me

    Last night I had another restless sleep 
    Wondering what tomorrow might bring 
    Last night I dreamed 
    A cold blue light was shining down on me 
    I screamed myself awake 
    Thought I must be dying, dying
    Thought I must be dying, dying

    'Cause here in subcity life is hard 
    We can't receive any government relief 
    I'd like to please give the President my honest regards 
    Oh, for disregarding me 
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me

    Firewater

    Thanks 🤩

    さるちやんSaru-chan

    @Firewater my pleasure^^

  24. Marcia Veronica

    Simplesmente amo ❤️❤️❤️

  25. Roberto Mena

    I wonder if Tracy would care to marry me. She's at
    The height of life. Only 55 and I'm 75. So we would have 20 years of indescribable bliss, love and respect

  26. Roman Riquelme

    Tracy Chapman - Subcity (1989) 2019?

  27. Karmen Jazbec

    tracy just sing for me

  28. Shaun Williams

    the best music I ever listern to it ever since I was teenager 70&80s

  29. Arte Case

    I Love Artist!

  30. Esther Thian

    Undoubtedly one if not Tracy's best!!! And never understood why many confused Tracy's voice with that of a man's Women have strong voices too which convey much meaning.....

  31. Tapiwa Mputero

    What a song. Loving it

  32. Marion Rt

    😍❤

  33. Fred Ringuetgcbat

    On est pas capable en France de lui faire une promo sur tout le territoire que nous arrivent ils on est si mauvais en organisation d'événements ou l'argent compte en permanence dieu que non elle chante avec son cœur croyez moi

  34. chamye fadel

    Tracy Chapman : ma préférée !!!! Perle dans sa coquille nacré...!! Fadel Algiers..

  35. casa nyouse

    💚💛👍👌👏👏👏

    Josiane Agathe

    Casa nyouse ❤😍😘❤💞tracy chapmam grande artiste célèbre pleins des talents voix unique des doigts magique wouahou 🎸

  36. DAMIR DELIC

    Please , TC must be member of music Hall of fame.She is super super super musician....

  37. Javier Alejandro Vega

    Tracy Chapman por dios...que nostalgia!!!

  38. Char Lotte

    We analysed this song in an English exam one or two years (English is my second language). Pretty cool song.

  39. Joanna Campbell

    Never more relevant than now in 2019

  40. leedscab123

    This song and baby can i hold you are 2 of the best songs i think she has ever done, the music, lyrics and of course the sublime voice that Tracy has are just perfect.

  41. linna magalhaes

    Love you

  42. Angela Maria

    Boa música em adoro

  43. steeden54

    She could have written this today. It completely describes the current incumbent of the office, and the situation in American society.

  44. Sellina Mkweteza

    One of my best artist there is

  45. DJ Papy Tubadi Image Pro

    Ma star prefere

  46. damien aspin

    i guess they never stop to think
    we might not just want handouts
    but a way to make an honest living
    living this ain't living


    I love this bit, they think us on the bottom rung of society want our cake and eat it. No we just want our dignity and a fucking life worth living. Thank you tracy for voicing the peasants voice :)

  47. Veronica Chesters

    I grew up listening 2this lady!!!...her lyrics are diamond!!, I still listen 2her, as she makes soooo much sense! X

  48. Darren Burnside

    👍👍😁 love you Tracy xx

  49. Driver Komangady

    Nice song,,

  50. Julio Araújo

    Linda voz.

  51. thomas Mccann

    On the street reality true wah wah.who r u.

  52. Hufc 1908

    Legend! Paints a picture of struggle, sadness and pain!

  53. Karie Hollingsworth

    Listening????2019 sotrue

  54. Josiane Agathe

    Happy birdhay too you traaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacy Chapman pour tes 1 an de plus 1964/2019 🎂🎂🙏😘

  55. Memories Still

    Happy 55th birthday to you Gorgeous 🙏🙏🙏
    Thank U for the awesome songs ❤️😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘
    More graceful years ahead for you, in Jesus precious name Amen 🙏

    Josiane Agathe

    1964 born une grande artiste pleins des talents voix unique et des doigts magique 2019 happy birdhay too you traaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacy Chapman 🎂 🎂🙏

    Josiane Agathe

    Thanks mémorises still ❤🙏😘

    Josiane Agathe

    Thanks memories still 💗😘🙏❤💕

  56. MisticRose EdeyoWedo

    Happy! Happy! 🎂 Birthday Tracy!! 55 young.

    Josiane Agathe

    Happy birdhay too you traaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacy 🎂🎂🙏 pour ses 55ans 🎂

    Josiane Agathe

    Mistic rose edeyowedo 😘😁👍💗🙏

  57. nii adjei laryea

    2019 still going strong, lovely.

    Josiane Agathe

    2019 happy birdhay too you traaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacy 🙏Chapman 🎂

  58. Thierry PETIT

    ces magnifique et on se laisse trempoter par la musique merci Tracy

  59. Philmore Daniel

    Yes black sister. Greatness is in your blood.

    Paul Smith

    Sure she will appreciate thst

  60. Josiane Agathe

    🎸🎸🎸harmonica belle voix des doigts magique merci beaucoup pour tout traaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacy Chapman 😘🎸👍💕🎸🎸🎸

  61. Arthur Bakimbi

    Merci Tracy Chapman pour tes belles mélodies tu chante très bien

  62. Darren Burnside

    I have grown up with Tracey Chapman in life, she sorts my head out listeting to her she makes me feel better what ever life's shit throws at me ! Darren Burnside ,Toronto, England. X

  63. Julie Obrien

    Tracy Chapman have loved her music since the 80s. This woman has got me through some of the hardest times of my life. Thank you Tracy and God bless you xx

    Josiane Agathe

    ❤❤😘👍😍❤Julie obrien 💗

  64. Albertha Poah

    People say it doesn't exist
    'Cause no one would like to admit
    That there is a city underground
    Where people live everyday
    Off the waste and decay
    Off the discards of their fellow man
    Here in subcity life is hard
    We can't receive any government relief
    Won't you please, please give the President my honest regards
    For disregarding me
    They say there's too much crime in these city streets
    My sentiments exactly
    Government and big business hold the purse strings
    When I worked I worked in the factories
    I'm at the mercy of the world
    I guess I'm lucky to be alive
    Here in subcity life is hard
    We can't receive any government relief
    Won't you please, please give the President my honest regards
    For disregarding me
    They say we've fallen through the cracks
    They say the system works
    But we won't let it help
    I guess they never stop to think
    We might just want handouts
    Way to make an honest living
    Living this ain't living
    Here in subcity life is hard
    We can't receive any government relief
    I'd like to please, please give the President my honest regards
    For disregarding me
    What did I do deserve this
    Had my trust in god
    Worked everyday of my life
    Thought I had some guarantees
    That's what I thought
    At least that's what I thought
    'Cause here in subcity life is hard
    We can't receive any government relief
    I'd like to please give the President my honest regards
    For disregarding me
    Last night I had another restless sleep
    Wondering what tomorrow might bring
    Last night I dreamed
    A cold blue light was shining down on me
    I screamed myself awake
    Thought I must be dying, dying
    Thought I must be dying, dying
    'Cause here in subcity life is hard
    We can't receive any government relief
    I'd like to please give the President my honest regards
    Oh, for disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Disregarding me
    Songwriters: Tracy L Chapman

    Philmore Daniel

    You did a good job I listen to this sound all the time but never understand so of the words but I get them now.thank you.

    Josiane Agathe

    ❤❤❤👍 Alberta poah👍😘

    Albertha Poah

    You’re welcome 😘

    Josiane Agathe

    @Albertha Poah thank you very much Alberta poah 👍😘💕

  65. Kenny Vawter28

    79..i speak to you using the healers of tongue...
    Kenny

  66. Kenny Vawter28

    79....Dont listen to people who speak derogatory about me..
    Their cyber criminals or terrorists...they kill will their lies...they kill will their hearts...they kill will their money...they kill will their computers...they are killers...they were created to kill..they were created to fall....they were created to fall by the pen that writes I love you....the pen is mightier than the sword...
    KENNY VAWTER
    Son of God

  67. Vilmar Moreira

    Sempre gostei de música de qualidade,e está artista é simplesmente fantástica,lindo, fantástico,bealtyful....

    Julio Araújo

    Mais um brasileiro apreciando uma bela música.

  68. Klarck Essimengane

    là,elle me ramène au début des années quatre-vingt-dix,j'etais un jeune ténébreux petit charmeur quoi!?

  69. Maria Madalena Tabai-Bergner

    essa mulher é genialllllllllllllllllll

  70. Madalaeric Khoza

    This song always reduce me to tears, God bless Tracy.. May your light shine to eternity

    Firewater

    ☝️💛

  71. Genilson De Jesus Pólvora

    Grande artista!👏

  72. Alan Howard

    From watching and listening to "Fast Car" for the first time on pebble mill..... this woman has been such an influence in my life... going through the care system but knowing i aint worthless. Ive been through some break-ups and bad times but witnest the birth of my Daughter and Son. Your music, like my children inspire me to carry on... may you forever find your peace xx

  73. Nazir Kazi

    Tracy vocalises my social conscience. I owe her a huge debt.

  74. Ken Gilmore

    She didn't go anywhere.

  75. Alison Mccourt

    2019 !!!

    Aha Argo

    Alison Mccourt December 2019

  76. Alison Mccourt

    Who are the morons with their thumbs down !!!

  77. nhlamulo j bvuma khalanga

    the year i was born.....am 30 years now play this song

  78. Diego Rezende

    As músicas dela tinham que está na mídia até hoje. Só musicão!!!!

    Genesildo Lira

    Só não está na mídia porque suas canções são de cunho social, coisas que gringos não gosta e a juventude brasileira, Tracy nos reporta a pensar e refletir assim como Bob Marley porém o associa apenas ao uso da maconha como se isso só fosse o problema.

  79. Hamfantasy56

    Questa donna, questa artista è una creatura sublime

  80. Simon Schwarz

    30 years later and still relevant in terms of music and content!

  81. paul doyle

    When she sings the words "I'm at the mercy of the world"..... the hairs on the back of my neck stand up...

  82. MrSalahedien

    Seven years after Bob Marley's death this incredible artist showed up out of nowhere with the same powerful message. Should've been a multi-generational artist like Marley, Springsteen and Dylan but somehow fell through the cracks in a musical climate crawling with forgettable and disposable hip hop, autotuned Disney princesses and X-Factor amateurs. But in 1988 this was a musical revolution unlike anything I had ever experienced. A once in a lifetime genius

    Nunya Damn Bidness

    Uh she was. 80s 90s 00s. Grammy

  83. SANDRA MARIA SILVA

    Amo essa cantora. Músicas maravilhosa. The best!!!

    Julio Araújo

    Top mil!!!

  84. Françoise Hannon

    dans un joli monde souvent tu nous emménes

  85. bev Edwards

    Love this x

  86. Ronald Dump

    Thanks tracey . Nice song .

  87. Nomawetu Nogaga

    She still does it for me😘

  88. Nazir Kazi

    She is a beacon of truth and honesty that has no equal. Thank you Tracy, for crafting my soul and for your contributions towards making me who I am.

  89. Josiane Agathe

    Tracy d'amour merci bookou pour tout 🎼👏😘 belle voix trop toooooooop 👍😘

  90. George Siriani

    Puta sonzeira......rsrsrsrs

  91. Edna Maria

    Adoro essa música só fã dela de carteirinha ela tem uma voz linda de mais tenho maior vontade de conhecer pessoalmente moro em Vitória da conquista quero realizar meu sonho de poder conhecer curto dês de quando ela fez sucesso meu ZAP e 77 9 88454626

  92. Jo McMahon

    This song means as much in the present day as it did the day she wrote it.

  93. Tadi Yerima

    True legend, love dis song,

  94. Aaron Allan

    hey tracey i love your music
    i come from an aboriginal community. Subcity you sing about real life. this was my life and still is for a lot of kids where i come from. our mission is called Walhallow. this government doesn't give a shit about us. never has and never will. I feel your pain we live through it every day

  95. Kehinde Adigun

    She's so down to earth...a revolutionalist to d core

  96. عالم الحاسوب

    By this I remember my 20 years old with my best friend aziz

  97. Paul Hermann Dama

    Are you imagining many of soul you save with your song

  98. judith maleto

    😍😍😍😍sublime