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Jump City

from Chines by Ian Evans

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Named after the city in Teen Titans Go (where you'd go to strike out and find yourself). I wrote most of it in my head while walking around London (shortly after meeting comics legends Geoff Senior and Simon Furman at a book signing).

A couple of references that aren't easy to look up on your own:

"Karen" was the singer in my first band. I don't think anyone alive can write a better chord change.

"Ben" (R.I.P.) was a well loved musician and event organiser, who often visited my housemates around 2006. (He booked me to support Bill Drake of Cardiacs once, which was very thoughtful. By coincidence, that venue was also where my internet date took place (as recorded in the song Coffers)).


I’m a ne’r do well
But the best things in life are free
Only time will tell
If we make it in this city
We can window shop in Fortnum’s for jams and cheese
It’s more our real life
Than the bedsit we’re never in

If I slid and fell
Would you stand up for me?
And if I’m doing well
Would you come out with me?
If my hat looked naff
Would you stand up to me?
For my benefit
It was put in my wardrobe by my enemies

You’re like a flaneur
And the best things in life are slow
You can window shop for dinosaur bones
Since Handel’s chorus
All those famous pictures are free
It feels more like our home
Than the shower box and mug tree

Hail to Karen and her chords that rhyme
Hail to Ben who didn't push and made you time
You'll read about it
Hail Manhattan and to immigrants
Hail to Muslims who've been brilliant
Don't forget about it


from Chines, released October 19, 2019
Everything written and played by Ian Evans except for the drums, which were found by searching for "copyright free drum samples" and then cut and pasting them into the track.


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