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City Song (Original)

Type: Official
Writers: Grace VanderWaal, Greg Wells, Mike Adubato
Times Performed: 97
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Notes

“When we wrote City Song, I was at Gregg Wattenberg’s studio. It has a beautiful window, right where Times Square is, so you can see it all, and it’s really loud too. So, we were writing and – “lets write a song about all the noises outside, about the city” (Behind the song video, released Oct. 27, 2017)

“I always have disliked “city songs”, because I think too many people come and visit the city and are disappointed, because its not the magical song that they imagined. City Song is not about the city being the perfect song, but changing your mind state, because it’s not about the city being the song, it’s about you seeing the city as your song. … Does that make any sense?” (Intro to a Live on the Honda Stage performance, at Brooklyn Art Library, Released Feb 8, 2018)

“On ‘City Song,’ there’s this little clicky noise on the second verse; that was my retainer case I was clicking to the beat of the song,” (Chicago Sun times 2017-11-10)



Performances

2017.08.02 At home  
2017.10.07 Austin City Limits (Week 1) (Zilker Park)
2017.10.14 Austin City Limits (week 2) (Zilker Park)
2017.10.27 Q-Topia 2017 (Ameris Bank (formerly Verizon) Amphitheater)
2017.11.01 Team USA WinterFest #100 Day countdown (Times Square)
2017.11.05 The Troubadour Just the Beginning Tour
2017.11.13 Irving Plaza Just the Beginning Tour
2017.11.15 Park West Just the Beginning Tour Part of (1m 46s) Good video but sound VERY distorted
2017.11.26 HMW and Books Miniconcert (HMV and Books)
2017.12.05 FLY 92.3 Not So Silent Night (Palace Theatre)
2017.12.09 K104’s Not So Silent Night (The Chance Theatre)
2018.01.20 Private Acoustic Concert (Bean Runner Cafe)
2018.02.05 The Sinclair Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.05 Honda Stage, Brooklyn Art Library
2018.02.07 9:30 Club Just the Beginning Tour Part of (58s)
2018.02.09 Cannery Ballroom Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.10 Terminal West Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.12 Warehouse Live Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.13 Trees Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.16 Bluebird Theatre Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.20 Slim's Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.22 Hawthorn Theatre Just the Beginning Tour
2018.02.23 Neumos Just the Beginning Tour
2018.04.21 MVCC Cultural Series (Mohawk Valley Community College) Just the Beginning Tour
2018.04.23 MTV Live Acoustic (Columbia Records Studios, Lincoln Centre - Rooftop)
2018.06.05 Xfinity Theatre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.06 Xfinity Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.08 Darling's Waterfront Pavillion Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Part (1m)
2018.06.09 PNC Bank Arts Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.11 St. Josephs's Health Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.13 Budwesier Stage Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.14 Budwesier Stage Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.16 Hershey Park Stadium Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.17 Blossom Music Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.19 Madison Square Garden Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.21 DT Energy Music Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Fragment (10s) 
2018.06.22 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.24 Century Link Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.26 Denny Sanford Premier Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.27 Summerfest (American Family Insurrance Amphitheater) Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.06.29 Saratoga Performing Arts Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.02 Jiffy Lube Live Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.03 Veterans United Home Loan Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.05 Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creck Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.07 Colonial Life Arena Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.08 Brandon Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.10 Bridgestone Arena Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.11 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.13 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Fragment (15s) 
2018.07.14 Sprint Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.16 Red Rocks Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Fragment (11s) 
2018.07.18 Isleta Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.21 The Forum Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Fragment (15s) 
2018.07.22 The Forum Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.24 Concord Pavillion Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.26 Bobcat Stadium Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.28 Loveloud - Concert (Rice-Eccles Stadium) Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.07.30 INTRUST Bank Arena Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Fragment (11s) 
2018.08.01 BOK Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Fragment (15s) 
2018.08.02 Austin 360 Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Fragment (6s) 
2018.08.04 Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavillion Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.08.05 Smoothie King Centre Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Part of (56s) 
2018.08.07 The Wharf Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Fragment (21s) 
2018.08.09 Coral Sky Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) Fragment (28s) 
2018.08.10 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons)
2018.08.15 At home Part of (1m25s) sung acapella
2019.05.31 CAL Polytech "Spring Fever" Sunset Concert (California Polytech University, University Union Plaza)
2019.06.05 Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creck High as Hope Tour (Florence & The Machine)  
2019.06.06 Ameris Bank (formerly Verizon) Amphitheater High as Hope Tour (Florence & The Machine)  
2019.06.08 Amway Centre High as Hope Tour (Florence & The Machine) Fragment (14s) 
2019.06.09 American Airlines Arena High as Hope Tour (Florence & The Machine)
2019.08.10 Railbird Festival (The grounds of Keeneland Racetrack) Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.11 Orange Peel Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.13 Cannery Ballroom Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.14 Variety Playhouse Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.16 Granada Theatre Ur so Beautiful Tour Part of (2m2s almost complete)
2019.08.17 Emo's Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.18 Warehouse Live Ur so Beautiful Tour Part of (55s) 
2019.08.21 The van Buren Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.22 El Rey Theatre Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.25 The Observatory Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.27 El Rey Theatre Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.28 El Rey Theatre Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.08.29 The Fillmore Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.01 The Depot Ur so Beautiful Tour Fragment(10s) at 0:28 
2019.09.02 Washington's Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.06 Varsity Theatre Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.07 Park West Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.09 Saint Andrews Hall Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.11 The Opera House Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.13 Royale Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.14 College Street Music Hall Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.16 Theatre of Living Arts Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.17 Webster Hall Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.09.19 The National Ur so Beautiful Tour Fragment (12s) 
2019.09.20 9:30 Club Ur so Beautiful Tour
2019.11.24 Wonderfront Festival (Uncle Ed's D*mn Good Vodka Stage)

Reviews, Reactions etc.

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Behind the songBehind the scenes of the music video
Behind the songIntro to the song by Grace
Behind the songBehind the song

Singles & Albums

Release Date Record Type Track
2017-11-03Just the BeginningLP11
2017-11-03Just the Beginning (Target version)LP11
2017-11-10Just the Beginning (Japanese version)LP11

Lyrics

Fresh laid concrete
Melodies blowing
Don’t care where we’re going
But the day is wasting
Just keep moving
And take it all in

The rumble of voices are the bass to our song,
the horns are just on the beat honking along,
let’s be the harmony but no note is wrong
and let’s take the city and make it our song
Our song
Our song
Let’s take the city and make it our song

Pencil tapping
feet speed walking
cars just driving
Daydream gazing
Just keep moving
And take it all in

The rumble of voices are the bass to our song,
the horns are just on the beat honking along,
Let’s be the harmony but no note is wrong
and let’s take the city and make it our song
our song
our song
Lets take the city and make it our song

Everything going on around you,
Just close your eyes and disconnect for a moment or two
And hear

The rumble of voices are the bass to our song,
The horns are just on the beat honking along,
We’ll be the harmony but no note is wrong,
let’s take the city and make it our song
Our song
Our song
Let’s take the city and make it our song

Transcription provided by the VanderVault (www.VanderVault.org)
© SME (on behalf of Columbia); Sony ATV Publishing
For non-commercial use only.

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