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Big City Cat

This song is by Steve Forbert and appears on the album Alive On Arrival (1978).

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Ah, buildings and people down under the skies,
I walk down the street lookin' out through my eyes,
I'm getting so skinny it hurts to sit down,
I'm deep in the well; I'm in the rat trap town.

Where it's dirty for dirty, it's an eye for an eye,
It's a tooth for a tooth and a sigh for a sigh,
And everything's edgy like musical chairs,
And everyone's lookin', but who really cares?

Well, I'm try'na get up, try'na laugh in my head,
I'm walkin' on eggs and I'm climbin' on thread.
There's motors and traffic and racket and horns;
My weary ol' stairway is wobbly and worn.

(Instrumental Bridge)

There a hissin' of heaters and bangin' ol' pipes,
Screaming of women and laughin' all night,
There's babies a-cryin' and somebody's dog,
He's barkin' so loudly, there's a man in the hall.

Oh..., it's some kinda lunatic followin' me,
He's down by the john so I can't take a pee.
I'm 'sposed to be happy, I'm here where it's at,
I'm a face in the crowd; I'm a big city cat.

(Long Instrumental Outro)

Written by:

Steve Forbert

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