"Cities" was a single released by the American new wave band Talking Heads. It is the fourth track on the 1979 album Fear of Music.
Song style"Cities" is a fast-paced bass and keyboard-led song. Tina Weymouth's bass playing in the song is described by AllMusic as both "melodic" and "funky", while David Byrne's guitar is said to be jittery, but clean-sounding. The song fades both in and out with a very aggressive funky rhythm and the fade-out serves as a build-up to the next song, "Life During Wartime".
LyricsThe song's meaning is simple: it is mainly about a man looking for a city to live in, though lead singer David Byrne's surrealistic yet humorous delivery of the song is anything but simple. The lyrics are both deadpan and silly causing a mixed humor in the song. This combination can be seen in lyrics such as "Did I forget to mention, forget to mention Memphis, home of Elvis and the ancient Greeks."
Other versionsThe rock band, Phish, covered "Cities" on their 1997 album Slip, Stitch and Pass and it has been played frequently at their concerts.
Track listing7" release # "Cities" – 4:10 # "Cities" – (live version)
12" release # "Cities" – 4:10 # "Cities" – (live version) # "Artists Only" – 3:36