Ira Marlowe (written 1984) - Lost in the Subway (unreleased)

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Write this back around '84, about my troubled teens in Philly. Just made a halfway decent recording of it. I think this song holds up after nearly thirty years.

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Here I am
I got no school today
I didn't go 'cause I know what I know
and it's more than they do
On my own
and I can't go home
I got some time and what's left of a dime
so I'll catch a train at Broad and Erie
once I'm down they can't get near me

Don't try to find me, 'cause I'm
lost in the subway
lost in the subway
and I'm never comin' home

In my mind
I hear an angry cry
I never do what I know I should do
and I still don't know why
Closin' in
They can't leave bad enough alone
Tearing me down til I'm under the ground and I
feel the roar and hear the clatter
suddenly it doesn't matter

Don't try to find me, 'cause I'm
lost in the subway
lost in the subway
and I'm never comin' home
Look for the reason, 'cause there's
gotta be some way
gotta be somewhere these tracks go

Gotta keep movin'
ridin' the tracks
ridin' , ridin' , ridin' that front car
never look back, never look back, no, no
Look out my window
I can see in the dark
movin', movin' under the city
nobody knows me, nobody knows me
But I'm.............. I'm the king of the city
king of the city
I own the city, I'm the king of the city
I am, I am, I am, I am


Here I am
words in a silent hall
hollow the ring the commands of a king
in an empty castle
but in my game
I'm not the only one
Up on the street there's an army of fools
and they swallow their pride and they follow their rules
while they swear that they live in the land of the free
I'll be damned if I'm gonna be crammed in a life that's not me

Don't try to find me, 'cause I'm
lost in the subway
lost in the subway
and I'm never comin' home
Look for the reason, 'cause there's
gotta be some way
gotta be some way
or I'm never comin' home

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from Save the Monkey House!, released February 22, 2013

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