Cincinnati
The New Seekers Lyrics


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I′ve been to your town
Ain't nobody around
I′ve been to your city
Ain't no city like Cincinnati

The first time I've been there
In the rollin heat
I saw black love spent
And angel wings
I saw white dust choke
And kill and end the violence

And I know I′m running the American Dream
Red, White, and Blue blood
Run at the seams
Bitter sweet liberty
Don′t mean shit to me

Hey I've been to your town
Ain′t nobody around
Hey baby I've been to your city
Ain′t no city like Cincinnati

Hey I run along to Mexico
Some water is cold up the coast
You know I bleed the sun
The ressurection

I run along to Ohio
Drive past the grave of an old romance
Never felt more alive than Suicide Cincinnati
Cincinnati

And I've been to your town
Ain′t nobody around
Hey baby I've been
To your city
Ain't no city like Cincinnati





Here we are...
In utopia

Overall Meaning

The New Seekers' song "Cincinnati" is a poignant commentary on the American Dream and the harsh realities that often accompany it. The opening lyrics, "I've been to your town, ain't nobody around, I've been to your city, ain't no city like Cincinnati," speak to the emptiness that the singer feels upon arriving in the titular city. This feeling is compounded by the imagery of "black love spent and angel wings," which speaks to the struggles of the African American community in the face of institutional racism and violence.


The subsequent lyrics, "I saw white dust choke and kill and end the violence," suggest a theme of environmental degradation and the harms of unchecked capitalism. In many ways, "Cincinnati" is a rebuke of the American Dream and the notion that success and prosperity can be achieved through individual effort alone. The singer's journey to Mexico and Ohio further reinforces this view, as they seek escape from the trials and tribulations of modern American life.


Line by Line Meaning

I've been to your town
I have visited your town before


Ain't nobody around
I did not see many people there


I've been to your city
I have visited your city before


Ain't no city like Cincinnati
Cincinnati is a unique and special city


The first time I've been there
When I went there for the first time


In the rollin heat
During the hot summer weather


I saw black love spent
I saw African American people showing affection for each other


And angel wings
I saw a beautiful sight that reminded me of angels


I saw white dust choke
I saw the dust from the dry ground fly in the air


And kill and end the violence
I witnessed the violence and sadness that affected the community


And I know I'm running the American Dream
I am pursuing the American Dream


Red, White, and Blue blood
The patriotism and loyalty to America's colors


Run at the seams
It is falling apart


Bitter sweet liberty
The freedom is not as sweet as it seems


Don't mean shit to me
It is not important to me


Hey I run along to Mexico
I journeyed to Mexico


Some water is cold up the coast
The water in some places is colder than others


You know I bleed the sun
I absorb the sun and its warmth


The ressurection
The new beginning


I run along to Ohio
I travelled to Ohio


Drive past the grave of an old romance
I saw the burial place of a previous relationship


Never felt more alive than Suicide Cincinnati
Cincinnati was a depressing and dangerous place


And I've been to your town
I have visited your town before


Ain't nobody around
I did not see many people there


Hey baby I've been to your city
I have visited your city before


Ain't no city like Cincinnati
Cincinnati is a unique and special city


Here we are... In utopia
We are now in a perfect place, like utopia




Writer(s): Peter (gb 1) Doyle

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@martindoyle2150

Fantastic.

@lindacowee8540

This song has great memories for me. I was about 16 years old and had a massive crush on a local boy who played this on the jukebox everytime he came into the bar at our hotel.

@gilbertomagroski872

Almost 30 years seeking for who was the performers of this song. Can't thank you enough!

@rockerbox1973

Glad you found it!

@mammamags

The beautiful amazing and very talented Peter Doyle 💖💖 ....R.I.P. Peter xx

@rockerbox1973

I second That!

@robinbarker624

Excellent find what was the a side

@rockerbox1973

@rockerbox1973

it was the hit single,Never ending song of love

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