We Built This City Lyrics - Jefferson Starship

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Say, "You don't know me or recognize my face"
Say, "You don't care who goes to that kind of place"
Knee deep in the hoopla sinking in your fight
Too many runaways eating up the night

Marconi plays the Mamba, listen to the radio, don't you remember
We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
Built this city, we built this city on rock and roll

Someone always playing corporation games
Who cares they're always changing corporation names
We just want to dance here, someone stole the stage
They call us irresponsible, write us off the page

Marconi plays the Mamba, listen to the radio, don't you remember
We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
Built this city, we built this city on rock and roll

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It's just another Sunday, in a tired old street
Police have got the choke hold, oh, then we just lost the beat

Who counts the money, underneath the bar
Who rides the wrecking ball in two rock guitars
Don't tell us you need us, 'cos we're the ship of fools
Looking for America coming through your schools

Don't you remember
('Member, 'member)

Marconi plays the Mamba, listen to the radio, don't you remember
We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
We built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
Built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
Built this city, we built this city on rock and roll
Built this city, we built this city on rock and roll

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Songwriters
PAGE, MARTIN GEORGE / TAUPIN, BERNIE / LAMBERT, DENNIS / WOLF, PETER F.

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United kingdom is buzzing to this for now | Reviewer: iain | 3/6/14

Brilliant song. It is featuring in a commercial at the moment for a Phone network. A young girl is riding a bicycle with a basket on the front with a cat in the basket. And the girl is miming to the actual track sung by Starship, along with the cat. And you thought cats couldn't sing?? Viral on Youtube somewhere.

This is an excellant song, end of discussion. | Reviewer: John | 1/27/14

We built this city, is one great song. It is just as good as Jefferson Starships Miracles. The talent is in the song. I love this song. I have been playing it for the last 2 days. It is an oldie but goodie. I used to not like songs from the 80s but I love this song especially from a group Jefferson Starship that has years of experience.

GBgrandma | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/13/13

Best song, worst song, whatever! How each person feels about a song depends on the memories evoked, the emotions associated with it, and their personal music preferences. This song makes me happy, brings back the feelings and joy of raising my young children in the 80's and the fun of growing up in the 60's & 70's during the height of rock & roll.

a tribute to the 70's and 80's | Reviewer: Remember | 2/19/13

The song is a tribute to the 70's and 80's and the references to Guglielmo Marconi who discovered (along with Tesla and others)RADiation Induced Oscillation (RAD-I-O) and the rapid changes in the ownership of American technology at the time are priceless. The idea of nameless and faceless engineers who made the world what it was to become is the topic.

re: Marconi | Reviewer: Chris in LV | 2/13/13

To the poster who said Marconi is a "throwback to the basics and roots of popular American music", you are grossly incorrect. The reference is to Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio.


Don't you remember? | Reviewer: Rick | 10/3/12

I read a lot of negative comments about this song, but if it was so bad, then why was it a hit? It's easy for someone to complain, but hey, how many of you complainers have gone on to achieve what Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship did?

Craig's Comment | Reviewer: Director101 | 9/26/12

I had the good fortune to interview Craig Chaquico a few years ago (nice guy and a brilliant guitarist), and he graciously signed my copy of "Knee Deep in the Hoopla." He mentioned "We Built This City" as having been picked as the worst rock song ever, and laughed and commented, "I can't understand that ... I know we wrote songs that were WAY worse than that!" For my money, this is a fun tune that takes me back to a time when radio was a lot more eclectic and bands more often became successful because they had talent than because they had a gimmick. I miss those days!

we built this city on rock and roll!!!! | Reviewer: Kate | 6/30/12

I love this song! Its a great song if you stop being uptight and trying to find the meaning and ROCK OUT! I don't get why any of you are trashing this song. I'm only 13 and I can get into this song. Have fun once and a while! LONG LIVE CLASSIC ROCK!!!!

catchy and slightly cool | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/12/12

I'm only 17 in my AS year of school and i have had to research starship for a piece of homework and all of the comments i've read so far are completely unfair this song was defining song for me and people today still sing it and nobody i know, knows any lead zepplin song yet everyone knows we built this city

Catchy but silly | Reviewer: Christiaan Kruger | 1/9/12

My word, this song is stupid! It sounds like it belongs in some kiddies' puppet show. Anyone who says this song rocks has no idea what ROCK means. Sure it's catchy - but if you actually LIKE it, it's probably just cuz you used to get high to it in the eighties. Both the Jefferson bands were born lame. They have no sense of momentum and their rythm is weak. LONG LIVE THE MIGHTY LED ZEPPELIN!!!!!

Terrible Terrible Song | Reviewer: Matt | 12/16/11

I am 40years old and a working musician. I only mention this due to comments below. I grew up in this 80s era. Many good bands have their terrible songs that they usually did to try and catch the wave of whatever is popular at the time. Those songs almost always sell very well and then become an embarrassment. Cheap Trick had "The Flame", Rod Stewart had "Do You Think I'm Sexy" Kiss had "I Was Made For Loving You" Etc. I can think of no better example than this God awful song. "Pac Man Fever" has more soul than this cheesy slap in the face of a song.

I agree with one reviewer that there's a lot of terrible music being made today but I sure wouldnt want this song to be my example of what is good. There's a lot of great music being made always, you just have to go beyond the radio to get it. Radio sells advertising not music. That's why it sucked then and it sucks now.

I actually use this song to annoy my friends because the chorus will stick in your head ALL DAY LONG and make you want to jump off a bridge to save your sanity.

Of course I would glady accept the royalty checks for this stinker.

It takes me back to the 80's | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/7/11

This song was one of hundreds and hundreds from the 80's, it never stuck with me until about 5 yrs ago I heard it called the worst song ever. I thought about that and from somewhere in the deep and forgotten corners of my mind I could suddenly remember a very specific time I heard this song on the car radio. I don't know why I'd suddenly remember this time over any other...? It was a beautiful summer day, probably July of 85, I was waiting at the light behind Bayview Village shopping plaza in Toronto to make a right onto Bayview Ave. I was a teen, the days were long and lazy, I worked hard and played hard, good friends and good times. I don't know why this song would bring back such a powerful and emotional memory all those years later, but now every-time I hear it I remember that day, and that time of my life, one of the greatest times of my life. Back in the 80's this song was just one of hundreds, now it's one of my all-time favorites.

Awesome! Rock and Roll History! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/2/11

Every time I hear this song, it takes me right back to those "80s days". It may not be Starships' best song but it sure gets me singing and drumming on the table! And I love it, lots of energy there!
I think that if you are twelve years old and think you can actually be a credible reviewer of 80s music....well, you sure have lots to learn and you can only learn it by experiencing life and music.
This is one of those classic rock songs that LAID THE FOUNDATION OF ROCK AND ROLL thirty years ago.
Not to worry, thirty years from now, the twelve year olds might have gained enough life experience to be credible music reviewers.
In the meantime we can all still enjoy this stuff...and be teens again if only for a short time. Long live Gracie Slick and Starship!


wbtc | Reviewer: hal | 8/22/11

Rocking! Written by BERNIE TAUPIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So why is every one trippin on the Starship/Lyrics?? Nominated for a GRAMMY ! That year ! TRY and sing this song live ! I'v heard all kinds ! Starship does this song justice a number one hit ! Who wouldn't want that??? or record this even today IF IT WOULD MAKE MONEY? ?? For God sakes 2nd worse song on this stupid fuckin list is Ebony and Ivory <<<So ..Even worse song .. I have heard a million worse songs ,, ER! Jefferson Starship, Starship ,Jefferson Airplane,Hot Tuna, Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Craig Chaquico, Jack Cassidy, Mickey Thomas,Jorma Kaukonen, Papa John Creach ..! How the fuck you dummas Americans Gonna dis ,,, One Of what should be AMERICAS TREASURE!

reply to WORST SONG EVER!!! | Reviewer: bullseye090 | 6/24/11

This is a great song, you clearly know nothing about good music. You're a 12 year old, you probably listen to junk like Bieber and Miley Cyrus and think they're the greatest singers ever. Don't try to review things you know nothing about, it was before your time. Go back and listen to your crap current pop and leave the great music to people who appreciate it.


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