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"Motorway City" is a 1983 single by the UK rock group Hawkwind. This version was recorded live on the Levitation tour and released as a single on Flicknife Records (FLS025) in the UK on 28 October 1983, taken from the album Zones. The b-side "Master of the Universe" was from the same concert, but did not appear on the album, appearing sometime later on the Hawkwind Anthology compilation album. The song was first recorded in demo form by the Hawklords at Rockfield Studios in 1979, eventually appearing on the Various Artists 2000 album Family Tree (Voiceprint Records, HAWKVP13CD). It made its way into the live set for the UK Winter 1979 tour, and its first recorded appearance was on the 1980 Live Seventy Nine album. A studio version was soon recorded and released on the 1980 album Levitation, and a special version was also recorded for single release, but Bronze Records declined to issue it releasing "Who's Gonna Win The War?" instead. It remained a popular addition to the live set until Huw Lloyd-Langton left the band in 1988, but it re-emerged at the turn of the millennium, appearing on the live albums Yule Ritual (2001) and Canterbury Fayre 2001 (2002). 


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Turning star projections, voices from the deep
Throbbing of the engines, you exit from the heat
Paper on the pavement, cars crawling in the road
Emotions of the city, you ease your heavy load

Motorway City, well it ain't the same
Lighting up the night sky, with an orange flame
Motorway City, you exit on the right
Cruising on the highway, driving through the night

Motorway City, well it ain't the same
Lighting up the night sky, with an orange flame

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Hawkwind are an English rock band, one of the earliest space rock groups. Their lyrics favour urban and science fiction themes. They are also a noted precursor to punk rock and now are considered a link between the hippie and punk cultures. more »

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