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About Metropolis

"Metropolis" is a song by Australian alternative rock band The Church. It was released as the lead single on their 1990 album, Gold Afternoon Fix, and the songwriting credits were given to all four members of the band.


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There'll never be another quite like you
I'm so involved with everything you do
Don't say nothing good will ever come of this
Don't say the damage is worse than it is

Back in Metropolis, circuses and elephants
Where the oranges grew
And back in Metropolis nothing can ever topple us
When I'm standing with you

You stare down at some crowd from your trapeze
And when you fell they fell down on their knees
And when you broke they scrambled for a piece
And when you spoke I felt their anger freeze

Back in Metropolis, circuses and elephants
Where the oranges grew
And back in Metropolis nothing can ever topple us
When I'm standing with you
And back in Metropolis talk about a holocaust
And then visit the zoo
And back in Metropolis the weather is ridiculous
What's it all leading to

And it's only a day away
We could leave tonight
You could sleep along the way
Dream in black and white

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The Church

The Church is an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1980. Initially associated with new wave and the neo-psychedelic sound of the mid 1980s, their music later became more reminiscent of progressive rock, featuring long instrumental jams and complex guitar interplay. more »

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Release and Album
"Metropolis" is a song from The Church's eighth studio album "Gold Afternoon Fix". The album was released in February 1990.
Music Charts
The song was incredibly well-received. It peaked as high as number 19 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart.
Music Video
There's also a music video for "Metropolis", which features the band playing in different parts of a city intercut with various cityscapes.
Themes in the Song
The song's lyrics deal with themes of urban life and the need for escape. It leads to a metaphorical interpretation of a cityscape.
The Title
The title suggests a reference to the 1927 science fiction film "Metropolis", although band members have never confirmed this.
Live Performances
“Metropolis” is one of the songs that The Church frequently include in their live sets.
Lead vocals
The lead vocals for "Metropolis" were performed by Steve Kilbey, the band's bass guitarist and primary songwriter.
Critical Reception
The song is often regarded as one of the Church's greatest hits. Rhythms Magazine considers it, along with "Under the Milky Way", as the band's most unforgettable tracks.
Cover versions
The song has been covered by other artists, including Evi Vine.
"Metropolis" was nominated for the ARIA Music award for Best Group in 1991, demonstrating its impact and popularity in the Australian music scene.
Commercial Use
The song "Metropolis" has been used in commercials and television shows, thus testifying to its popularity and universal appeal.
Band Line-Up
The line-up of The Church during "Metropolis" was Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Marty Willson-Piper, and Richard Ploog.
"Metropolis" was produced by Waddy Wachtel, a well-known American musician and record producer.
Format and Length
The song’s runtime is 4:45 minutes long and is available in both vinyl and CD formats.

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