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I think the kids are in trouble

Do not know what all the troubles are for

Give them ice for their fevers

You're the only thing I ever want anymore

We live on coffee and flowers

Try not to worry what the weather will be

I figured...

  1. anonymous
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    May 11th 2011 report

    The Silver City in NYC! He's leaving beacuse the love of his life has abandondend him & now all she's left him nothing but "Black dreams."

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  2. anonymous
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    Mar 3rd 2011 report

    "leave the silver city cos all the silver girls give us black dreams"

    Silver city is Hollywood - therefore 'silver girls' would (figuratively) be Hollywood girls. Hollywood (cinema) is full of false hope and materialistic desires. The desire to be a part of that world could put someone into a dark place and give them 'black dreams'.

  3. anonymous
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    Dec 17th 2010 report

    The chorus:

    "leave the silver city cos all the silver girls give us black dreams"

    its in perspective to inter-racial marriages. In porn its common to see 2 white girls doing a black guy. Somehow this has transposed into real life where girls these days go for black men. So the chorus identifies that and urges women to leave this illusion that gives them "black dreams"

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