It's Chicago!

by Andrew Francis

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This is a collection of songs inspired-by and written-in the city of Chicago. If you live in Chicago then it's required, by law, that you own this album. If not, then it's still probably a good idea because you may know someone who is from Chicago, or you may even someday visit Chicago.

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released August 10, 2010

All songs written and copyright Andrew Francis 2010.

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Andrew Francis Chicago, Illinois

Andrew Francis is a song-writing folk singer living and performing in the city of Chicago, located in the Midwestern United States.

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Track Name: Mister Mayor Says (I'm Guided by the Love of Gold)
Mister Mayor says, Mister Mayor says, Mister Mayor says, "I'm guided by the love of gold!"

"I'll tell it to the East, I'll tell it to the West, I'll tell everyone that I am the best!" Mister Mayor says, "I'm guided by the love of gold!"

Mister Mayor says, "If the price is right, I'll try to sell the day and I'll try to sell the night." Mister Mayor says, "I'm guided by the love of gold!"

"Now, if I've got something that you must have, just place your bid, everything's up for grabs!" Mister Mayor says, "I'm guided by the love of gold!"

"Cause the parking meters fetched a hefty sum, so I sold 'em on a walk and I sold 'em on a run." Mister Mayor says, "I'm guided by the love of gold!"

"Now I'm gonna sell Lake Michigan, you won't be able to drink or swim." Mister Mayor says, "I'm guided by the love of gold!"

"If you offer me the sweetest deal, I'll sign anything with my seal." Mister Mayor says, "I'm guided by the love of gold!"

"Well I'll sell my children for just one thing, those damned Olympics in 2016." Mister Mayor says, "I'm guided by the love of gold!"

"But there's only one thing that you can't buy, that's my job, I'll keep it until I die." Mister Mayor says, "I'm guided by the love of gold!"
Track Name: The Talkin' CTA Blues
Now I went down to a Blue Line station to see what kind of delays I'd be facing. They told me everything was fine, that I would be right on time, as long as I didn't mind a little smoke in my face, and being stuck underground for fifty-nine minutes straight. Well, I had a little extra time so I figured I'd give it a try. I paid my two dollar fee cause I thought that'd be enough to guarantee me my safety. And then I waited, and waited and waited, and I debated if it woulda been faster to ride the bus, or drive a car, or hop on my bike, or walk or crawl, or just stay right at home. Then down the line come a rattling train, so I hoped aboard and I went on my way. I sat in a seat that was facing backwards, so I wasn't quite sure where we were. Felt like I was going back, straight into the past, before I had an ipod or a cell phone or any electrical gadget that could distract me from home bad Chicago's public transportation is. Well the train went from stop to stop and people got on and off, until deep down in the subway tunnel the train must've hit a mighty big, sticky, wet mud puddle. Came to a screeching halt. And no matter what anybody says, it wasn't my fault. I was just minding my own business. Well it wasn't long before the conductor spoke and I sure was glad that the CTA's loud speakers are never broke. He said something that sounded exactly like this [crackling noise]. I understood him perfectly. He said that for over an hour and then the power went off and people started to cough and yell, get sweaty and smell, started to kiss each other and pray out loud and bang on the doors and exit the train and then get blamed for making a bad situation worse. Well it wasn't until after the real sparks flew that Mayor Daley said, "Hey, I just want everyone to know that I think there's a problem with the CTA too!" But I'm willing to cut him some slack cause he's got a whole lot of great city improvements on track. Like a billion dollars to get the Olympics in twenty-sixteen, and making sure that the downtown part of the city is nice and clean, gotta keep the tourists happy and feeling good cause they're never coming out to the neighborhoods, riding the trains, going to the schools, or living in the city that works about one percent of the time.