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Sin of the City
Duran the wedding albumC edited
song by Duran Duran
Released 1993
Recorded 1991-93
Genre Pop
Length 7:14
Label Capitol Records / EMI
Producer(s) Duran Duran
John Jones
Duran Duran

"Sin of the City" is a song by Duran Duran, released on The Wedding Album by EMI in 1993.

About the song Edit

Written by Duran Duran, the song was produced by John Jones who had previously worked on other band projects including the Liberty and early live shows.

The song is about the Happy Land Fire, which was an arson fire that killed 87 people in an unlicensed social club in New York City, USA on 25 March 1990. Most of the victims were ethnic Hondurans celebrating Carnival. Unemployed Cuban refugee Julio Gonalez whose former girlfriend was employed at the club was arrested shortly after and convicted of murder. The lyrics of the song read "Only five people came out alive the sin is that 89 died", when the actual number of people killed was 87.

The topical nature of the lyrics reflected the growing maturity of the band's writing at the time, tackling real world issues in a more direct, stark, and gritty style.

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Lyrics Edit

Coatcheck girl up in happyland has a violent row with a cuban man 

Julio leaves in a drunken rage comes back with the gasoline 

The club had no fire exit the club only had one door 

Only five people came out alive the sin is that 89 died 

89 dead, 89 dead, 89 dead, 89 dead 

The sin is that a year and a half before the fire chief's out and he's raising cain 

Brands happyland hazzard close down but no no one never paid him no mind 

No one ever paid him no mind, no one ever paid him no mind, no one ever paid no 

Never paid, never paid no no no 


City living heavy trouble city living rough we are given angry hearts but anger's not enough 

(The sin of the city, the sin of the city) 

City living heavy trouble city living rough 

(The sin of the city, the sin of the city) 

We are given angry hearts but anger's not enough 


Daily news reviews the landlords life found six thousand code violations light 

The city has more hundred thousand wars all for one of Forbes four hundred whores 

Just one firecracker on a big bonfire a self serving penny pinching wiseguy style 

Never allowing for the human condition, never allowing for the human condition 

Never allowing for the human condition the sin is that these guys survived 


City living heavy trouble city living rough we are given angry hearts but anger's not enough 

(The sin of the city, the sin of the city) 

City living heavy trouble city living rough 

(The sin of the city, the sin of the city) 

The sin of the city yeah 

City living heavy trouble city living rough 

Stop killing your people now 

We are given angry hearts but anger's not enough 

Stop wasting your people now 

City living heavy trouble city living rough You're shooting your people up 

We are given angry hearts but anger's not enough 

The sin of the city yeah 

City living heavy trouble city living rough 

Stop killing your people now 

We are given angry hearts but anger's not enough 

You're wasting your people yea 

City living heavy trouble city living rough we are given angry hearts but anger's not enough

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