The two people that I've talked to about City Love, like "how do you feel about it," seem to think the name Lydia is kind of coppin' out.
The thing that I was struggling with was that it was so specific to a woman named Lydia, who was John [Alagia]'s girlfriend at the time. And that song is really all about what it's like to be in New York City, and be subject to this kind of beautiful corruption of a woman. Not that that existed. And the struggle was, well, do I want to mention specifically the woman?
And there's an argument, when you say, [sings] city love, high as the sky above, and I can't remember life before her name. "Her" is a lot more artistic. First of all, like, you know it's a woman. Or, you kind of just get the whole, like, city thing.
And I remember flip-flopping. But I think the phonetics won over everything else. Cause that's just the way it sounded, you know?