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Theories on the meaning of this song range from nuclear warfare to a man's trip to hell. There's a good chance the song is based on the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, with the "Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes" referring to "The Valley Of Ashes" in the book. The lyric, "I'm gonna hit you in your face, I'm gonna punch you in your glasses" could refer both to the billboard of T.J. Eckleberg and when Myrtle gets hit in the face by Tom, "I'm gonna get dressed up in plastic, gonna shake hands with the masses" can imply how everyone in the book (almost) seems so ridiculously fake, and "I'm gonna shake hands with the masses" could be about Nick first attending one of Gatby's parties and getting to know everyone because he hadn't before. "Does anybody know a way that a body could get away" would refer to the book towards the end, where a couple characters are killed (we won't spoil it for you).

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Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes.
4/4Time Signature


The album Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes is released on.

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The record label that has released Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes.
(P) 2000 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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