Every City was a Gift is a reference to a song cycle listened to on the Open Road, one with ripe, rich meaning, sung by Florence and the Machine (published May 2015: Demo version, Track 16):

Between a crucifix and the Hollywood sign, we decided to get hurt
Now there's a few things we have to burn
Set our hearts ablaze 

And every city was a gift
And every skyline was like a kiss upon the lips

And every city was a gift and every skyline

How big, how blue, how beautiful
 

How big, how blue, how beautiful

And meanwhile a man was falling from space
And every day I wore your faith
Like an atmosphere around me
A satellite beside me
And meanwhile a man was falling from space
As he hit the earth I left this place
Let the atmosphere surround me
A satellite beside me

What are we gonna do?
We've opened the door and now it's all coming through

What are we gonna do?

We've opened the door and now it's all coming through

How big, how blue, how beautiful

How big, how blue, how...

beautiful

every city was a gift

every skyline was like a kiss upon the lips

every city was a gift

every skyline was like a kiss upon the lips

And meanwhile a man was falling from space

And every day I wore your faith

Like an atmosphere around me

A satellite beside me

 

So much time on the other side

Waiting for you to wake up

So much time on the other side

Waiting for you to wake up

How big, how blue, how beautiful

How big, how blue, howww...

and every city was a gift

and every skyline was like a kiss upon the lips

and every city was a gift

and every skyline

And meanwhile a man was falling from space

And every day I wore your faith

big

Like an atmosphere around me

blue

I'm happy you're beside me

beautiful

every city was a gift

every skyline like a kiss upon the lips

every city was a gift

every skyline like a kiss upon the lips

big, blue, beautiful

beautifullllllllllahhhhhhallll

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