Tiny Cities
By: Beck Hansen, Harley Streten

Original Performance: Flume
Written by: Beck Hansen, Harley Streten

Versions:
  1. Tiny Cities (3:57)
    Available on Skin.
    Credits
    Recorded at: Beck's House
    Flume: Producer
    Beck Hansen: Vocals
 
Lyrics:
Tiny Cities [Version (a)]:

Can I, should I find my way home?
Or did I think I better go home?
All I said I needed was gone
But I thought I heard it all wrong
Can it ever be the safe bet
When they never seem to forget?
So it didn't come like you said
Will it die inside of your head?
She is following me in my head
When I am all alone
Thinking of her every time
I want to try to let her go
But itís never easy
When you think youíre never in control
Somehow you get caught up in a moment
And you never know
All these tiny cities
That youíre holding in your little hand
Put them in your diamond lights
And blow away in desert sand

It was never perfect
It was never meant to last
It was never perfect
It was never meant to last
It was never perfect
It was never meant to last
It was never perfect
It was never meant to last

Why canít I fall down into the void?
Gonna get it right right
Why canít I fall down into the void?
Gonna get it right right

Can I ever get ahead of what I want and what I need
And what I have to do to get away from what is killing me
How can I convince of something I believe and what I know
When all I see is dominoes falling over as we go

Why canít I fall down into the void?
Why canít I fall down into the void?
 
The Song:

"Tiny Cities" is a collaboration Beck made with electronic musician, Flume. It can be found on Flume's 2016 album, Skin.

In a brief co-interview with Flume, the two musicians talked about their collaboration. Flume (Harley Streten) went over to Beck's house with his computer/software and Beck recorded a lot of vocal ideas directly (apparently while just walking around the house singing). Then Streten went and chose the parts he wanted/liked, creating the song.

Beck was impressed and eager to see someone young who had such high expertise as an electronic musician; in his career, Beck may have used some digital tools, but always had to figure them out. He was impressed how Flume could utilize the tools, creating something with such a natural flow. In turn, Flume talked about how he learned more traditional songwriting from Beck.

Anyway, the song is a throbbing mechanical beat, and Beck sort of semi-rhythmically raps these lyrics. Usually with these sort of lyrics, Beck goes all surreal with lots of words, but this is a more direct lyric.