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Hong Kong is the fifth track of the Gorillaz' 2007 album, D-Sides.  It was originally recorded for the 2005 charity various artists compilation album Help!: A Day In The Life.


Damon Albarn originally intended to release Hong Kong as a solo song under his own name, but it was released as a Gorillaz song without his knowledge. However, Albarn has since stated that he believes that in the end it was the better decision. This is why Damon came out of the shadows during Demon Days Live shows because the song isn't actually a Gorillaz song and was intended for release under Albarn's name.[1]


(To fierce)
Lord, hear me now
Don't put an English voice
Crashing out into the noise
Electric fences and guns

You swallow me
I'm a pill on your tongue
Here on the nineteenth floor
The neon lights make me numb

And late in a star's life
It begins to explode
And all the people in a dream
Wait for the machine
So pick the shit up, leave it clean

Kid, hang over here
What you learning in school?
Is the rise of an eastern sun
Gonna be good for everyone?

The radio station disappears
Music turned into thin air
The DJ was the last to leave
She had well conditioned hair
Was beautiful, but nothing really was there

Original 'Help!: A Day in the Life' Version

The original version of the song (also known as the 'War Child' version) was recorded for the 2005 compilation album Help! A Day In The Life. In this version of the song, the violin accompaniment is completely absent. In fact, until the inclusion of the song in both the Demon Days live tour and the reworked version featured in the D-Sides album, there was little to no knowledge of the track's existence due to the lack of promotion for the song's release by the band. 



Gorrilaz - Hong Kong

Early version of Hong Kong from Help!: A Day in the Life.


Hong Kong

D-Sides version


Gorillaz Hong Kong HD 1080i

Live at Manchester Opera House