The song "I'll Try" by Jessie McCartney from the soundtrack for Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure features the lines

My whole world is changin'
I don't know where to turn
I can't leave you waitin'
But I can't stay and watch the city burn
Watch it burn

What is the burning city that it refers to?

Is this a real city or a metaphor for something?

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The song was originally written and performed for Return to Neverland (2002) by Jonatha Brooke then later covered by Jessie McCartney and re-used in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.

As Return to Neverland is written against the backdrop of London during the Blitz in World War II, there's a reasonable extrapolation could be made for this to be the city burning.

I can't find any reference online except for fan explanations.


There are many references that could back up the verse 2 of this song, but the two that immediately came to my mind are:

  1. The burning of Sodom and Gomorrah
  2. The burning of Atlanta

In both cases, it refers to the end of an era, brought down by fire, the end of a changing world. And it doesn't mean anything to stand still watching something that is inevitable. You'd better move on. That really look like the case here: watch, it's burning, my world is falling down, I don't know what to do, but I can't stand watching, I have to do something.

  • This song from a Disney film from 15 or so years ago. Both of those seem a little political. Mar 26, 2023 at 14:33
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    It's an image, nothing political in my opinion
    – OldPadawan
    Mar 26, 2023 at 14:58

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