This was on a scrap of paper on my wall for months. It was part of an attempt at new songwriting processes. I’m not sure whether it worked or not. The passage still describes Chicago, even if the characters have changed a bit.
“A commonly observed phenomenon: during the early evening hour, trains, crowded, predominantly by young white men carrying attache cases, pass trains headed in the opposite direction, crowded, predominantly by middle-aged black women carrying brown paper bags. Neither group, it appears, glances at the other.”