Watch Mayor Sly James Sing Bob Dylan's Version Of 'Kansas City'

Mar 29, 2016

Kansas City Mayor Sly James gave his fifth State of the City address Thursday, with particular focus on the city's earnings tax, education and violence.

But the proceedings weren't all serious. At the end of his speech, James joined the band and belted a rendition of Bob Dylan's "Kansas City," a nearly lost song that was recently put to music by a collective of artists including Elvis Costello, Johnny Depp and Marcus Mumford.

Here's footage of James from journalist Daniel Boothe of KCPT:

James admitted to members of the press that he decided to sing the tune with the help of a little liquid courage.

You can find more coverage of the State of the City address here.

Cody Newill is a reporter and member of KCUR's digital team. You can reach him on Twitter @CodyNewill or send him an email at