"Down Home Town *" as written by and Jeff Lynne....
The world outside don't like us much,
'Cause they ain't got our classy touch,
But they ain't good enough to breathe,
This towns good air we make 'em leave.

[Chorus:]
But it's no, no, no, you really can't do that,
No, no, no, down home town.

No monkey business in this town,
Well who do you think you're pushing round,
This towns respectable and clean,
Just look around you'll see what I mean.

[Chorus]

Down home town, down home town,

[Chorus]

We got the best town band around,
Just listen to their crazy sound.
When they get hot they gonna blow,
You see them winnin' every show.
Down home town, down home town [Repeat]

[Chorus]

Look out


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"Down Home Town" as written by Jeff Lynne

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    General CommentOn the lyric sheet, there are two asterisked notes:

    * The band on this track have since grown a third eyebrow.
    ** Wrong.
    Kenobi65on June 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhat does it mean to "grow a third eyebrow"? I have tried to come up with a reasonable explaination for it, I have looked at books of expressions and cliches, I have tried contacting Jeff Lynne, I have asked all of my friends. It's really bothering me. Is even a real figrue of speech, or something ELO came up with, If you could tell me what that means, I would greatly appreciate it.
    Grebulouson June 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthey grebulous. my guess? drugs. lots and lots of drugs.
    gpciieon January 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe asterisked lyrics still puzzle me to this day. The ucedemwinnin/"you see them winning" is fairly straight-forward, I suppose. But the "third eyebrow" comment is really bizarre. I found one writer who heard something interesting which raised his eyebrow; then he heard something else, which caused him to raise another eyebrow. Eventually something even MORE interesting happened, to which he said he would have raised a third eyebrow (if he had one). As a figure of speech, that's makes sense. But growing a third eyebrow....? I dunno.
    fuzzy_wuzzyon September 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe "asterisk" business is just the band messing around and at the beginning, there is a backwards message in the song "face the mighty waterfall" ELO was famous for doing a technique called backwards masking when playing something forwards and listening to it backwards, another fooling around there too.
    bungalowbillon July 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe "asterisk" business is just the band messing around and at the beginning, there is a backwards message in the song "face the mighty waterfall" ELO was famous for doing a technique called backwards masking when playing something forwards and listening to it backwards, another fooling around there too.
    bungalowbillon July 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think Jeff might've been inferring another jab about American back country folk; 3rd eyebrow might be what bridges the other 2 eyebrows into what's know as a 'unibrow'.
    Or what gpciie said.
    Duncan905on October 01, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI always figured that the "narrator" was some back-country xenophobic hick that would try and downplay their own ignorance by playing up their "positive" side. Such as saying that "But they ain't good enough to breathe/ This towns good air we make 'em leave." but then try and contrast it by saying that their music is good so it means that there's nothing wrong going on.

    Like a racist grandma. Sure she says some ridiculously malicious things about anyone who isn't white, but god damn her pies are good. Except, instead of an old lady it's an entire town. Kinda reminds me of Lynard Skynard in a way.
    Crowley65on January 17, 2015   Link

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