"Downtown" as written by Ernest Drummond William, James Francis Cauty and Tony Hatch....
Red pants and the sugarman in, the temple street gloom, drinkin' chivas
Regal in a four dollar room, just another dead soldier in a powder blue night,
Sugarman says baby everything's alright, goin' downtown down downtown.

Montclaire de havelin doin' the st. vitus dance, lookin' for someone to chop
The lumber in his pants, how am I gonna unload all of this ice and all this
Mink, all the traffic in the street but it's so hard to think, goin' downtown
Down downtown.

Frankie's wearin' lipstick pierre cardin, I swear to god I seen him holdin'
Hands with jimmy bond, sally's high on crank and hungry for some sweets, she's
Fem in the sheets but she's butch in the streets, goin' downtown down
Downtown.

It's the cool of the evening the sun's goin' down, I want to hold you in my
Arms I want to push you around, I want to break your bottle and spill out all
Your charms, come on baby we'll set off all the burglar alarms, goin' downtown
Down downtown.

Red pants and the sugarman in the temple, drinkin' Chivas Regal in a four
Dollar room, just another dead soldier in a powder blue night, red pants turns
To sugarman and says everything's alright, goin' downtown down downtown.


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"Downtown" as written by Thomas Alan Waits

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    General CommentI am outraged at the lack of comments on this song. The archetypal Waits song from this period, loaded with seedy romance and great imagery ("I want to break your bottle and spill out all your charm").
    caitsith01on July 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if the "Sugarman" Waits talks about in this song is in anyway related to " Sixto Rodriguez"; folk artist from the early 70's who disappeared from public life. There was a documentary made about him called Searching for Sugarman from 2012. This movie is very interesting, with a couple film makers that try to figure out what happened to this enigmatic artist. In my opinion there are so many Tom Waits songs that could use this same treatment. I don't think that we'd ever get a straight answer from Tom himself, but I myself would love to know the story behind a lot of the lyrics in most of his songs.
    tjdublyouon August 22, 2013   Link

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