"Downtown Train" as written by and Tom Waits....
Outside another yellow moon
Has punched a hole in the night time mist
I climb through the window and down to the street
I'm shining like a new dime
The downtown trains are full
Full of all them Brooklyn girls
They try so hard to break out of their little worlds

You wave your hand and they scatter like crows
They have nothing that'll ever capture your heart
They're just thorns without the rose
Be careful of them in the dark
Oh if I was the one
You chose to be your only one
Oh baby
Can't you hear me now
Can't you hear me now

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
Every night, every night
It's just the same
On a downtown train

I know your window and I know it's late
I know your stairs and your doorway
I walk down your street and past your gate
I stand by the light of the four way
And watch them as they fall, oh baby
They all having their heart attacks
They stay at the carnival
But they'll never win you back

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
Every night, every night
It's just the same
You leave me lonely

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
All my dreams, all my dreams
Fall like rain
On a downtown train

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
Every night, every night
It's just the same

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
All my dreams, all my dreams
Fall like rain
On a downtown train

On a downtown train
All my dreams fall like rain
On a downtown train

Ooh ooh, ooh oooh
Ooh ooh


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"Downtown Train" as written by Thomas Alan Waits

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    General CommentThis is a song about a confused and scared man who finds himself at the train station everynight with the same beutiful woman every night he thinks hes gonna improve his life by talking to them but by the time he gets the nerve the train takes off
    McShineon April 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentNot bad McShine.... but I think this is about a Brooklyn street kid in love with a Manhattan gal he sees on the late night train running from Brooklyn to Downtown Manhattan. In fact, he becomes so infatuated with her that he follows her home one night:

    I know your window and I know it's late
    I know your stairs and your doorway...

    However, she's out his league..... \
    dirkthediggler1976on May 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfucking hack. don't cover tom waits if you can't pull it off and no one can. NO ONE.
    deliriumtriggeron October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey deliriumtrigger, Tom Waits sounds like someone with a sore throat. At least Rod can sing.
    beau99on November 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRod Stewart sings like a ditz. Tom Waits moans like a man withered by experience
    butterboyon February 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favourite rod stewart song, sooo beautifully sang, and the oboe in the background is perfect. the lyrics are heartfelt, and all in all its a brilliant performance from the rodster. i listened to this while taking the downtown train when i was in new york once, cool feeling.
    queen_jajaon July 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmm yes it is beautiful that husky voice pentrates the heart like an arrow in the eye
    queen joboon July 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust wanted to put my two cents in, regarding the previous post... TOM WAITS IS AWESOME. He is a good musician and songwriter.
    and please keep your vulgar comments to yourself.
    wrangler21on April 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRod Stewart thought enough of Tom Waits to cover his song, nuff' said.
    mulmoon May 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRod Stewart is a creepy has been. His career has degenerated into cranking out "American Songbooks" each year in time for Mother's Day.
    elwyn5150on May 11, 2006   Link

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