I can see her lyin' back in her satin dress
In a room where ya do what ya don't confess
Sundown you better take care
If I find you beenn creepin' 'round my back stairs
Sundown ya better take care
If I find you been creepin' 'round my back stairs

She's been lookin' like a queen in a sailor's dream
And she don't always say what she really means
Sometimes I think it's a shame
When I get feelin' better when I'm feelin' no pain
Sometimes I think it's a shame
When I get feelin' better when I'm feelin' no pain

I can picture every move that a man could make
Getting lost in her lovin' is your first mistake
Sundown you better take care
If I find you been creepin' 'round my back stairs
Sometimes I think it's a sin
When I feel like I'm winnin' when I'm losin' again

I can see her lookin' fast in her faded jeans
She's a hard lovin' woman, got me feelin' mean
Sometimes I think it's a shame
When I get feelin' better when I'm feelin' no pain
Sundown you better take care
If I find you been creepin' 'round my back stairs
Sundown you better take care
If I find you been creepin' 'round my back stairs
Sometimes I think it's a sin
When I feel like I'm winnin' when I'm losin' again


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"Sundown" as written by Gordon Lightfoot

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    General CommentThe first urge is to think sundown is a prostitute. But JeffKaos71's reference I think holds water. Re-read the lyrics and you see that he never really claims sundown to be a prostitute.

    "In a room where you do what you don't confess" .. I always thought was a dead giveaway reference to prostitution.

    However, not too many married couples confess to what goes on in their bedroom .. hence the wife theory could be consistent with this line. I don't see any other line that supports the prostitution theory any stronger - and now we've debunked its veracity. So the wife theory definitely holds sway in my mind.

    In fact, in the prostitute scenario, how does "you better take care If I find you been creepin' 'round my back stairs" get interpretted? I've never completely reconciled that one.

    However, in the wife theory .. that line makes complete sense .. he's warning his wife that she better not be fooling around in their own bedroom or house.

    Also, I'm w/ defunct that the lines to which he refers are pretty F'ing awesome. Really cuts to the chase, sends chills deep into your soul (especially if you've ever worn the same shoes as sundown's lover)
    tsreybon August 31, 2006   Link

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