When you're alone, and life is making you lonely
You can always go
When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know

Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?

The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown, no finer place for sure
Downtown everything's waiting for you


Don't hang around and let your problems surround you
There are movie shows
Maybe you know some little places to go to
Where they never close

Just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova
You'll be dancing with him too before the night is over
Happy again

The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go downtown, where all the lights are bright
Downtown, waiting for you tonight
Downtown, you're gonna be alright now

Downtown, downtown

And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you
Someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand to
Guide them along

So maybe I'll see you there
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares
So go downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown, don't wait a minute for
Downtown, everything's waiting for you

Downtown, downtown, downtown, downtown
Downtown, downtown, downtown, downtown, downtown, downtown

Lyrics submitted by numb, edited by stripey7

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  • +2
    General CommentI love this, I used to listen to it during the hardest times in my life. And yes, the first place I ever heard it was on the movie Girl, Interrupted.
    rockerpoeton February 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe meaning in this song is fairly obvious. The idea is that depression is only made worse by isolation, and becoming active is a way to relieve its effect.
    cprompton May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt is regrettable that the Nashville bomber at Christmas in 2020, played this song immediately before setting off the blast.
    It appears he was in need of love and assistance, but unfortunately, did not get it. Rest in peace, now that it is over.
    To all others, seek help when you need it.
    ted1175103on December 28, 2020   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a great song, it makes you feel better once you listen to it.
    Sunnyon May 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. it makes me happy.
    weezerific:cutleryon January 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! Me and my friends just belt it out at the most random moments. It's great.
    LuckCharmon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It reminds me of my hometown Washington, D.C.
    washingtonative91on August 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song it always makes me happy when im feel down!
    I aslo love 60s music most people my age dont no wtf this song is and think is crap but i just love it!
    lilmizmusicon January 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAhh great song...!
    Homermonon September 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentForgot about this song...until I saw Lost last night...pure genius!
    ndhwnon October 05, 2006   Link

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