"Downtown" as written by Ernest Drummond William, James Francis Cauty and Tony Hatch....
Outside another yellow moon
Has punched a hole in the nighttime, yes
I climb through the window and down the street
I'm shining like a new dime
The downtown trains are full
With all those Brooklyn girls
They try so hard to break out of their little worlds

Well, you wave your hand and they scatter like crows
They have nothing that will 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 it's just the same
You leave me lonely, now

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 at the four-way
You watch them as the fall
Oh baby, they all have 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 it's just the same
Oh, baby

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train?
All of my dreams just fall like rain
Oh, baby, on a downtown train

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train?
Every night, every night it's just the same
Oh, baby

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train?
All of my dreams just fall like rain
Well, on a downtown train

Well, on a downtown train
Well, on a downtown train
Well, on a downtown train
On a downtown train


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"Downtown Train" as written by Tom 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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