I remember standing on the corner at midnight
Trying to get my courage up
There was this long lovely dancer in a little club downtown
I loved to watch her do her stuff
Through the long lonely nights she filled my sleep
Her body softly swaying to that smoky beat
Down on Mainstreet

In the pool halls, the hustlers and the losers
I used to watch 'em through the glass
Well I'd stand outside at closing time
Just to watch her walk on past
Unlike all the other ladies, she looked so young and sweet
As she made her way alone down that empty street
Down on Mainstreet

And sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat
I drift back in time and I find my feet
Down on Mainstreet
Down on Mainstreet

Lyrics submitted by kevin

Mainstreet song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentHe's talking about Ann Street, just off Main Street, in Ann Harbor Street, Michigan.
    xcompon April 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis might be my favorite Seger song.
    It just amazes me.
    24hourstogoon July 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove the beggining solo to this.
    Ummagumma69on June 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove the guitar tone and repeating riff!
    analogkid71on November 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust read the lyrics
    uptowngigask8eron May 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLast summer my friend and I went walking down Mainstreet in my town, met a girl and her friends that had some grass, and smoked with them.

    I'd, surprisingly, never heard this song before, so as soon as we reached my house my friend put this song on. Since that day it always reminds me of sitting on mainstreet, smoking and relaxing with a few strangers.
    Ludeyon August 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSoulful sax & guitar solo. A song for the depressed. To watch the losers from outside is VERY depressing
    nagromnaion November 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've been listening to this song alot lately, and I think this about my only favorite one of his.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon June 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta rock critic once called him straight forward, unpretentious blue collar rock..like a Mickey Lolitch fastball. I grew up in the Motown burbs-I feel him
    drpoundsignon March 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI grew up listening to Bob Seger. Back in the early '70s, we use to go see him play at a little place in Davison, Michigan called Sherwood Forest. He played with local bands: Julia or Teagarden and VanWinkle. He was GREAT - ALWAYS!

    I have very fond memories of those days. So glad he's done so well.
    ELighton July 13, 2010   Link

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