Sunday, September 15, 2013

"I know your stairs and your doorway"

Tom Waits' original version of "Downtown Train" 1985, and Rod Stewart's cover from 1989. (What cracks me up the most about the '89 version is the bizarre visual interpretation of "Brooklyn girls" as somehow being prim blonde models with French braids. Not quite what Waits had in mind.)





Outside another yellow moon
Punched a hole in the nighttime, yes
I climb through the window and down the street
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

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

Chorus:
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 its 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 they fall
They stay at the carnival
But they'll never win you back

Chorus:
Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
Where every night it's just the same
You leave me lonely
Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
All of my dreams just fall like rain
All upon a downtown train

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