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Steve Key: Songs/Lyrics

Downtown

(Steve Key)
September 26, 2016
Greg Brown

 

Hammered Dulcimer: Jem Moore
Violin: Heather Hardy
Bass: Dennis Pearne, Percussion: Mark McColl.
Recorded between November 1987 and June 1988 at George Trapani's 
studio in Seaford NY, Slope Sound in Brooklyn (Gary Ciuzio, engineer), 
and Splice of Life, Brighton MA (David Zuckerman, engineer).

Violin: Heather Hardy, Bass: Dennis Pearne, Percussion: Mark McColl.
Recorded between November 1987 and June 1988 at George Trapani's 
studio in Seaford NY, Slope Sound in Brooklyn (Gary Ciuzio, engineer), 
and Splice of Life, Brighton MA (David Zuckerman, engineer).

 

Downtown (by Greg Brown)
Yes I could stay home, read a book or two,
Try to get a little bit better at some of these bad things I do.
But the night it is young; so am I for a while,
So I put on my hat and coat and pants and my boots and smile.
And I'm a gonna go
[chorus:]
Downtown, downtown tonight,
I'm a gonna go all around the town, check out all the sights,
I will be back in the mornin', feelin' bad or good,
Well, I do what I want, and I don't do what I should.
 
Well, some people tell me that they love the mountains best,
Far as I can see it's just one big wilderness.
I've seen squirrels writin' tickets, dolphins drivin' cars,
Blowfish blowin' tubas, grizzly bears in the bars.
And I'm a gonna go (CH)
 
Well now if you've ever checked it out, you know just what I mean,
There's always a few surprises in that same old scene.
You might meet some fella who can really blow the horn,
Make you glad for a change you done got born.
Don't ya wanna go (CH)
 
Yes, I might get lucky, run into my friend, Jane,
Walk to her apartment in the shiny city rain.
Put on a little record; I get so long and tall,
I wish I was the wallpaper; Jane could be the wall.
And I'm a gonna go (CH)
 
Have you ever known the magic hour just before the dawn?
When the mornin' is still sleeping, but the night is not yet gone.
And you're walkin' home from some little joint with someone you love,
With the moon and stars and the bells and birds all ringin' up above.
Don't ya wanna go (CH)