Downtown Train


Outside another yellow moon
Has punched a hole in the nighttime, yes
I climb through the window and down to 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 yeah
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 they fall
Oh baby, they all have heartattacks
They stay at the carnival but they’ll never win you back

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 they 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
Oh, on a downtown train
All of my dreams just fall like rain
All on a downtown train
All on a downtown train
All on a downtown train
All on a downtown train
On a downtown train
Downtown train
Ooooh , baby
All on a downtown train


Words and music by Tom Waits
©1985 Jalma Music (ASCAP)



Produced by Tom Waits
Engineered by Robert Musso
Recorded at RCA studios
Mixed by Jeff Lippay at Quadrasonic Studio and RPM Studio

Tom Waits: Vocals and guitar
G. E. Smith: Guitar
Mickey Curry: Drums
Robert Kilgore: Organ
Tony Levine: Bass
Michael Blair: Percussion
Robert Quine: Guitar

Time: 3.49

Track 17 on the album ‘Rain Dogs’ 1985
Side A on a 7" single 1985
Side A on a 12" single 1985
Track 1 on the EP 'NME's Big Four' 1986 (remix)
Track 2 on a free promo cassette 1994
Track ? on the soundtrack album ‘Smoke’ 1995
Track 17 on the compilation album ‘Beautiful Maladies’ 1998


Click here to see the live versions available








Cover versions:

Patty Smyth on her album ‘Patty Smyth’ 1987
Mary Chapin Carpenter on her album ‘Hometown Girl’ 1987
Rod Stewart on a single in 1989 and also on ‘Storyteller’ 1989
Everything But the Girl on their album ‘Acoustic’ 1992