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(Tony Hatch)

When you're alone
And life is making you lonely,
You can always go downtown
When you've got worries,
All the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know, downtown

Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?

The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go
Downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown, no finer place for sure,
Downtown, everything's waiting for you

Don't hang around
And let your problems surround you
There are movie shows downtown
Maybe you know
Some little places to go to
Where they never close downtown

Just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossanova
You'll be dancing with 'em too before the night is over
Happy again

The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go
Downtown where all the lights are bright,
Downtown, waiting for you tonight,
Downtown, you're gonna be alright now
(Downtown, downtown)


And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you,
Someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand to
Guide them along

So, maybe I'll see you there
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares and go
Downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown, don't wait a minute more,
Downtown, everything's waiting for you

Downtown (downtown) downtown (downtown)
Downtown (downtown) downtown (downtown)
(repeat and fade out)

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    UnregisteredJul 7, 2012 at 10:59 pm
    I remember the fifth season of lost, the story of juliet, when she, sawyer, faraday, and other characters had traveled back in time and were on the island, but in the 70's
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    UnregisteredSep 4, 2012 at 3:20 am
    I remember in lost the song played as poor juliet is brushing her hair, all excited about finally getting off the island.
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    UnregisteredDec 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm
    Great place to be, specially if you are in a huge city like nyc, la, mexico citym no other place you wanna be!
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    UnregisteredAug 3, 2012 at 11:42 pm
    It is s song about a manic depressive who wanders the gritty streets of downtown doing hand jobs at darkened movie shows and turning tricks at little places to go, downtown.

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