Thursday, October 11, 2007

Downtown Train

In all my nearly 10 years living in the city, almost always working crazy late-night hours, I don't think I've ever had an entire subway car to myself -- until last night. I sure hope there aren't hidden cameras in them, though. My Tom Waits impression could not have been pretty, although I couldn't resist. It truly is one of my favorite songs ever and the moment was far too precious to let slip by ...

Downtown Train
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

Will I see you tonight
on a downtown train
every night is 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
they all have heart attacks
they stay at the carnival
but they'll never win you back

Will I see you tonight on a downtown train
where every night is 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

1 comment:

scottashtonphoto said...

Your photograph is very cool ... it would look awesome printed on watercolor paper ...

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