About this track

Two songs had a direct influence on this track — Sting’s “Children’s Crusade” and Robin Holcomb’s “Electric Storm”.

When I first started writing songs, I had a thing against 3/4 and 6/8 time. I just didn’t like the songs I heard in those time signatures at the time. (I think there was a Natalie Cole hit on the radio then that annoyed me to no end.)

“Children’s Crusade” made me rethink 3/4 time, and a number of ideas were “commandeered” for “Downtown Downpour”. As for lyrics, I wanted to try for something as vivid and compact as Holcomb’s work on her self-titled debut album. I don’t think I get the same kind of imagery, but it’s probably the first time I didn’t try to rip off Simon Le Bon or Roland Orzabal.

This song was written in 1991, which was also around the time I started exploring 20th Century classical music. I used a lot of very impressionistic chords, and the middle section alternates between 9/8 and 2/4. In other words, I was being precocious.

And yet, part of me wants to go back to writing this kind of music.

Lyrics

Window pane wet with the drizzle of morning
The street lights enshrouded in blinding, white haze
Bright garish stop lights aglow in the misty dawn
Seven a.m. and the next bus is leaving for town

Inside it's colder, the air set too low
But the crowding of passengers blocks out the chill
Sad, solemn faces with cold, tired gazes
All peer out the window, the downpour will not dissipate

Grey clouds, wet streets
And wind-swept trees
Headlights of cars glare at noon
Downtown downpour defy my joy
Stay for at least an hour
Maybe more

Glittering beads of the rain pound my chest
And these chattering teeth are not caused by the cold
Memories of you fill my heart and my head
And you didn't remember to say, "I don't love you at all,
And I never will."

Grey clouds, wet streets
And wind-swept trees
Headlights of cars glare at noon
Downtown downpour defy my joy
Stay for at least an hour
Maybe more

Window pane wet with the drizzle of evening
The streets lights aglow in the darkness of night
Stillness disturbed by occasional gutter drops
Seven p.m. and the next bus is headed for home

Credits

  • Produced and engineered by Greg Bueno
  • Recorded in the Closet, 2005-2011, Austin, TX and the Closet West 2012, Seattle, WA
  • Cover design by Greg Bueno
  • Published by Shinkyoku Advocacy (ASCAP)

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  • Release date: October 01, 2013

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