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Downtown by Petula Clark

Petula Clark Downtown

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The song “Downtown” was written by British composer, songwriters, pianist, arranger, and record producer Tony Hatch. Hatch was visiting New York City in 1964, and as he walked along the streets, the ideas for “Down Town” came to him. The song does evoke the city sounds of a down town. Hatch wanted to have something that appealed to young record buyers and to Petula Clark’s older fans. He wanted to have a giant orchestra sound like a rock band. “Downtown” was a blockbuster of an international hit for Petula Clark starting from its release at the end of 1965. It went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Cashbox as well as the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany, and Italy It rose to #2 in the U.K. and Ireland and #6 in France.

Clark was born Petula Sally Olwen Clark in Epsom, Surrey, England, in 1932. Her career as an singer, actress, and composer has spanned many decades.

Here are the lyrics to “Downtown” by Petula Clark:

“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
Downtown

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 bossa nova
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 so go

Downtown, where all the lights are bright
Downtown, waiting for you tonight
Downtown, you’re gonna be alright now

Downtown
Downtown
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 so 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
Come on, come on
Come on, downtown
Everybody go downtown
Downtown”

If you are interested in reading about and listening to another song by Petula Clark, please click here for “This is My Song.”

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  1. […] If you are interested in reading about listening to another song by Petula Clark, please click here for “Downtown.” […]

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