FREE Campfire Singalong Songbook

20 classic, not-too-hard songs to enjoy with your family while you ride out the apocalypse.

Beatles - Petty - Johnny Cash - Eagles - John Denver - Dylan

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    Downtown Train

    Tom Waits

     

    Note:  The key of the original recording is somewhere between D and Eb--instruments were not tuned to concert pitch (or the studio's tape machine was off-speed).  This version is a little higher, in the key of E.

     

    Use power chords with palm-mute throughout.


           <     <     <

    Strum: D D D D D D D D

           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

     

    Intro:  / E - - - / A - B - / x2

     

    E                 A (½)    B (½)

       Outside another yellow moon

    E                          A (½)          B (½)       

        Has punched a hole in the nighttime

    E                                A (½)          B (½)

       I climb through the window and down to the street

    E          A (½)             B (½)

        I'm shining like a new dime

     

    A                           B

        The downtown trains are full

    A                          B

        With all those Brooklyn girls

    C#m                               B

          They try so hard to break out of their little world

     

    E                                A (½)            B (½)

        You wave your hand and they scatter like crows

    E                   A (½)                B (½)

       They have nothing that will ever capture

      E                                     A (½)       B (½)

    your heart.  They're just thorns without the rose

    E       A (½)           B (½)

        Be careful of them in the dark

     

    A                B

        And if I was the one

    A                                          B

         You chose to be your only one

    C#m                    B

            Oh baby now, can't you hear me now

     

    Chorus:

    E                                A    

       Will I see you tonight

    E                           A

       on a downtown train

    E                       A       

       Where every night is just the same

    F#m    B

                  You leave me lonely now

     

    E                      A (½)               B (½)

       I know your window and I know it's late

    E                 A (½)                      B (½)

       I know your stairs and your doorway

    E                              A (½)         B (½)

       I walk down your street and past your gate

    E                        A (½)                   B (½)

       I stand by the light at the four-way

     

    A                                       B

       You watch them as they fall

             A                                           B

    Oh baby, and they all have heart attacks

              C#m                                      B

    They stay at the carnival, but they'll never win you back

     

    Chorus

     

    E                                A    

       Will I see you tonight

    E                           A

       on a downtown train

    E                              A       

       Where all of my dreams, they fall like rain

    F#m         B

             Oh baby, on a downtown train

     

    Instrumental (uses three-over-four rhythm):

    / E - B - / E - B - / E - A - / B - - - /

    / E - B - / E - B - / E - A - / B - - - / Bsus4 - - - /

     

    Chorus (don't sing last line)

     

    E                                A    

       Will I see you tonight

    E                           A

       on a downtown train

     

    E                              A       

       Where all of my dreams, they fall like rain

    F#m         B

                        on a downtown train

     

    E  A (½)         B (½)

              on a downtown train

    E  A (½)         B (½)

              on a downtown train

    E  A (½)         B (½)

              on a downtown train

     

    End on E


    This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.