Lyrics to Down (maybe)

When I listen to a song, it’s typically the lyrics that determine whether or not it becomes meaningful to me. It’s that perfect mix of a catchy tune and meaningful lyrics that really make me connect with a song.

So, after I watched a video of Rick Springfield’s new song, “Down,” I became a little obsessed with trying to figure out the lyrics, listening to it over and over again. “Light This Party Up,” his other new song, is catchy but it just didn’t strike me the same way as “Down” did.

Some of the words seem to change in the various live versions of “Down” that I’ve heard so I keep updating this post with each new video I see. I guess we won’t know for sure until the CD is released in January, but here’s what they sound like to me. (Hey, RS, maybe one of those lyric videos would help?)

Although I wouldn’t put too much credence to this, as I do have a history of mishearing lyrics, below is what the lyrics sound like to me. (For months when I was a kid, I couldn’t figure out why The Police would sing about staring in their cereal, hearing “Whee, I stare in my, my cereal” instead of “We are spirits in the material world.” Not sure what I was thinking, but hey, Google didn’t exist at the time for reference and maybe the reception on the car’s am radio was fuzzy.)

Feel free to comment if you think the words are something different – thanks! So, without further ado, here’s what I think the lyrics might be:

Lyrics to “Down” (maybe)

Down
You’ve been down to the river and back (in black?)
Feeling like you’re drowning again
It’s as real as a heart attack
Up
There like a mountain you stand
Your body keeps remembering when
But your soul keeps fading to black
And I know that you’re hurt, you’re betrayed inside
I want to be there when our worlds collide

Down
I’m never gonna let you down
I want to be the one who stands his ground
I want to be that man

So low, you never felt so broken
You’re dreaming when you try to pretend
But you’ll run and you’ll never look back
Baby, life is hope, it’s a beautiful thing
Give me some rope and I’ll make you a swing for the little girl in you

Down
I’m never gonna let you down
I want to be the one who stands his ground
I want to be that man

Down
Yeah, hell-bent or heaven-bound
I’m walking on holy ground
I’m never gonna put you down

Here nobody leaves without a scar
The deepest cuts will make you who you are

Down
I’m never gonna let you down
I want to be the one who stands his ground
I want to be that man

Down
Either hell-bent or heaven-bound
I’m walking on holy ground
I’m never gonna let you down
I’m never gonna let
I’m never gonna let you
No, I’m never gonna let you down.

Update on Dec. 18. The official audio track was released today so now you can judge for yourself. I made a few corrections above and there are still some I’m not 100 percent about, but I think you get the idea.

 

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5 thoughts on “Lyrics to Down (maybe)

  1. good job on the lyrics, I watched all the youtube vids I could find and I believe the first line is “Down –
    You’ve been down to the river and back”
    everything else I what I hear.

    Cheers,

    Joey

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  2. Just downloaded the song and went through the lyrics myself. Then I decided to go online to see if anybody else posted then. I think you did an excellent job. There was a few words that I was indecisive about but once I read your post I realized you were absolutely correct. What a freaking awesome song! Can’t wait for the CD to drop. So glad to see you’re not the only obssesed one, figuring out the lyrics even before the CD comes out. Lol

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    • Hi-thanks for your comment – I really like this song, too – it’s fun that he’s releasing the songs one at a time as a preview! There are still a few words that I’m not sure about (river and back vs. river in black), but maybe there will be a lyric video at some point with the official lyrics! : )

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  3. Thanks for your work! I go on tangents to get lyrics as well….
    So this is what I got today for Miss Mayhem…maybe you can help me with a line or a word or two….****is the one line that sounds right but just doesn’t make sense.

    That girl has a gift
    Like a social disease
    If you catch my drift
    She brought me to my knees
    And like a wrecking hammer
    She broke me down til I said please
    oh yeah
    Was it her plan of attack?
    While she was raking my back
    She left me hanging with my heart in the breeze
    Say a prayer for me
    Winter is here in the month of July
    ***It’s rhyme has got a notion
    As silent as a scream
    There were no warning sign in her eyes
    And I’m so pleased to meet you Miss Mayhem
    I’m sleeping with a time bomb
    She’s counting it down
    I’m walking with a napalm
    In an organdy gown
    Into my private slammer
    She locked me down and kept the key
    Oh yeah
    She is a woman in black
    She is my panic attack
    Came with a no money back guarantee
    Say a prayer for me
    Winter is here in the summer tonight
    She’s freezing my emotion
    As deadly as a scream
    Swear I don’t see any fear in her eye
    Thanks for introducing to Miss Mayhem
    Trying to run while I’m shaking the dust off
    Crying to you when I’m scraping the rust off
    Lying to you while breaking the trust off
    Won’t you please just say a prayer for me?
    Winter is here in the month of July
    ***It’s rhyme has got a notion
    As silent as a scream
    There were no warning signs in her eyes
    And I’m so pleased to meet you
    Say a prayer for me
    Winter is here in the summer tonight
    Freezing my emotion
    As deadly as a scream
    Swear I don’t see any fear in her eyes
    Thanks for introducing to Miss Mayhem

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