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.

 

All’s right in the world

Well, the headline isn’t altogether true because there are many horrible things going on in the world right now, but I’m referring to the RS world. He was back in Syracuse last night – on stage, where he should be, and not in a courtroom.

This great article on syracuse.com sums it up:  …Rick Springfield makes good on a promise. And here’s the review of the concert: “Rick Springfield roars at NYS Fair, thanks fans for supporting his butt.”

He’s back on tour, playing two of his new songs along with his hits, and thoughtful fans are posting videos of him singing the new songs at recent shows, so all is good. Whether you’re seeing RS in concert, watching his new movie, listening to his music or not doing anything RS-related at all, have a happy weekend, everyone.