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from Passing Through by Owen Temple



Downtown's all closed down
They've boarded up all the windows
Just like an old ghost town
The storefronts are empty
There's no one around

Downtown's all closed down
A small town in Texas by the courthouse in the square
The middle of the afternoon and there's nobody there
Well I shook my head and wondered
Where the businesses had gone
There used to be everything that you'd ever need
Now just the bank's still holdin' on


The old drugstore is vacant
And the café's locked its doors
The movie marquis is falling down
There's no more hardware store
So I sat down on a bench
I watched a car go driving by
I wondered what had killed downtown
And how the people could let it die


The railroad brought the people here
Now the interstate draws them away
It moved the steady business east
Left these old buildings behind to stay
But some folks in town remember
A time not too long ago
When a film called Casablanca played
At the town square picture show


(Owen Temple)
© 1999 Owen Temple Music (BMI)


from Passing Through, released October 4, 1999


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