About the song

Toby Keith’s “Upstairs Downtown” is a captivating country ballad that paints a vivid picture of love and longing in the heart of the city. Featured on his album “Pull My Chain,” this heartfelt track showcases Keith’s storytelling prowess and emotive vocals.

Written by Toby Keith himself, along with acclaimed songwriter Bobby Pinson, “Upstairs Downtown” delves into the complexities of urban romance and the juxtaposition of high society and down-home charm. Keith’s soulful delivery and heartfelt phrasing bring the lyrics to life, evoking a sense of nostalgia and yearning that resonates with listeners.

As an esteemed figure in the country music scene, Toby Keith has earned widespread acclaim and numerous accolades throughout his career. While “Upstairs Downtown” may not have reached the top of the charts, its impact on listeners is undeniable. Its poignant lyrics and haunting melodies have earned it praise from critics and fans alike, cementing its place as a standout track on the album.

Listeners who have experienced the highs and lows of love in the bustling city streets will find themselves drawn to the emotional depth of “Upstairs Downtown.” In Toby Keith’s capable hands, this poignant ballad becomes more than just a song – it is a timeless reflection on the universal themes of love, longing, and the search for connection in a bustling world.

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Lyrics

Route 14 Box 308
She said goodbye at the cattle-guard gate
Hoping she would find her a place in the world
With her mind made up and tears in her eyes
It almost made her daddy cry
He said don’t forget to call when you get there girl
Driving on that two lane road hoping she might find
A whole lot more waiting up ahead than what she left behind
Moving upstairs, downtown
Life’s too short to be hanging around
She’s eighteen and it’s time she got out of the woods
She’s getting out while the getting’s good
All bills paid and a room with a view
She’s unpacked a dish or two
She just got her phone turned on today
There’s a big old world waiting just outside
As she’s thumbing through the classifieds
Looking for work and any old job’s okay
Driving on that cross-town freeway hoping she might find
A whole lot more waiting up ahead than what she left behind
Living upstairs, downtown
Life’s too short to be hanging around
She’s eighteen and it’s time she got out of the woods
She’s getting out while the getting’s good
Then she lost her job at the grocery store
And the wolf came knocking at the door
Red notice said they turned off her telephone
There’s nothing left for her to do, so she’s packed up a thing or two
Loaded her car down, now she’s headed home
Driving on that two lane road hoping she might find
A whole lot more waiting up ahead than what she left behind
Living upstairs, downtown
Life’s too short to be hanging around
She’s eighteen and it’s time she got back to the woods
She’s getting out while the getting’s good