Chalk this story up in the category of “Only in 2020.” The Nashville bomber has created much havoc from the Christmas Day blast he triggered, which killed himself and destroyed a city block of downtown Nashville. The collateral damage from Anthony Quinn Warren’s actions was felt by the singer of the song “Downtown,” because that was the background track of the warning message Warren had programmed to play before his RV blew up.
Petula Clark sang that classic song from the 1960s, and she went to Facebook to describe how she was in “shock and disbelief” over this surreal experience.
“I feel the need to express my shock and disbelief at the Christmas Day explosion in our beloved Music City. I love Nashville and its people,” Clark wrote.
“I was told that the music in the background of that strange announcement – was me – singing ‘Downtown’! Of all the thousands of songs – why this one?”
The lyrics are familiar to millions of people of all ages. It starts with Clark singing “When you’re alone and life is making you lonely, you can always go downtown.”
Clark felt for decades that the lyrics painted a joyous message, but she also wrote in her Facebook post that “perhaps you can read something else into these words — depending on your state of mind.”
She ended her post with an inspirational and uplifting parting message to the people of Nashville. “I would like to wrap my arms around Nashville – give you all a hug – and wish you Love, a Happy and Healthy New Year – and, as we sometimes say in the U.K., steady the Buffs! (Look it up!).”