I'm Goin' Down
Bruce Springsteen Lyrics


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We sit in the car outside your house
I can feel the heat coming 'round
I go to put my arm around you
And you give me a look like I'm way out of bounds
Well you let out one of your bored sighs
Well lately when I look into your eyes

Down, down, down, down
I'm goin down, down, down, down
I'm goin down, down, down, down
I'm goin down, down, down, down

We get dressed up and we go out, baby, for the night
We come home early burning, burning, burning in some fire fight
I'm sick and tired of you setting me up yeah
Setting me up just to knock-a knock-a knock-a me down

Down, down, down, down
I'm goin down, down, down, down
I'm goin down, down, down, down
I'm goin down, down, down, down, hey now

I pull you close now baby but when we kiss I can feel a doubt
I remember back when we started
My kisses used to turn you inside out
I used to drive you to work in the morning
Friday night I'd drive you all around
You used to love to drive me wild yeah
But lately girl you get your kicks from just driving me down

I'm goin down, down, down, down
I'm goin down, down, down, down
I'm goin down, down, down, down
I'm goin down, down, down, down

I'm goin down, down, down, down
I'm goin down, down, down, down
I'm goin down, down, down, down
I'm goin down, hey bopa d-d-down

I'm goin down, down, down, down
I'm goin down, hey bopa d-d-down
I'm goin down, down, down, yeah
I'm goin down, down, hey bopa hey bopa

Hey hey mmm bopa bopa well down
Hey babe mmm bopa bopa said down
Hey hey mmm bopa bopa well down
Hey hey mmm bopa bopa say




Hey unh say down, down, down, down, down
Hey down now, say down, down, down, down, down

Overall Meaning

"I'm Goin Down" is a song about a relationship that has lost its spark. The singer is in the car with his partner and trying to get close to her, but she clearly rejects him. The feeling of being unwanted and the lack of intimacy are causing the singer to feel miserable and low. The title "I'm Goin Down" refers to the emotional state of the singer, who feels like he is spiraling down into a deep depression because of the failing relationship.


The first verse of the song sets the scene for the narrative, with the singer sitting in the car outside his partner's house. He attempts to make a move on her but is met with rejection. The second verse suggests that the couple goes out for the night but returns home early due to a "fire fight," a situation that likely represents some kind of argument or disagreement between them. The singer then expresses frustration with his partner for setting him up, only to knock him down. He feels like he can't win with this person anymore.


The chorus, "I'm goin down, down, down, down," is repeated throughout the song, emphasizing the feeling of depression and hopelessness the singer is experiencing. The lyrics in the bridge reflect on the good times the couple had before the relationship soured but now they can't seem to reconnect on the same level. The song ends with the singer feeling defeated, unable to get close to his partner.


Line by Line Meaning

We sit in the car outside your house
The singer and their partner are in a car outside the partner's house


I can feel the heat coming 'round
The atmosphere around them is tense, perhaps due to an argument or unresolved issues


I go to put my arm around you
The singer attempts to show affection to their partner


And you give me a look like I'm way out of bounds
Their partner rejects the artist's attempt at physical touch


Well you let out one of your bored sighs
The partner expresses their disinterest and perhaps even boredom with the situation


Well lately when I look into your eyes
The singer notices a change in their partner's behavior and attitude towards them


Down, down, down, down
The singer repeats the phrase to emphasize their feeling of a downward spiral in their relationship


We get dressed up and we go out, baby, for the night
The artist and their partner go out together for the evening and make an effort to dress nicely


We come home early burning, burning, burning in some fire fight
The evening ends in conflict, leaving them feeling frustrated and angry


I'm sick and tired of you setting me up yeah
The artist is tired of feeling like their partner is intentionally causing problems in the relationship


Setting me up just to knock-a knock-a knock-a me down
Their partner is setting them up for failure and disappointment, causing the singer to feel like they are being knocked down


I pull you close now baby but when we kiss I can feel a doubt
The physical connection between the artist and their partner is no longer as strong as it once was, and there may be doubts about the relationship


I remember back when we started
The singer reflects on a time in the past when the relationship was happier and more fulfilling


My kisses used to turn you inside out
In the past, the singer's affection would strongly affect their partner


I used to drive you to work in the morning
The singer used to perform small acts of kindness for their partner, such as driving them to work


Friday night I'd drive you all around
The artist would spend time and energy taking their partner out and catering to their wants and needs


You used to love to drive me wild yeah
Their partner used to enjoy the artist's company and the attention they gave them


But lately girl you get your kicks from just driving me down
Recently, their partner seems to enjoy causing the singer emotional distress, rather than being content with their relationship


I'm goin down, down, down, down
The singer repeats the phrase to emphasize their feeling of a downward spiral in their relationship


Hey now
An interjection used to catch someone's attention or express surprise


Hey bopa d-d-down
A nonsensical phrase, perhaps used to express frustration or disappointment


Hey babe mmm bopa bopa said down
Another nonsensical phrase, used to express feelings of rejection and sadness


Hey hey mmm bopa bopa well down
Once again, the singer uses a series of sounds to convey their distress and dissatisfaction with their relationship


Hey hey mmm bopa bopa say
The artist continues to use a vocalization to express their emotions and feelings


Hey unh say down, down, down, down, down
The singer finishes the song with a repetition of the phrase, emphasizing their feelings of the relationship's decline




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Bruce Springsteen

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