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Single by Australian Crawl
from the album The Boys Light Up
B-side "Way I've Been"
Released May, 1980
Format 7"
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 3:09
Label EMI
Writer(s) Sean Higgins, Guy McDonough, Bill McDonough
Producer(s) David Briggs
Australian Crawl singles chronology
"The Boys Light Up"
"Things Don't Seem"

"Downhearted" is the third single released by Australian surf rock band Australian Crawl from their debut album The Boys Light Up. The song was written by Sean Higgins, Guy McDonough and Bill McDonough.[1] All three songwriters had been bandmates in The Flatheads, but at the time only Bill McDonough was a member of Australian Crawl.[2] It was produced by David Briggs.[2]

"Downhearted" was released in May, 1980 and reached #12 on the Australian Singles Chart in July, 1980.[3]

Different B-sides were released in different markets.[4] Australian B-side was "Way I've Been" written by Australian Crawl member Brad Robinson and his father James Robinson.[1] James Robinson was a Federal Arbitration Court Justice.[5] Canadian B-side was "Indisposed" was co-written by the Robinsons with James Reyne and Bill McDonough.[1] The song describes the car accident which resulted in Reyne breaking both wrists immediately before they recorded their first single "Beautiful People" (1979).[6] The B-side for the UK release was "Letter From Zimbabwe" (Reyne).[1]


"Downhearted" was covered by Dutch prog rock band Solution and appeared on their 1982 album Runaway, while they added a 'bridge' to the song. Australian pop singer John Farnham sang it on his 2005 covers album I Remember When I Was Young.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Downhearted" (Sean Higgins, Guy McDonough, Bill McDonough)[1] – 3:09
  2. "Way I've Been" (Brad Robinson, James Robinson)[1] – 2:17


Chart (1980) Peak
Position [3]
Weeks In
Australian Singles Chart 12 17


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Retrieved 2008-03-05. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Holmgren, Magnus; Warnqvist, Stefan; Draper, Oliver; McDonough, Bill. "Australian Crawl". Australian Rock Database. (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  4. ^ "Australian Crawl music albums". GEMM. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  5. ^ "Memorable TV Oz Rock: Australian Crawl entry". Memorable TV / Little Acorns Publishing. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Countdown Club entry on Australian Crawl". ABC. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 

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