Upstairs Downtown

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"Upstairs Downtown"
Single by Toby Keith
from the album Boomtown
B-side "Woman Behind the Man"
Released November 22, 1994
Format CD single, 7"
Recorded 1994
Genre Country
Length 4:26
Label PolyGram/Polydor Nashville 851136
Writer(s) Toby Keith, Carl Goff, Jr.
Producer(s) Nelson Larkin, Harold Shedd
Toby Keith singles chronology
"Who's That Man"
"Upstairs Downtown"
"You Ain't Much Fun"

"Upstairs Downtown" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was released in November 1994 as the second single from his album Boomtown. It peaked at #10 on the Billboard charts in both the United States[1] and Canada. Keith wrote the song with Carl Goff, Jr.


A ballad, "Upstairs Downtown" centers on the life of a young woman, who has just aged into adulthood and is moving out on her own for the first time. The song centers on the struggles of the woman, who is trying to earn a living and gain life skills.

The first verses of the song recounts the woman's restlessness and desire to move from her rural community ("the woods," as described in the song) to the big city. Her triumphs are highlighted when she moves into her apartment, gets her own telephone line and gets a job at a local grocery store.

However, she finds that living on her own, particularly with no moral support from family close by, is tougher than she thought it would be. She soon loses her job and is unable to pay her bills. In the end, the young woman decides to move back home "to the woods."

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Marc Ball.

Chart performance[edit]

"Upstairs Downtown" debuted at number 73 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the week of December 3, 1994.

Chart (1994-1995) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 10
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 10


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006. Second edition. Record Research. p. 186. 
  2. ^ "RPM Country Tracks. RPM. March 13, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "Toby Keith Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Toby Keith.

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