"Down So Long" is a folkpop song written by Jewel and produced by Patrick Leonard for Jewel's second album, Spirit (1998). Jewel wrote the song in 1992 when she was eighteen years old and that she "like[s] it on a musical level, not message-wise." This was the second single that Jewel had not re-recorded vocals for its single release. The guitar in the song was slightly altered creating a stronger sound. A commercial single was not released within the U.S., but was outside of the U.S. The single received a very slight change in the instrumental, which is almost undetected from the album version, it's credited as the radio edit or sometimes the radio remix.
The single peaked at number fifty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it also peaked at number ten on the BillboardAdult Top 40 chart. It also charted in the UK and New Zealand, reaching the top forty and the top twenty respectively.