Downtown Train" is a song by Tom Waits released on his album in 1985. Rain Dogs
The promo video for the song was directed by
Jean-Baptiste Mondino and features the boxer Jake LaMotta.
Rod Stewart recorded a cover version that became a #3 hit on the chart after being released as a single in late 1989, and was also a number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 album rock and adult contemporary charts. The song went to number-one in Canada and made the top ten on the  UK Singles Chart in 1990. Stewart received a Grammy nomination for the song in the category Best Male Pop Vocal performance. Stewart's cover featured the  slide guitar playing of Jeff Beck.
Other artists who have covered "Downtown Train" include
Mary Chapin Carpenter, who included it on her debut album in 1987; and Hometown Girl Patty Smyth, who released a version that same year that reached #95 on the . Billboard Hot 100 Everything But the Girl produced an acoustic cover of the song, notably used in the final episode of American sitcom . How I Met Your Mother  Bob Seger recorded a cover in 1989, but opted not to release it because Stewart's version had been released earlier. On February 28, 2011, Seger finally released his version of the song as a single, which appears on the retrospective album . The German band Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets The Piano Has Been Drinking included a version of Downtown Train ( Rude Jolf) on their 1990 album The Piano Has Been Drinking which consists entirely of cover versions of Tom Waits songs in the Kölsch language (Colognian).
Swedish artist Moneybrother released a Swedish version of the song; it is included on his album Pengabrorsan. Austrian hardcore/punk band Rentokill recorded a cover of the track for their 2009 EP The O.S.E.
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