Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand Lyrics

I've been downhearted baby
I've been down-
I've been downhearted baby
Ever since the day we met
Ever since the day we met

Jan lays down and wrestles in her sleep
Moonlight spills on comic books
And superstars in magazines
An old friend calls and tells us where to meet
Her plane takes off from Baltimore
And touches down on Bourbon Street

We sit outside and argue all night long
About a god we've never seen
But never fails to side with me
Sunday comes and all the papers say
Ma Teresa's joined the mob
And happy with her full time job

I've been downhearted baby
I've been down-
I've been downhearted baby
Ever since the day we met
Ever since the day we met

Am I alive or thoughts that drift away?
Does summer come for everyone?
Can humans do as prophets say?
And if I die before I learn to speak
Can money pay for all the days I lived awake
But half asleep?

A life is time, they teach you growing up
The seconds ticking killed us all
A million years before the fall
You ride the waves and don't ask where they go
You swim like lions through the crest
And bathe yourself in zebra flesh

I've been downhearted baby
I've been downhearted baby
Ever since the day we met

I've been downhearted baby
I've been down-
I've been downhearted baby
Ever since the day we met
Ever since the day we met

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Primitive Radio Gods Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand Comments
  1. Austin Smith

    It's been 15 years since I have heard this song and I feel alive again! #bringbackgreatmusic

  2. Mark Paul Abare, Jr.

    Damn, I haven't heard this in a minute. Doing a 90's nostalgia binge in the wake of the 90's turning 20 years old.

  3. Jennifer Baumgarten

    I'm still waiting for that phone to work.

  4. Kara Thrace

    Cable guy

  5. Brittany Thomas

    A rare gem of a one hit wonder.

  6. Jinx Stixx

    someone please invent a time machine....i miss the 80s and 90s

  7. Brian Caputo

    Always brings back memories♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️


    Beautiful Beautiful 👏👏👏

  9. The American

    Here bc I experienced the 90s

  10. Brewnoe

    Got a smooth beat ... leads me the Girlfriend ... and I can freak out a bit in the middle

  11. Ricky L

    "I've been downhearted baby" that is what he is saying? ever since I was a little kid until today I always thought he was saying, "I been down harder days." Actually, Im still not convinced.

    The American

    I thought it was Been to the heart of cleveland

  12. Sammy hooligan

    This was a song I heard when it first played on local radio years back. I heard it occasionally untill they stopped playing it. To this day I remember telling myself" I need to find out the title this song or band playing it". And only untill this year I finally did. WoW!! Excellent song.

  13. Colin McMahon

    It's science, OK?

    Yo', Hazards.

    Five Dukes And a Bunch of Sponsors.

  14. Catherine Walsh

    Its still brilliant

  15. David Richardson

    Takes me back to my childhood...everytime

  16. Exian Ne'ros

    still tears T_T what a time we experienced

  17. Skip Smith

    It was the summer of 1996 and this song played everywhere. Four kids from my high school, (Forest Grove, Oregon) died that summer night July 20 1996. Cindy was on life support for 5 days, so that last lyric really hit home at the time. Please 🙏 dont ever drink and drive people.
    RIP to 🙏🙏🙏🙏
    Barry Oconnor age 16 💚
    Kyle Scheza age 16 💙
    Cindy Godinez age 14 💜
    Jaimie Quinn age 15 💜

    Richard Browne

    Rest In Peace 😔

  18. Lucky Goose Check

  19. J Moore

    Damn this song brings me back. Its pretty good and I dont really like this kind of music. but its got bb king!

  20. Rufus T Firefly

    Lou Reed anyone?

  21. Lindsey F

    To all of us that grew up on this music: welcome to your midlife crisis. ❤

  22. Bruno Gomez

    Memories of 1996. Here from Argentina.

  23. Rachel Lisa

    David Letterman used to love this song. He would sing it every night on his show. He has such good taste. I don’t know why I just remembered that, and remembered this song, but I’m so glad I did. This song is still a little piece of magic. I’m right back in the 90’s with my angst and my flannel and docs. I miss it here.

  24. Jimbo Spice

    24 year old here. Heard this song in a coffee shop and luckily had the shazam app. Would love some song suggestions that remind you of this song. I love a song that can comfort you but haunt you at the same time. Really reminds me of the repetitive motion and uncertainty of life. But it leaves you with the beauty of it all

  25. hunterswine


  26. Coco Supernova

    Here because of cable guy

  27. ford prefect

    i know there was a music video for this bc the only reason I heard this was bc of much music but its not on youtube.

  28. gene Stewart

    such a dynamic vocal train ride with a melodic caboose that carries you through the song

  29. Kevin McGuire

    Im shakin it as youre reading this

  30. Shanna D.

    Nostalgic "cd skip" sound hidden.

  31. Barbie Burnett

    yes!!!pure gold!!

  32. Jake Acosta

    1.4k viewers must be insane or without ears, check ou t our new album

  33. Colin McMahon

    You don't Love me, and it always showed.

    ..abd then told.

    That part, after the last to know, also, I leave the fathoming ro create Society 6, Album Art Divisional All Incusion Cleftmoron branch

    Sonethinf rhat just kills trees... I dunno. I'm prolly on drugs looking for my Umbrella while Thumper demands his camera back from Muslims... But for the most Log.

    On A Beach, this Christmas. KND rollout Corner. In 40 years we're hoping for a Fountain and a court.

  34. Colin McMahon

    A Solution to tour Asynchronicity

    It's no Pip Collins....

    Yeasu in my room? Ion cannons firing, hitting drive in smoke I would be repatrated with, irregardless...

    Thompson, Johnny...ny other ubder mattress love letter?

    Keeping Brum Dummmer?


  35. Colin McMahon

    ..and how about THIS Now? Now?
    Now? Too bad. That one's dead too now.

    Picking tour fingers ND not pointing them out wirh michael jacnons nose too..let alone KTs ..decades late to know HOW much.

  36. Keith Segovia

    I love it when I hear a beat or melody so fire that my jaw drops

  37. Zach Schultz

    ever since the day we met

  38. Zach Schultz

    doo doo da do do da a do

  39. Adrian Benningfield

    I don'tregret going. I just wish you were here with me.

  40. Adrian Benningfield

    Miss you Nubia.

  41. Nugsy Malone

    Sobieski brings me here

  42. Taco love

    The most important thing I learned in New Orleans is how to run drunk. .......There is nothing but me over here.

  43. blobcity

    nice! it even has a cd skip.

  44. Marcus Russo

    Never hold dislikes accountable....I was there too...plastered beyond repair and accidentally hit the thumbs down

  45. Joshua Anderson

    How're ya now?

  46. Alex Shah

    Been searching this song for decades. Finally found it.

  47. Jabbers Art

    this song makes me think of my early childhood, my big brother would play this cd while we played legos or hotwheels in his room, such good memories, thank you for the upload

  48. linda from ga

    Miss you Travis S

  49. ctboy1989

    Am I the only guy who cannot keep a stiff upper lip when I hear this? I’ll be 30 soon and remember this song as a kid. I always wonder who did it until recently. I maybe almost 30 but I may as well have lived 50 years. Through battles with depression through other battles I shed a tear every time I hear this. Please tell me I am not the only guy who does this.

    Exian Ne'ros

    no u ain't bro

  50. Cinzabeary

    Played in art classes in every school since

  51. Kent Collins

    Reminds me of beck

  52. MemesAreDreams

    This song reminds me of Pogo and Nujabes

    Russ Zolti

    RIP Nujabes

  53. Kondwa Thawethe

    Who's here through Letterkenny

  54. Dean Corrll

    What’s a phone booth??

  55. Charles Woolley

    When I first heard this song,
    the title struck me a "Murphy's
    Law", or a take on Alanis's song
    "Ironic". You have change, and
    searching all over for a phone,
    you find one...and it's broken.

  56. CS P & W

    I'm so fascinated by the album cover. I can't imagine an image which better conveys the mood and feeling of this song. The man is alone on some urban street, possibly an industrial district. We don't see his face, but that is not necessary. It is enough that we see he is looking down towards the ground as we tend to do on a rough day, those days when we feel crushed or defeated.

  57. Nelson Henriquez

    This song defines my childhood

  58. Ralph Acuna

    This jam is the shit

  59. Marilyn Mayonnaise

    Larry The Cable Guy brought me here

  60. Matty A

    I'm here because my douchebag 26 year old co-worker thinks this song is Moby. I am now $40 richer. Thanks!


    while he's giving the money tell him everybody is made of stars

    Matty A

    @matty I just told him that this would buy me 4 cases of beer. He told me it wouldn't even buy him one case. I love being "old". I'll coin that phrase up on Monday though.

  61. Andy Harkins

    This song will always have a place for mewhen I was younger and homeless and teying to find something to eatAnywaysI listened to it on my alexa this a.m. and I had tears in my eyes before the sun even came up

  62. Andrea Mahoney

    Praise for this song.

  63. Hava Arifi

    BEAUTIFUL real lyrics.....

  64. Druid

    How are ya now?


    t'was early morning suday i guess a real feel good song just stuck in my head and always brings me back to that 90's

  66. Brady Norris

    At 2:28, the plane touching down on Bourbon Street.

  67. Brady Norris

    The distorted guitar at the end is so beautiful and relaxing.

  68. Miggy Z

    Just discovered this song from checking out, Being Erica with her kissed a girl scene.
    Shazam!!! And I'm here. Mwahhahahahaa

  69. mynochrancher

    The beat skip at 3:10 somehow gets more amazing every year

  70. Yasmin McEwen

    1:43a.m.-4h night in a row my neighbor has deliberately pushed his speakers up near where my head is and blasting his JESUS talkshow. I was sound asleep. This song is really great to listen to on Youtube since I can't get ANY reception on my regular radio due to his taking over the airwaves which i think is a violation of FCC but nobody cares it has been since 2006 now every single apartment I have these JESUS neighbors BLASTING their speakers directly into my wall-1am2am3am---they deliberately WAKE ME and my Therapy Dog up at 1am2am3am hitting my floor!! CEILING!!!WALL-they have tried to bludgeon me thru the wall the 1st night i was home from major surgery-they have aimed their SUV AT me and my sweet doggie and tried to run us over and screamed-"YOUR DEAD!!!"---NOBODY WILL STOP THESE PEOPLE FROM HURTING ME!!!!! They will not STOP!!! DELIBERATE
    I am a human being 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢they won't stop hurting me and my doggie 🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶 HELP!!!!!!!!

  71. Robert Guerra

    It's been over 15 years I have been looking for this song. My life is now complete!!!

  72. Daniel Cowan

    I wish I could get a full song of B.B.King singing to this beat & music

  73. Ted Best

    1996 4am pulling onto the I5 north Seattle headed home to Vancouver in my old Jeep pickup. Vulnerable Gulf Storm boys and all the rest

  74. Brabus 76

    Cable guy (Jim Carrey) brought me here!

  75. Heather Fee

    Good Ole LetterKenny...Brings us back...😀

  76. Brian Cox

    Heard this for the first time four days ago. Can't stop playing it. Moby meets Lou Reed. Fantastic track.

  77. Eric Wilson

    One of the best songs all time!

  78. Jason Crawley

    I was asked to do an Eclectic Mix Set for an online radio station earlier this year. I kicked the set of with my 7" of this tune. I still totally love this to bits. Makes me giddy still.

  79. Cautiously Optimistic

    Why are you doing this, Steven? I made you scrambie eggs

  80. Micah Borne

    Howard Stern showed me this song


    Its every day broooo

  82. Andrew Bluebells

    brilliant song first ive heard it....2019

  83. Orin Martin

    Thanks to ya letter kenney for recommending this song. Well Pitter Patter

  84. Jenn Koko

    I been downhearted baby ever since the day i was born...:)


    A secret heroin song???

  86. Paul Den

    I've been on a high-level search for this song


    I live constant holiday

  88. Steeve Daw

    Aren't we all just standing outside a broken phone booth with money in our hand?

  89. Jason Perez cause I 💘 this song

  90. aknonnerd

    I wonder if Wayne ever downloaded this on iTunes?

  91. Massachusetts DashCam

    My father showed me the Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side and I instantly thought of this song becaus ethe the base line and shuffling noise. I didn't know the name of this song so I searched for days until I finally found it.

  92. clodagh malone

    what a brilliant song,spine tingling

  93. Onondaga Sardino

    No idea what the lyrics are Do Ya?

  94. robert bruce

    Today 10/11 I’m 57 years of age.
    Primitive radio gods ushered me into my soft late middle age.
    After Pink Floyd, these primitive radio gods capture my mood very succinctly
    I’ve been down hearted baby
    I’ve been down hearted baby.
    (And will this feeling ever leave my lonely soul? Not until my dying day. )

    Ever since the day you left.

  95. Skylar Bradley

    Bet it's on iTunes

  96. Reilly Boyle

    "ohhhhh christmas for snakes. ohhhh christmas for snakes"

  97. trucker matt

    I bet it's on iTunes