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The Wallflowers — 6th Avenue Heartache
Album: Bringing Down the Horse
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6.9

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Total ratings: 610









Released: 1992
Length: 5:25
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Sirens ring, the shots ring out
A stranger cries, screams out loud
I had my world strapped against my back
I held my hands, never knew how to act

And the same black line that was drawn on you
Was drawn on me
And now it's drawn me in
6th Avenue heartache

Below me was a homeless man
I'm singin' songs I knew complete
On the steps alone, his guitar in hand
It's fifty years, stood where he stands

Now walkin' home on those streets
The river winds move my feet
Subway steam, like silhouettes in dreams
They stood by me, just like moonbeams

Look out the window, down upon that street
And gone like a midnight was that man
But I see his six strings laid against that wall
And all his things, they all look so small

I got my fingers crossed on a shooting star
Just like me just moved on
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 thewiseking wrote:
Would you rather have
6th Avenue Heartache
or
10th Avenue FreezeOut?
 
...positively 4th street
Would you rather have
6th Avenue Heartache
or
10th Avenue FreezeOut?
The one song that makes me appreciate Adam Duritz's singing.
 jules44 wrote:
BTW~ geo. Harrison taught JD to play guitar..........hear the influence....yup!

 
That may be true, but the slide guitar you hear is Mike Campbell, from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers....but he definitely has some George Harrison in his style.
It kills me to think that I bought this CD in 1992.  Years!  Thanks for playing it though.  
I'm comfortable with this song, but it does nothing to inspire me. Just very nice background music that does not make me think.
 drewd wrote:
totally!



I never knew.. I can definitely hear that now that you've mentioned it........
 


 jules44 wrote:
BTW~ geo. Harrison taught JD to play guitar..........hear the influence....yup!
 



I never knew.. I can definitely hear that now that you've mentioned it........
BTW~ geo. Harrison taught JD to play guitar..........hear the influence....yup!
Try the CD ~Breach~.....awesome album by the Wallflowers!

Also~ Red Letter Days~ Is good.
the newest Cd...meh, they haven't found their groove yet.( after 7 years apart)
 lmic wrote: 
Heh - so the chip is off the old block. Seems to me this 6th Ave apple fell straight from the (positively) 4th St tree.

 
{#Cheers}
Is it Jon Brion that played the guitar solo on this track? 

Didn't know that Dylan's boy was in the Wallflowers.  

 

Nice.  Rambling electric country.  


 vit wrote:


Just pictured Bob Dylan hammering on his kid's door: "Turn that trash down!"  ...walks away muttering.

 
 {#Lol}
what a droney mess{#Sad}
 Stave wrote:

That's odd.  In my experience for most couples it's the woman who likes it and the guy who just sort of has to grit his teeth and deal.
 
Nah, the wife just looks at me and says can't I play something else, SOON !!!

6->7

My recent purchase of one their albums (not this one, but also RP-inspired) has greatly increased my appreciation.


Takes me back to when I was in a band...drummer wrote a parody, "6th Avenue Hardee's"
Good days, indeed! 
This song makes me happy every time I hear it.
Takes me back to a time when my only worries where if there was pizza for lunch. 
 gabrielle7nt wrote:

Dig it. Jakob is easy on the ears and eyes

 
Safe to say he's better looking than his dad (but then so are most barnyard animals).

Dig it. Jakob is easy on the ears and eyes.


 TimeWaster wrote:
I think that's Adam Duritz from Counting Crows doing harmony
 
Now I know why I don't like this one as much as other Wallflowers tunes. That guy's voice will spoil anything, in my humble and bitter opinion.


I don't know what it is about this song....why I want to sing along ... it's a perfect song for me.
Not bad!
 alanthecowboy wrote:
Whether the apple falls from the tree or not has never been debated.
Heh - so the chip is off the old block. Seems to me this 6th Ave apple fell straight from the (positively) 4th St tree.

 Jared wrote:
So the apple does fall from the tree. huh
 
Whether the apple falls from the tree or not has never been debated.  It's the distance from the tree that said apple winds up that has inspired the saying you are attempting to paraphrase...

This was released in 1996, not '92

So the apple does fall from the tree. huh
 arserocket wrote:
An awful lot o'hollerin gow-en awn in this eer song
 
That's it! That's why it irritates after a few listens.
Over time this one loses its luster.
 ilibjorn wrote:
Dylan's son's hit.  8.  My wife can't stand it. 
 
That's odd.  In my experience for most couples it's the woman who likes it and the guy who just sort of has to grit his teeth and deal.


Dylan's son's hit.  8.  My wife can't stand it. 
 WonderLizard wrote:
 EssexTex wrote:

I'm hearing Aerosmith

And Bob Seger, Springsteen, and a little bit of George Harrison's slide guitar tone thrown in for good measure. Gives you an idea of what they were listening to while they were growing up.


 
Maybe you are supposed to.  It's about those that went before you... in particular perhaps, not always the famous ones, but he's crossing his fingers on a star....

LIke it a lot.

Love it.
{#Hearteyes}
An awful lot o'hollerin gow-en awn in this eer song
 TimeWaster wrote:
I think that's Adam Duritz from Counting Crows doing harmony


 

I was thinking the same thing. Good ear.

Now get back to work!

Both of us.
so dull i almost couldn't rate it.

and...didn't stand up to time, in my opinion.

didn't mind it when it was first out. i got the novelty. but...not now.
well it sounds very much like 'sign language', from his daddy. but it's a listenable, nice tune.
 nate917 wrote:
I understand that this is Jakob's only direct reference to his dad in his music.
 
But if that were the case, it would be called "Absolutely 6th Avenue Heartache Hat Blues".


Country twang for an homage to NYC is weird. But I like it. 7
WonderLizard wrote:
EssexTex wrote:
I'm hearing Aerosmith

And Bob Seger, Springsteen, and a little bit of George Harrison's slide guitar tone thrown in for good measure. Gives you an idea of what they were listening to while they were growing up.




Just pictured Bob Dylan hammering on his kid's door: "Turn that trash down!"  ...walks away muttering.

Good Song from the 1990's, and a good way to end my work day. Thank you Bill for the awesome music you played today. {#Daisy}
I think that's Adam Duritz from Counting Crows doing harmony

 siandbeth wrote:
I really like this song, I'm a sucker for harmonies like this
 


 EssexTex wrote:

I'm hearing Aerosmith



And Bob Seger, Springsteen, and a little bit of George Harrison's slide guitar tone thrown in for good measure. Gives you an idea of what they were listening to while they were growing up.


...wish you were here.
Common.
I'm hearing Aerosmith
This is probably my favorite Wallflowers song.
Try as I might, I can't make any sense of the lyrics.
jesspra wrote:
And now it's drawing me in.... :guitarist:
Is that Brooklyn Yeah!!! or yeah, you know, New York?
I understand that this is Jakob's only direct reference to his dad in his music.
DoctorHooey wrote:
This was a great album.
agree. I'd always be happy to hear more of it.
And now it's drawing me in.... :guitarist:
oh god those eyes ... mmmmmm :curtain:
Can't believe I hadn't rated this gem yet. Strong 8. Good talent.
Ah, from when "Alternative" was "Pop" briefly.
excellent tune from a classic 90's album
Second time today that I've heard this song. Bizarro!
I really like this song, I'm a sucker for harmonies like this
This was a great album. What happened to these guys?