09 AUG 2019: Probably the most quintessential song about Toronto, Murray McLauchlan’s ‘Down by the Henry Moore’ was released in 1974 and holds up just as well today. McLauchlan said he wrote it as a sort of travelogue to make people feel good about Toronto.

“A lot of my friends were complaining that there was nothing happening in the city. I believe you can always find something to do if you look for it. So, I decided to write a strutting-around-Toronto song to say it’s up to you: you can either enjoy yourself or dump on everything.”


Murray McLauchlan - Diamond Club, Toronto Feb. 1989


Down By The Henry Moore

I walked down to Kensington Market
Bought me a fish to fry
I went to the Silver Dollar
Looked a stranger in the eye
A friend of mine says
That he don't think this town's so out of sight
But he's got shades 'round his soul
And he thinks he's seen the light
Singin' don't you want to keep on moving
Don't you want to get undone
Don't you want to change from losing
Don't you want to have some fun
I went down to the Palm Grove
I was jumpin' around the room
I was wearing my sneakers down
And castin' away my gloom
This fat girl come up and grabbed me
She sat me on her knee
She said you wrote that Farmer's Song
And she spilled a drink on me
Singin' don't you want to keep on moving
Don't you want to get undone
Don't you want to change from losing
Don't you want to have some fun
I went down to the Henry Moore
Skated all in the Square
The moon above my shoulder
And the ice was in my hair
Alone but never lonely
That's how I like to be
If you want to have fun
Like a rock'n roll bum
Don't think the worst of me
Singin' don't you want to keep on moving
Don't you want to get undone
Don't you want to change from losing
Don't you want to have some fun

Songwriters: Murray Mclauchlan

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