Down On Yesler Avenue

By ManWithHat

I wrote this song about some Seattle's sordid history, the Underground. Quick recap: In the late 1800s, there was a fire in downtown, and it burned up a lot of the old buildings. For logistical purposes, they raised the street level during the repairs, so portions of Seattle became underground, and those portions, which you can still tour, were prime retail territory. They were also dangerous places, and full of prostitutes, referred to as "seamstresses." Fun fact: The people who funded most of the rebuilding process? The aforementioned prostitutes. In a town full of miners, sailors and lumberjacks, who's gonna have the most money?


Key: Am


Chorus:
Come on down to the market
Down below the street
Come on down to the market
But be steady on your feet
Come on down to the market
They got pleasure by the pound
Come on down to the market
But don't get lost underground!


Get yourself a ticket to the Yukon gold
You're the rudest ice-cube in this cargo hold
Your passion is hot, but your lips are blue
The seamstresses are selling their wares
Using a glass ceiling, advertising their fares
With your buttons and zippers, she knows what to do
Down on Yesler Avenue!


Chorus


Watch your wallet or it will run
To the hands of the man with the shiny toy gun
What dreadful things in the shadowy corners ensue?
I've learned my lesson, and I learned it well
I've broken the unspoken underground spell
With Pioneer Square, this singer is through!
Down on Yesler Avenue!
Down on Yesler Avenue!

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Down On Yesler Avenue

Created: Aug 17, 2011

Tags: history, prostitution, swing, seattle, jazz, guitar

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