Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #198 – “Don’t Look Down,” from Danny Collins

 

198. “Don’t Look Down,” from Danny Collins

An underrated tune from an underrated movie. This one got dismissed when it came out (I’m culpable here, too), but I’ve rediscovered it over the past five years. The premise of the film is based on a a real musician, who found amongst his things a letter than John Lennon had written to him 35 years prior. So they took that idea and wrote this movie around Al Pacino, basically playing a Neil Diamond-type singer who is now 70 and finds this letter, which makes him realize all the shitty choices he’s made in his life. So he goes to reconnect with his estranged son, Bobby Cannavale, who’s secretly dealing with this illness that he hasn’t told his wife about.

This song is the one that Pacino slowly writes over the course of the film. The first song we hear of his is an empty pop-type diddy, but this is the introspective ballad he writes as he truly comes to terms with the choices he’s made. And while you don’t really get the full tune, because it plays over the montage, and while Pacino’s voice isn’t the strongest, it’s a really nice song. It’s the kind of song that belongs on a list like this, because it’s an original song written for a movie that actually has narrative importance to the film.

One response

  1. Uncle Joe

    Don’t look down (Bryan Adams – Al Pacino movie)

    It’s spring in my mind
    But the autumn leaves, they fall
    As I am walking by, I collect them all
    Like the people I have loved
    And the people I have wrong
    Their names upon a scroll, and the list goes on and on (uncertain)
    I’d carried my burden like it was never there
    Stumbling around strange houses in the night
    I’m walking blind upon this road in search of higher ground
    Don’t look back
    And I want to be strong
    And I want to believe
    And I want to still believe
    In my mind it’s still spring
    I’d carried my burden like it was never there
    Stumbling around strange houses in the night
    I’d carried my burden like it was never there

    Stumbling down the walls for the light (uncertain)
    I’m walking blind upon this road in search of higher ground
    I’m walking blind upon this road in search of higher ground
    Walking blind upon this road in search of higher ground
    Don’t look back
    Don’t look back
    Don’t look back
    And don’t look down

    November 6, 2020 at 1:57 pm

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