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Our Town
Song Information
Recorded by

James Taylor

Written by

Randy Newman

Album

Cars Soundtrack

Length

4:07

Used in

Cars

"Our Town" is a song used in Cars. It is performed by James Taylor.

The song is a ballad that recounts the economic decline of the fictional town of Radiator Springs after the construction of Interstate 40.

At the 49th Grammy Awards (given on February 11, 2007), the song won the award for Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media. The same night, Newman's work for Cars won for Music in an Animated Feature Production, at the 34th Annie Awards. The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but lost to "I Need to Wake Up" from An Inconvenient Truth.

This song serves as track 5 on the Cars soundtrack. There is also an instrumental version featured on Disney's Karaoke Series: Cars along with a vocal version sung by Neil Donell.

Lyrics

James Taylor - Our Town

James Taylor - Our Town

(Note: Bold lyrics are not in the movie)
(Instrumental intro)

Long ago, but not so very long ago,
The world was different, oh yes it was.
You settled down, and you built a town, and made it live.
And you watched it grow,
It was your town.

(Instrumental)

Time goes by, time brings changes, you change, too.
Nothing comes that you can't handle, so on you go.
You never see it coming, when the world caves in on you.
On your town,
There's nothing you can do.

Main street isn't main street anymore.
Lights don't shine as brightly, as they shone before.
To tell the truth, lights don't shine at all,
In our town.

(Instrumental)

Sun comes up each morning,
Just like it's always done.
Get up, go to work, and start the day.
You open up for business that's never gonna come,
As the world rolls by a million miles away.

Main street isn't main street anymore.
No one seems to need us like they did before.
It's hard to find a reason left to stay.
But it's our town,
Love it anyway.
Come what may, it's our town.

Cars
Characters
Lightning McQueenDoc HudsonTow MaterSally CarreraSheriffLuigiGuidoFillmoreSargeRamoneFloLizzieRedStanleyTractorsFrankStrip WeathersChick HicksMackRusty and Dusty Rust-ezeTex DinocoFredMia and TiaLynda WeathersHarvSnot RodBoostDJWingoNot ChuckDexter HooverBessieJerry Recycled BatteriesAlbert HinkeyVroomaroundus BugusBarney StorminAl OftMinnyVanKori TurbowitzBob CutlassDarrell CartripBrianDan SclarkenbergKim CarllinsSkip RicterChukiJay LimoSvenChuck ManifoldMichael SchumacherAntonio Veloce EccellenteCostanzo Della CorsaMario AndrettiWinford Bradford RutherfordSage VanDerSpinClaude ScruggsGreg CandymanMurray ClutchburnRyan ShieldsLee RevkinsTodd MarcusBilly OilchangerChuck ArmstrongCrusty RotorRusty CornfuelAiken AxlerErnie GearsonKevin RacingtireFloyd MulvihillDavey ApexSlider PetrolskiBrush CurberRalph CarlowDirkson D'AgostinoManny FlywheelHaul InngasMisti MotorkrassEugene CarbureskiJames CleanairRuby OaksKevin ShiftrightDarren LeadfootMac iCarPonchy WipeoutJohnny BlamerDale Earnhardt, Jr.Rotor TurboskyGrayDinoco Crew ChiefLuke PettleworkDinoco GirlsChief ChickChick Hicks HaulerWide Chick PittyBruiser BukowskiTrunk Fresh Crew ChiefTrunk Fresh HaulerTrunk Fresh PittyEric RoadalesHugo FastNitroade Crew ChiefErnest B. RaykesPiccolo PerryLeak Less HaulerStacyEarl FilterMood Springs PittyMood Springs HaulerN2O Cola PittyRoman DunesShirley SpinoutNo Stall HaulerChief RPM"Petrol" PulaskiRPM HaulerOctane Gain HaulerDudley SpareOctane Gain Crew ChiefJerry DrivechainWells RunaboutSenior TraxNebekenezer SchmidtEasy Idle Crew ChiefEasy Idle PittyVitoline PittyVitoline HaulerBumper Save PittyVinyl Toupee HaulerSidewall Shine HaulerShifty Drug HaulerGasprin HaulerView Zeen HaulerShiny Wax HaulerCBDan Haulin'Charlie CheckerRace Official TomTowMarco AxelbenderRichard Clayton KensingtonAxle AcceleratorMarlon "Clutches" McKayBernie BanksArtieBrian Fee ClampMarcoStu BopKathy CopterRon HoverChuck Choke CablesNelson Blindspot"Studs" McGirdleDash BoardmanHoomanHouser BoonBertTim RimmerAndreaMattiCora CopperOliver LightloadGilChet BoxkaarBen CrankleshaftPaul ValdezTimothy "Timezone" TruecoatMildred BylaneEdwin KranksDustin MellowsGretaHank "Halloween" MurphyValerie VeateNicky B.Marilyn StickersNick StickersDerek "Decals" DobbsPercy HanbrakesMilton CalypeerMiles "Meattruck" MaloneThe Convoy BrothersMiloJohnny and JamieWilmar FlattzBarry DieselBrad WinmilerDarla VandersonPolly PuddlejumperJ. Low LeeTrev DieselBudR.M.LarryElvisVernBenny BrakedrumCoriander WidetrackBrake BoydM.A. Brake DrummSyd VanDerKamperMarty BrakeburstMatthew "True Blue" McCrewKit RevsterDonna PitsJonathan WrenchworthsAndy VaporlockMichael SparkberJ. ShoesteerJapethCraig FasterSwift AlternetterBennie CaliperTimothy TwostrokeToddBertha ButterswagonClayton GentlebreezeDuff WrecksThe Autobahn SocietyAlphanumerosHamm CentercutBuzz Light CarWoodyFlikP.T. FleaP.T. Flea's Circus TroupeSulleyMikeYetiLeroy TraffikMurphyFrank "Pinky" PinkertonCharlie CargoT.J. HummerPattyJay W.Christina Wheeland
Voice Cast
Owen WilsonPaul NewmanBonnie HuntLarry the Cable GuyCheech MarinTony ShalhoubGuido QuaroniJenifer LewisPaul DooleyMichael WallisGeorge CarlinKatherine HelmondJohn RatzenbergerJoe RanftMichael KeatonRichard PettyDarrell WaltripBob CostasJeremy PivenJeremy ClarksonRichard KindEdie McClurgH. A. WheelerTom MagliozziRay MagliozziLynda PettyAndrew StantonDale Earnhardt, Jr.Michael SchumacherJay LenoMario AndrettiSarah ClarkMike NelsonJonas RiveraLou RomanoAdrian OchoaE.J. HolowickiElissa KnightLindsey CollinsLarry BentonDouglas KeeverTom HanksTim AllenBilly CrystalJohn GoodmanDave FoleyRodger BumpassArtie KempnerHooman KhaliliJess HarnellSonoko KonishiSheryl CrowJack AngelMichael BellBob BergenSusan BluAndrea BoerriesMarco BoerriesTorbin Xan BullockRichard CawoodScott ClarkKathy CoatesJennifer DarlingPaul EidingBill FarmerBrian FeeTeresa GanzelCraig GoodErik LangleySherry LynnDanny MannMickie McGowanLaraine NewmanTeddy NewtonColleen O' ShaughnesseyBob PetersonSteve PurcellA.J. Riebli IIIDan ScanlonStephen SchafferKen SchretzmannBob ScottMatt StaudtJim and Jay WardColette Whitaker
Crew
John LasseterJoe RanftDarla K. AndersonThomas PorterJorgen KlubienDan FogelmanKiel MurrayPhil LorinKen SchretzmannRandy Newman
Songs
Real GoneRoute 66Life is a HighwayBehind the CloudsOur TownSh-BoomFind YourselfMy Heart Would Know
Songs
From Films
"Real Gone" • "Route 66" • "Life is a Highway" • "Behind the Clouds" • "Our Town" • "Sh-Boom" • "Find Yourself" • "My Heart Would Know" • "You Might Think" • "Collision of Worlds" • "Mon Cœur Fait Vroum" • "Nobody's Fool" • "Polyrhythm" • "Nothing Can Stop Me Now" • "You Don't Stop - NYC" • "Fly" • "Love Machine" • "Ein Crop Duster Can Race" • "Still I Fly" • "Runway Romance" • "All In" • "Run That Race" • "Kings Highway" • "Truckaroo" • "Thunder Hollow Breakdown" • "Glory Days" • "Ride" • "Drive My Car" • "Freeway of Love"
From Games
"Free Ride" • "Best Looking Guy in Town" • "C'mon Let's Go" • "Rock This Town" • "Night Drive" • "What I Want" • "Here I Am" • "White Knuckle Ride" • "Lil' Darlin" • "Stop the Rock" • "What I Like About You"
From Attractions
"Welcome to Radiator Springs" • "Radiator Rock" • "Mambo Italiano" • "Stop in the Name of Love" • "Riding in My Car (Car Car Song)" • "Low Rider" • "Junkyard Jamboree" • "Big Bulldozer" • "Tow Mater (The One You Want to Call)" • "Mater's Square Dance" • "Let's Go Driving" • "Radiator Springs Racers: Attraction Ride Through" • "Party Rock Anthem" • "Good Feeling" • "Dancing in the Street" • "Car Wash" • "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" • "What Makes You Beautiful" • "Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)" • "Conga" • "Don't Go"
Miscellaneous
"Rollin' in the Rearview" • "Songbird" • "The Star-Spangled Banner" • "Me and You" • "Westbound Sign" • "Trouble" • "City to City" • "Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)" • "Vantage Point Theme" • "Crash" • "Shut Up and Drive" • "Mater Bells" • "More Human than Human" • "Don't Bring Me Down" • "Tere Bina" • "Up in the Air" • "Fly High" • "The Girl from Ipanema" • "Anchors Aweigh" • "Thunderstruck"
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