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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

(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.

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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