Johnny Marr (de son vrai nom John Martin Maher) est un musicien anglais né à Manchester. Guitariste, compositeur, mais également clavieriste, harmoniciste et chanteur, il est surtout connu pour son rôle de compositeur au sein du groupe culte des années 1980 : The Smiths.
Son jeu de guitare créatif, mélodique et harmonieux en a fait une référence pour toute une génération de musiciens anglo-saxons, notamment le Mancunien Noel Gallagher (Oasis) ou John Squire (Stone Roses).
J’aime bien faire Down On The Corner en classe avec mes élèves :
La chanson est sur l’album Boomslang (2003). Et en passant, je vous recommande son dernier album, The Messenger (2013).
La vidéo a été filmée par Eric Tu :
“It was it the very first date of Johnny’s US tour with the Healers, the Coachella gig was the next day .
When we first met, i immediately felt the calmness and simplicity of Johnny and I loved the fact that the ‘legendary guitarist’ was actually a real down to earth person… which
to me gave the song an even more raw honesty.
I felt that the video should convey that, hence, the portrait concept.
Johnny was willing to do whatever was necessary to get the job done for the video… but he actually didn’t need to do more than one take because he nailed it. Johnny just being Johnny.
We framed the shot like a portrait of his daily life. The rest of the action in the video , the doors opening and closing, the shots of Sunset Blvd through the door, the people in the reflections sound checking for the evening gig at the Viper Room, was totally unplanned and natural. Those were really his roadies setting up… no hired extras.
The video was shot in all one-take and intentionally camera choreographed to be honest and subtle.”
capo 3rd fret intro - Dsus4 D F Am G (4x) Dsus4 D F Am G You run around On the rebound Everyone says you're going all the way down Out of your mind All of the time Stare at the wall She's got it all now Dsus4 D F Am G (3x) Dsus4 D F Am G What's goin' on? Time slips away You got it all wrong I saw her today and that's all Get up off the ground Back on your feet It's easily done She didn't mean to hurt no one Asus2/E Walk on down that street where we need you Bb Down on the corner G Where there's nothing to do Dsus4 D F Am G You've got to believe Take it from me But don't take too long You're never gonna go wrong Get up off the ground Back on your feet It's easily done She didn't mean to hurt no one Dsus4 D F Am G (2X) Asus2/E You can walk right back where you started Bm G Friends moved on, it's all gone wrong Asus2/E Walk on down that street where we need you Bb Down on the corner G Where there's nothing to do Dsus4 D F Am G Get what you need na na na na na when you're feelin bad Step back and see It ain't really too bad Asus2/E You can walk right back where you started Bm G Friends move on, it's all gone wrong Asus2/E Walk on down that street where we need you Bb Down on the corner G Where there's nothing to do Dsus2/E Am (3x) Dsus4 D F Am G Take it from me See to believe Don't take too long Do it, right See to believe Take it from me Don't take too long Do it, right Dsus4 D F Am G carries through all verses, fast upbeat strumming.