British signatory Petula Clark has expressed dismay and disappointment after her song “Downtown” was heard from the suspected Nashville bomber’s vehicle filled with explosives just before the tragic incident on Friday.
“I was told that the background music on that strange announcement – I -” Downtown! “Singed,” said Clark in a statement on Facebook. “Of all the thousands of songs – why this one?”
In surveillance videos depicting the moment of the bombing, Clark’s pop number plays under an evacuation warning. The singer, whose number appears to record the crime of the alleged attacker, also expressed “shock and disbelief” during the explosion in the city center of the music mecca. She also said that many listeners found joy and much-needed comfort in her hymn, but noted that “You may read something different in these words, depending on your state of mind.”
The singer concluded her statement with comforting and sympathetic words for the residents of Nashville and those shaken by the event.
“I want to put my arms around Nashville – hug you all – and wish you all the best, a happy and healthy New Year – and, as we sometimes say in the UK, stabilize the buff!” She wrote.
Clark’s “Downtown”, composed by Tony Hatch, made its debut in 1964 and climbed the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart.
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