British singer Petula Clark said she felt “shock and disbelief” that Nashville bomber Anthony Quinn Warner used her hit song “Downtown” to blast from his RV before the explosion.
“I feel the need to express my shock and disbelief at the Christmas Day explosion in our beloved Music City,” Clark, 88, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
“A few hours later — I was told that the music in the background of that strange announcement — was me — singing “Downtown!” Of all the thousands of songs — why this one?” she wrote.
Clark added that “millions of people all over the world have been uplifted by this joyful song.”
The singer cited the opening line of the 1964 hit tune — “when you’re alone and life is making you lonely you can always go downtown.”
“Perhaps you can read something else into these words — depending on your state of mind,” she said. “It’s possible.”
A responding cop on Sunday revealed he heard Clark’s tune playing from the explosive-rigged RV that Warner, 63, parked outside an AT&T facility in the Tennessee city on Christmas Day before it blew up.
Three people were injured in the explosion, which damaged dozens of buildings and cut off communication through a wide swatch of the state.
“Why this violent act — leaving behind it such devastation,” Clark wrote.
“I would like to wrap my arms around Nashville — give you all a hug — and wish you Love, a Happy and Health New Year,” she wrote. “And, as we say sometimes in the U.K., steady the Buffs! (Look it up!)”
The British expression means “stay calm, be careful, and persevere,” according to website The Word Detective.
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