Song Info (from Beatlesongs):”I’m Down” is on the Beatles For Sale album, and was 90% McCartney, 10% Lennon. It was released as a single in the States on July 19, 1965, and didn’t crack the Hot 100. The Beatles used it in their live sets in ’65 and ’66, and it was the very first song Aerosmith ever recorded – they used it as a demo.
It wasn’t too long after I got married that I fell down the stairs into the basement. No, that isn’t some way of saying my wife hits me – I actually fell down the stairs.
Technically it was only one stair, the last one. I had left the light off because I didn’t think I needed it. I hadn’t needed it the previous 200 times I’d gone downstairs. This time, though, the dimness, the light color of the carpet on the stairs, and the light color of the linoleum in the basement joined forces like a malevolent Voltron bent on destroying me.
I don’t remember how I landed, I just remember that it hurt. I’d like to think I spun effortlessly and quickly in the air to land on my back, but I doubt that happened. Not even my penchant for exaggeration will let me get away with that one. I landed unceremoniously and stayed there for a while, lamenting my lack of grace, my stupidity, and my inability to turn the experience into a good story.
I fell. That was it. I didn’t even do it with any style. I wasn’t hurt in any long-lasting way, and I wasn’t bleeding. I went on about my business after a few minutes of lying on the basement floor, and that was that.
Every time I go down those stairs now, I get nervous. I’ve been using stairs for over 30 years now, mostly incident-free. But this one little tumble has messed me all up. There’ve been days when I get to the bottom of the stairs and I feel with my foot for the next step, just to make sure.
It’s been six months. I’m not sure how to stop thinking about that last step.