Shutting Down Our Town

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"Shutting Down Our Town"
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Single by Jimmy Barnes
from the album My Criminal Record
Released26 April 2019 (2019-04-26)
Label BloodLines
Songwriter(s) Troy Cassar-Daley
Jimmy Barnes singles chronology
"My Criminal Record"
"Shutting Down Our Town"
"I Won't Let You Down"

"Shutting Down Our Town" is a song by Australian rock musician, Jimmy Barnes. It was released on 26 April 2019 as the second single from Barnes' studio album My Criminal Record .


In the week after its release, the song was the second most added song on radio, behind "Me!" by Taylor Swift. [1]

At the APRA Music Awards of 2020, "Shutting Down Our Town" won the Most Performed Rock Work of the Year. [2] [3] [4]

Background and release

Troy Cassar-Daley wrote "Shutting Down Our Town" for Barnes after finding inspiration from the Barnes' 2016 memoir Working Class Boy. Barnes said "I changed a couple of words just because of local knowledge, but it was 99.999% Troy's song” adding "...he played it to me and I immediately felt the connection." [5] Barnes said "This song has a lot of personal meaning. It's about growing up in Elizabeth and the closing down of the Holden factory where I once worked as a young working class boy in North Adelaide" adding "I drove through there not long after I heard the song for the first time, and I felt a pain in my heart for the people there who are battling, trying to make a living when everything is stacked up against them." [6] Barnes admits the song moved him to tears. [7]

"It's sort of a heartland "Working Class Man" anthem... This was written by somebody who feels the pain, and who's writing about the darker side of Australia which I never wanted to face before." [8]

Barnes premiered the song in November 2018 during his One Electric Day concert [9] and was officially released on 26 April 2019. [10]

Music video

The music video for "Shutting Down Our Town" was released on 6 May 2019. [11] [12]


Chart (2019)Peak
Australia Digital Tracks (ARIA) [13] 35

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