In a long promo interview in September 2007, Dave Gahan was asked about every song off 'Hourglass' including this one:
"That's actually one of my favourites on the album and I just wanted to end the album in a very un-sort of-Hollywood way. I mean, the album for me has got a very kind of filmic quality about it and someone when I was doing interviews in, in Berlin they brought up about it being, I think it was Berlin, it sort of playing, reading like a book or playing like a film, and I liked that. Um yeah and you know Down was the perfect song to end the album on. Throughout the recording, you know, right from quite early on, I knew I knew I wanted to start with Saw Something and end the, what I call the first side of the album, with Miracles and end the second side with Down. So I kind of had a structure of how it was going to play out. I think Down is like one of the strongest sort of lyrics and melodies on the album, and I particularly like the slow drawly sort of almost country-like feel of the music."
He also said in the press release for 'Hourglass':
"It's one of my favorites. It's almost got a kind of country feel to it. It's the last little reflection of where I left off with Paper Monsters. Visually it's reflecting back to the days when I wasn't participating in life. There are certainly times when I'm still, like, fuck it, let's crack open the bottle of Jack Daniels."
Dates where Down was played
Down has never been played live.