Dow Commercial – Quiet Train

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Artist: The Ink Spots
Song: Whispering Grass

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Dow Commercial Description

2012 tv commercial for Dow Chemical features a train, without the train, just the people. It’s a quiet group of people traveling along train tracks, except there is no train, just a crowd. My favorite part is when they all go into the tunnel, and everybody pulls their cellphones out and uses their flashlight apps. We see the “train” traveling through the city, not disturbing anyone, including a man taking a nape, an old woman watering her flowers with her bird, a woman with her sleeping baby, and even a wedding.

More About Artist & Song

The Ink Spots were a popular doo-wap group that formed in the 1930’s in Indianapolis. They were considered to be pioneers of the doo-wap genera, which was a precursor to rock n’ roll. So influential to rock n’ roll, they were even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as influences in 1989. The song “Whispering Grass (Don’t Tell The Trees)” was written in the 1940’s by Fred Fisher and originally recorded by Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra in 1940. It’s been covered numerous times since then, including by The Ink Spots in 1940. Ringo Starr even covered the song on his 1970 album “Sentimental Journey”.

Voiceover Says

Dow Solutions use vibration technology to help reduce track noise. So trains move quietly through urban areas all over the world. Sometimes the best solutions are the ones you never hear about. Together, the elements of science and the human element can solve anything. Solutions, the new optimism.

Song Lyrics Used in Ad

Why do you whisper, green grass?
Why tell the tress what ain’t so?
Whispering grass, the trees don’t have to know, no, no

Why tell them all your secrets?
Who kissed there long ago
Whispering grass, the trees don’t need to know

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10 Responses to “Dow Commercial – Quiet Train”

  1. John Simolike
    March 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Great song. Made me pay attention to and enjoy the commercial. Congratulation to Dow Chemical’s marketing people and the creator(s) of this wonderful commercial.

  2. April 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    I can not get the song out of my head. It is a beautiful song . I will try to find a recording of it. The artist sounds like a woman singing could that be the Ink Spots?

    Thanks for the information.

  3. April 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    This ad is so enjoyable I don’t want it to STOP! Love the song and I thought it was a female artist. My question is how did they get so many people on the train safely or is it just a computer generated image?

  4. Greg MacDougal
    April 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Great attention getter, I was flabergasted to learn that not only the Ink Spots and Erskine Hawkins recorded this song but Ringo Starr did on Sentimental Journey, 1970.
    Again, a great commerical.

  5. Kitatiger
    April 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    My favorite version is by the late Sandy Denny (once with the British folk-rock group “Fairport Convention”) on her solo album “An Old Fashioned Waltz”

  6. kyle
    May 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Really? Nice song but you people need to wash your ears…..did that voice sound like a woman??
    Is obvious is a man

    • May 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

      You know, that never really crossed my mind that the singer sounded like a woman in parts. But I can totally hear that. But I assure you, it’s an Ink Spots song, and the vocals are sung by a man. 🙂

  7. kyle
    May 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Its also called real music not that crap we all listen now justin queer and hanna skanktana

  8. kyle
    May 18, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Its amazing how music has changes this is so relaxing..even though every song got the same beat, but different lyrics. 1930s 1940s love that music! Nobody ever talks about music from that age. Those were the times when things were good! What ashame the world has become a pile of trash no days. Wish I could jump in a time machine and go back to that era. Oh well..maybe if i keep listening long enough to these guys, elle fitzgerald, and billie holiday…might feel like I went back in time.

  9. Lowell
    May 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    A great a TV ad thanks Dow for a great ad. Remember for everyone that leaves a good reply
    10 others only think about doing what we have done

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