DANCING IN THE STREET

Live 1970 version


Callin' out around the world
Are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer's here and the time is right
For dancin' in the streets
They're dancin' in Chicago
Down in New Orleans
Up in New York City

All we need is music, sweet music
There'll be music everywhere
There'll be swingin', swayin' and records playin'
And dancin' in the streets

Oh, it doesn't matter what you wear
Just as long as you are there
So come on, every guy grab a girl
Everywhere around the world
There'll be dancin'
They're dancin' in the street

This is an invitation
Across the nation
A chance for the folks to meet
There'll be laughin' and singin' and music swingin'
And dancin' in the streets

Philadelphia, P.A. (Philadelphia, P.A.)
Baltimore and DC now (Baltimore and DC now)
Yeah don't forget the Motor City (can't forget the Motor City)

All we need is music, sweet music
There'll be music everywhere
There'll be swingin', swayin' and records playin'
And dancin' in the street, yeah

Oh, it doesn't matter what you wear
Just as long as you are there
So come on, every guy grasp a girl
Everywhere around the world
There'll be dancin'
They're dancin' in the streets

Philadelphia, P.A. (Philadelphia, P.A.)
Baltimore and DC now (Baltimore and DC now)
Yeah don't forget the Motor City (can't forget the Motor City)
All the way down in L.A. California
Not to mention Halifax Nova Scotia
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Manchester
Alexandria, Virginia, Virginia
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Originally by Martha And The Vandellas from their 1965 LP Dance Party. See the original Martha and the Vandellas version for more information about the song.

Played with Steel Mill in the early years, and five performances are know from that period:

  • 17 or 18 Jul 1970 at Sunshine In, Asbury Park, NJ (read below)
  • 14 Aug 1970 at 7Th And Marshall Street Parking, Richmond, VA
  • 17 Oct 1970 at Monmouth College, West Long Branch, NJ
  • 27 Nov 1970 at Sunshine In, Asbury Park, NJ
  • 18 Jan 1971 at D' Scene, South Amboy, NJ (see the live 18 Jan 1971 version)

Later appeared twice during the Reunion tour on 09 Sep 1999 at The Palace, Auburn Hills, MI, and on 15 Sep 1999 at First Union Center, Philadelphia, P.A. It was an intro/opener for the two mentioned shows. Also appeared during The Rising tour, when a snippet of the song was played as part of MARY'S PLACE, as on 15 Aug 2002 at The Palace, Auburn Hills, MI, and on 22 Jun 2003 at Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden. See the live 22 Jun 2003 version.

The above lyrics are for one 1970 known performances.

Available Versions

List of available versions of DANCING IN THE STREET on this website:

DANCING IN THE STREET [Live 1970 version]
DANCING IN THE STREET [Live 18 Jan 1971 version]
DANCING IN THE STREET [Live 22 Jun 2003 version]
DANCING IN THE STREET [Original Martha And The Vandellas version]