DANCING IN THE STREET

Live 18 Jan 1971 version


[DANCING IN THE STREET:]

Callin' out around the world
Are you ready for a brand new beat?
I seen the summer's here and the time's just right
For dancin' in the street
They'll be dancin' in Chicago
Oh better get me down in New Orleans
In Philadelphia, P.A.

Woah, now all we need is music, sweet music
There'll be music everywhere
Swingin' and swayin', the records playin'
So dancin' such it just can't be

Oh, brothers and sisters are out woah
I siad I want you to understand
The time is gone, lord, the time is gone
Woah, I wanna see you dance
Do I hear Chicago?
Oh, it's San Francisco
Yeah down on Mississippi

Woah, now all we need is music, sweet music
There'll be music everywhere
Swingin' and swayin', the records playin'
So dancin' such it just can't be
Alright

It doesn't matter what you wear
Just as long as you are there
Come on, every guy (every guy) grab a girl (grab a girl)
Everywhere around the world
Yeah, yeah

[HONKY TONK WOMEN:]

Well I met a gin-soaked, bar-room queen in Memphis
Oh, she tried to take me upstairs for a ride
And she had to heave me right across her shoulder
'Cause I just can't seem to drink the woman off my mind

Well she's a Honky Tonk Woman
Woah, gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk girl

Well, ??? like a midnight ???
It ain't one of those
No, no

[DANCING IN THE STREET (reprise):]

Come on out around the world
Are you ready for a brand new beat?
Hey, hey!
Summer's here and the time is just right
For dancin' in the street
They'll be dancin' in Chicago
Or down in New Orleans
Philadelphia, P.A.

Woah, now all we need is music, sweet music
There'll be music everywhere
Swingin' and swayin', the records playin'
So dancin' such it just can't
Woah

It doesn't matter what you wear
Just as long as, as long as you are there
So come on
Every guy (come on) grab a girl
Everywhere around the world
Yeah, yeah
Hey, hey

Dancin' in the street, woah woah woah
Dancin' in the street, don't forget the Motor City
Dancin' in the street, down in New Orleans
Dancin' in the street, Philadelphia, P.A.
Yeah

You know well, again
Woahhh ???

Now you uh, uh shakin' yeah
Yeah woah woah, when we are, we're uh, swingin'


Info

The above lyrics are for a live 18 Jan 1971 performance of DANCING IN THE STREET at D'Scene in South Amboy, NJ, with Steel Mill. Bruce Springsteen and Robbin Thompson shared vocals on the song. Note that this version contains a snippet of HONKY TONK WOMEN in the middle.

This was a double-bill show with Steel Mill headlining and Godzilla opening. A very good soundboard recording of the show is in circulation among collectors and is believed to be consist of the entire Steel Mill performance.

Promotional poster for the 18 Jan 1971 show at D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ
Promotional poster for the 18 Jan 1971 show at D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ
(Taken from Lelands)

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]

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