"Come Dancing" as written by and Ray Davies....
They put a parking lot on a piece of land
When the supermarket used to stand.
Before that they put up a bowling alley
On the site that used to be the local pally.
That's where the big bands used to come and play.
My sister went there on a Saturday.
Come dancing,
All her boyfriends used to come and call.
Why not come dancing, it's only natural?
Another Saturday, another date.
She would be ready but she's always make them wait.
In the hallway, in anticipation,
He didn't know the night would end up in frustration.
He'd end up blowing all his wages for the week
All for a cuddle and a peck on the cheek.
Come dancing,
That's how they did it when I was just a kid,
And when they said come dancing,
My sister always did.
My sister should have come in a midnight,
And my mom would always sit up and wait.
It always ended up in a big row
When my sister used to get home late.
Out of my window I can see them in the moonlight,
Two silhouettes saying goodnight by the garden gate.
The day they knocked down the pally
My sister stood and cried.
The day they knocked down the pally
Part of my childhood died, just died.
Now I'm grown up and playing in a band,
And there's a car park where the pally used to stand.
My sister's married and she lives on an estate.
Her daughters go out, now it's her turn to wait.
She knows they get away with things she never could,
But if I asked her I wonder if she would,
Come dancing,
Come on sister, have yourself a ball.
Don't be afraid to come dancing,
It's only natural.
Come dancing,
Just like the pally on a Saturday.
And all her friends will come dancing
Where the big bands used to play.

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"Come Dancing" as written by Ray Davies

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    General CommentYou always look back. No matter how awful the rollerdisco seemed at the time, it'll be hilarious in twenty years. The past doesn't have to be all roses, but it was different, often more naive. At least parts of it for most of us.

    Personally, I think it's the same brain malfunction that decides at 50 that high school was the best time of your life, and prompts women to have more than one child.
    eww2006on February 16, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"pally" should be spelled "Palais"--a French word for "Palace."
    Susan_The_BassPlayeon November 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is awsome. i dont understand anyone hasn't commented on it yet. The lyrics are very cool. Pretty straight forward. The old days were great, and the golden days seem to have dissapeared. So true.
    hawk_er_8on July 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentplease, someone?
    hawk_er_8on August 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's not the best "Kinks" song ("Waterloo Sunset" is) but it's kinda groovy.
    WorkingClassLoseron September 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song and the end moves me. I really like the kinks and their flair for iorny. By the way waterloo Sunset is very great
    benlevine68on January 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgrr the kinks - screamo all the way! :p
    FinalHourJoeon January 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA great song about nostalgia for the "good old days." Course, the present that I lament, will be the next generation's "good old days" in 10 years.
    descendenton March 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat everyone else said... nostalgia. And hoping that some of the old days might still be a alive, a little bit... if he was willing to look hard enough.
    TheSilverNobleon April 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn years time will I yearn for the days of the roller disco and drinking cheap cider round the back of the youth club? Answer- unlikely.. but Ray came from a bit of nicer generation I guess..?
    -wishyouwerehere-on May 22, 2006   Link

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