"Electric Avenue" as written by and Eddy Grant....
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Down in the street there is violence
And a lots of work to be done
No place to hang out our washing
And I can't blame all on the sun, oh no

We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher
Oh we gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher

Workin' so hard like a soldier
Can't afford a thing on TV
Deep in my heart I'm a warrior
Can't get food for them kid, good God

We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher
Oh we gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher

Oh no
Oh no
Oh no
Oh no

Who is to blame in one country
Never can get to the one
Dealin' in multiplication
And they still can't feed everyone, oh no

We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher
Oh we gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher

Out in the street
Out in the street
Out in the daytime
Out in the night

We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher
Oh we gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher

Out in the street
Out in the street
Out in the playground
In the dark side of town

We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher
Oh we gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher

We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher, Electric Avenue
We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher, Electric Avenue


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"Electric Avenue" as written by Eddy Grant

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  • +1
    My InterpretationHe's saying that folks in his country should fight less and work harder
    towards trying to have a better quality of life...
    Thia007on December 02, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
    And then we'll take it higher "

    A FEW YEARS BACK..... I was walking through Brixton (S. London) looking to see if a ghetto actually exists Europe & take flix of Graffiti .....
    I was chiefin' on some HASH i picked up in Amsterdumb the previous week. I was pretty wasted and was getting lost, as I looked up to see where I was....

    What luck, I was take'n it higher on Electric Avenue.

    BigUps Eddie .... Jah.... Jah... Jah.... Rastafari !
    DrueDownon December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, a lot of people don't look much into the lyrics.
    JosephWolfon January 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually, despite the first posters uh.... whathaveyou... a friend of mine and I grew up with this song, and it's my karaoke favorite, if it's in the books.
    I did a really weak cover of this and a different friend of mine told me "yeah you really brought out how dark it was". The darkness was already there!
    This is a very intelligent song, gloomy, yet catchy. It's too bad Eddy Grant pretty much rested on his laurels as a proto-typical reggae act through most of his other material, he could have ushered in a new sound if he'd kept this up.
    Romancing the Stone has a similar sound, but the lyrics are trite and repetitive, and War Party is gloomy and political, but it's not as energized.
    There's nothing better than doing this song in front of a bar full of 45+ drunks who, themselves, sing nothing but country, and having them go wild for it.
    SpooktheHerdon August 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI used to think he must be from kingston, Jamaica b/c of his Reggae and b/c THAT is the world's WORSE hood. (But Brixton ain't too hot neither)
    drpoundsignon March 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHeard this song in Pineapple Express and had to get it! Awesome song..
    frozensparkon December 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentidk but if ur going 2 texas from arkansas u WILL pass a sign that says electric ave..... oh how badly i wanted to steal it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    dropdeadfredon February 15, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"We gonna rock onto Electric Avenue, and then we'll take it higher." Song was inspired by riots that occurred on Electric Avenue. "Then we'll take it higher" is implicit statement about going to rich neighborhoods to burn down their homes rather than tearing up their own poor neighbhorhoods. Notice lyrics such as, "can't afford a thing on TV," "can't get food for the kid," and "and they still can't feed everyone." Notice the metaphorical pool, they are drowing the poor."Electric Avenue" is a song by Eddy Grant, from his 1982 album Killer on the Rampage. It was released as as single in 1982, and went on to be very popular, reaching #2 on both United States and United Kingdom singles charts. The song's lyrics refer to the 1981 Brixton riot, the title referring to Electric Avenue, a market street in the Brixton area of London, England.
    The song has been covered by several other artists since its release.
    It is often sampled in commercials and other media, such as advertisements for Montgomery Ward, the opening sequence of Pineapple Express, the opening to one episode of Everybody Hates Chris, and a montage on The Simpsons episode, "Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes". In the Family Guy episode "And the Wiener Is...", the high school marching band plays the song during halftime. LSU first baseman Sean Ochinko uses this song as his intro for each plate appearance. The ending of issue #17 of Deadpool (vol. 2) features a scene where the titular character sings part of the song while on a mission. It is also featured in Jackass 3D in the stunt Electric Avenue.
    The B-Side to this song is a Non-LP track entitled "Time Warp."
    Electric Avenue was re-released in 2001. The single featured the "Ringbang Remix", and reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart in June 2001.
    sepultura1987on September 05, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Commentlulz
    same heard it on pineapple express

    steilinon January 07, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General Commentheard it in pineapple express, too :) awesome thing !
    Cornflixon June 13, 2009   Link

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