"Dirty Dancehall" as written by and Sean Francis Caleb/mccabe Payne....
Well the sun grew dim and the night grew tall
Everyone's dancing in the dirty dance hall
The chins they did wobble, the eyes did stare
There was a sense of threat in the air
Everyone's dancing, feeling fine
But looking like Zombies, as though they're dying
I stood alone in the darkened room
My mouth is dry and my heart goes boom

Oh the dogs and the vermin were mooching in the streets
Sniffing out the candy and the left over meat
Down in the alley a tramp falls asleep
Murdering the hooker and chops off their feet

Everyone's dancing, feeling fine
But looking like Zombies, as though they're dying
I stood alone in the darkened room
My mouth is dry and my heart goes boom

This is just a night in the City of Culture
But everyone's whacked and looks like vultures (4x)

All the lights came on and the music stopped
Men in uniform outside on watch
The tramp waits by the bush to pounce
Woken up again by a young girl's shout

Closing up the club, a fight breaks out
All the Black Mariahs were left in no doubt
One got killed another one ran
They ended up arresting an innocent man

This is just a night in the City of Culture
But everyone's whacked and looks like vultures (4x)


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"Dirty Dancehall" as written by Boyan Chowdhury Abigail Harding

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    General CommentWhy no-one's commented on this I'll never know!! What a tune!! I love the upbeat melodic stuff like Remember Me, but their moody stuff (Havana Gang Brawl, Long Time Coming and this) are just superb. This one being my favourite. The chorus is soooo ace...and
    David McCabe's voice suits this so well. Can't wait for the second alb.
    "Down in the alley a tramp falls asleep
    Murdering the hooker and chops off their feet"

    Zutons = imaginative feckers!
    otori_wazmasteron February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me think of dark streets full of junkies and prostitutes o_O lmao. But its very good, very catchy, something very creepy about it though. And the parts after the chorus where Dave goes "ooh!" just make me laugh...
    bonginthereggaesongon June 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBeing a student in the bands hometown gives extra insight! This song seems certainly to describe the club known as "The Razz" in Concert Square in Liverpool - If you've ever been you'll know what I mean! People either love it or hate it... apparently The Zutons are not it's biggest fan! Liverpool is a vibrant place... Go and experience it!
    jez1987on April 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti'm from liverpool as well,
    The chins did wobble, the eyes did stare
    There was a sense of threat in the air
    talking about people on drugs, alot of idiots take pills in liverpool,can be great one minute next minute people are fighting,its still a great place if your in the right place like the student bars maybe
    alamealson July 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentjez1987 - I've been away from Liverpool for a few years now, but surely the Razz isn't in Concert Square?!
    paul_fon August 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAwesome ending. The song pretty much sums up most nights out in Britain's towns.
    Violentpacifiston February 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentahh, but it says City Of Culture, which suggests its about The City Of Culture. XD. I'm in a strange mood
    SisterOfSpleenyon June 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this is the best song on the album. love it.
    AMTILTSTHEMATCHESon August 18, 2008   Link

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