"Respectable Street" as written by and Andy Partridge....
Heard the neighbor slam his car door
Don't he realize this is respectable street
What d'you think he bought that car for
'Cause he realize this is respectable street

Now they talk about absorption
In cosmopolitan proportions to their daughters
As they speak of child prevention
And immaculate receptions on their portable
Sony entertainment centers

Heard the neighbor slam his car door
Don't he realize this is respectable street
What d'you think he bought that car for
Don't he realize this is respectable street

Now she speaks about diseases
And which proposition pleases best her old man
Avon lady fills the creases
When she manages to squeeze in past the caravans
That never move from their front gardens

Heard the neighbor slam his car door
Don't he realize this is respectable street
What d'you think he bought that car for
Don't he realize this is respectable street

It's in the order of their hedgerows
It's in the way their curtains open and close
It's in the look they give you down their nose
All part of decency's jigsaw I suppose

Sunday church and they look fetching
Saturday night saw him stretching over our fence
Bang the wall for me to turn down
I can see them with their stern frown
As they dispense the kind of look that says
They're perfect

Heard my neighbor slam his car door
Don't he realize this is respectable street
What d'you think he bought that car for
Don't he realize this is respectable street
He realize this is respectable street
He realize this is respectable street
He realize this is respectable street


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    General CommentThis song is a satirical commentary on high society. It's saying "these people think they're shit doesn't stink but in reality it stinks way worse than most people's shit"
    Sawhorseon March 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyea upper-class jingoisms and how they suck
    jkisauon September 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhile it is satirical, it is also the first "act" of the cosmic passion play that XTC is foretelling us of, in their entire discography.

    This is the first song of the first timeline album, "Black Sea", which lays out the events that are in the here and now, through the end of the battle of Armageddon.

    You always knew there was something in the songs of XTC that you just weren't getting, huh? Some deeper message that seemed too esoteric.

    Me, too.

    There are three timeline albums, with all of XTCs remaining albums, paralleling one of the three.

    But, Wait! There's MORE!

    The entire discography of XTC, plus their more veiled releases, as the " Dukes of Stratosphere " and "Plasticland" are also included.

    In fact, the "Dukes" album, "Chips from the Chocolate Fireball" is the third timeline album, covering the time in future history, from the end of the "Age of Man" until the beginning of the next age, or "yuga" in the eastern time paradigm, of four cyclic "yugas".

    The second timeline album is "English Settlement", and it covers from the end of the Armageddon, to the end of the " Age of Man" or Kali yuga, in telling us of things yet to occur.

    There are two other inclusions in timeline.

    The paisley underground band, "True West", have four albums that parallel the XTC timeline, with songs foretelling of events and occurances, yet to occur.

    There is one more band, with a huge clue to the whole shebang. The "Hindu Love Gods" only released one single 45 rpm record. The band was made up of Pete Buck, Bill Berry, and Mike Mills, from R.E.M., and Warren Zevon. The A-side of the "Hindu Love Gods" (did you get that?) sole release, is the song,"Narrator"(how about that one?).

    They told us of our future thirty some years ago.

    The future they told us of, is in the here and now.

    Respectable Street is referring to the snobby judgmental "haves" who the New World Order have enlisted to sell out their neighbors and friends. They have recruited right wing christian fundamentalist groups, including the Mormons and seventh day adventist sects, to "observe and report". There are other groups, too.

    These " sheeple" have bought into a big lie, and will be subjugated right along with those they sold down the river.

    The second song "generals and majors" is pretty self explanatory.

    "Living through another Cuba", is very valid to the future, as if you listen to the lyrics, this song will tell you of the dark legacy that is behind all of the darkness in our future.
    jefferybarberon May 21, 2015   Link

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