"Dancin' in the Streets" as written by and Marvin P/hunter Gaye....
Hey, comin' out around the world
Be ready for a brand new beat
Oh, summer's here and the time is right
Oh, for dancing in the street

Dancing in Chicago
(Dancing in the street)
Down in New Orleans
(Dancing in the street)
In New York City
(Dancing in the street)

All we need is music, sweet music
(Sweet, sweet music)
They'll be music everywhere
They'll be laughing, singing
Music swinging and dancing in the street

It doesn't matter what you wear
Just as long as you are there
They're dancing oh oh
(Dancing in the street)

This is an invitation across the nation
The chance for folks to meet
There'll be swinging, swaying
Music playing and dancing in the street

Philadelphia, PA now
(Dancing in the street)
Baltimore and D.C.
(Dancing in the street)
Can't forget them other cities
(Dancing in the street)

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"Dancin' in the Streets" as written by William Stevenson Marvin Gaye

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    General Commentthe last line is actually sung as "can't forget that motor city" in reference to Detroit.
    Cortez, The Killeron August 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA great cover song from the Grateful Dead. Terrapin Station is one of my favorite albums.
    Ummagumma69on March 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOriginally performed by Martha and the Vandellas, the Grateful Dead included this tune in their live repertoire for over thirty years.
    thomasrjon March 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI have read that some people understood this song as an enthusiastic endorsement of public protests.
    janeaparis1on July 29, 2013   Link

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