"Dead End Street" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
There's a crack up in the ceiling
And the kitchen sink is leaking
Out of work and got no money
A Sunday joint of bread and honey

What are we living for?
Two-roomed apartment on the second floor
No money coming in
The rent collector's knocking, trying to get in

We are strictly second class, we don't understand
(Dead end!)
Why we should be on dead end street
(Dead end!)
People are living on dead end street
(Dead end!)
I'm gonna die on dead end street

Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)

On a cold and frosty morning
Wipe my eyes and stop me yawning
And my feet are nearly frozen
Boil the tea and put some toast on

What are we living for?
Two-roomed apartment on the second floor
No chance to emigrate
I'm deep in debt and now it's much too late

We both want to work so hard
We can't get the chance
(Dead end!)
People live on dead end street
(Dead end!)
People are dying on dead end street
(Dead end!)
Gonna die on dead end street

Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)

(Dead end!)
People live on dead end street
(Dead end!)
People are dying on dead end street
(Dead end!)
Gonna die on dead end street

Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)
Head to my feet (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)
How's it feel? (yeah)
How's it feel? (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)


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"Dead End Street [Bonus Track]" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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  • +2
    General CommentNobody seemed to really write and sing pop songs about British life the way it REALLY was in the 60's the way Ray Davies did. Perhaps that is why the Kinks didn't have the same sort of commercial success many of their contemporaries had, but hey, the subject matter in a Kinks song like this one was real and told it like it was.

    Fast forward to the late 70's when Punk exploded and the bands then covered Kinks songs because the same issues were still relevant. (You didn't find The Jam covering Beatles songs, even if they were influenced by them... )

    Brilliant stuff here. By the way, the BBC banned the video for this tune. Deemed too morbid!
    LolaBaton November 28, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentRay's nostalgic view of the London he recalled from his childhood. It is kind of depressing in a way. Regardless, its a great song.
    comedancingon September 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyo. good song. kind of depressing.
    fnghon August 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah only kinda depressing. Great song though true testament to Ray's genius.
    Cpt-Sensibleon January 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlolabat...the jam may not have covered the beatles but they blatently copied them...Start is Taxman with different lyrics.
    youknowimrighton August 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like Bob Geldof's commentary about the song and '60s life:
    "We fondly imagine that it was all Austin Powers then. It wasn't. It was shit for most of us."
    ProfessorKnowItAllon September 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI realised the other day that this song is one of the very few 60s songs influenced by the Kitchen Sink vogue in the late 50s/early 60s. It began on the stage with Look Back In Anger, percolated to books like Room At The Top, Saturday Night Sunday Morning and This Sporting Life, then to movies, as all these books were successful films, and then belatedly to pop in the form of Dead End Street.
    Having spent the early 60s living at both ends of Kings Road, Chelsea, the heart of Swinging London, I was quite surprised later in life to find that most people's experience, as Sir Bob is quoted as saying, didn't find this era as much fun as I did.
    Gypsy Daveyon September 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHardly nostalgic unless you were a masochist hehe

    Conveys the image of life of less well off people vividly.
    Sunnyhillon April 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt always thought it was a pretty harsh attack on the rat-race, and the dificulty of getting out of the oppresive, endlessly cyclical period. Appropriate today for students with huge student debts looming over them when they leave University...

    The idea of "Dead End" is pretty depressing - the idea that there's no future, no incentives to be drawn from life. Isn't this reminiscent of one of the biggest failings of Soviet Russia?
    ChristoTraceyon February 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Clash used this riff in "London Calling".
    robsunon May 20, 2010   Link

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