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

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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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

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