"Dancin' in the Streets" as written by and Marvin P/hunter Gaye....
Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets
Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets

Calling out around the world
Are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer's here and the time is right
For dancing in the streets

They're dancing in Chicago
Down in New Orleans
New York City

All we need is music, sweet music
There'll be music everywhere
There'll be laughing and singing, music swinging
And dancing in the streets

It doesn't matter what you wear
Just as long as you are there
Come on, every guy grab a girl
Everywhere around the world

Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets
Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets

This is an invitation, across the nation
The chance for folks to meet
There'll be swinging and swaying, music playing
Dancing in the streets

Philadelphia, PA
Baltimore and D.C. now
Can't forget that Motor City

All we need is music, sweet music
There'll be music everywhere
There'll be laughing and singing, music swinging
And dancing in the streets

It doesn't matter what you wear
Just as long as you are there
So come on, every guy grab a girl
Everywhere around the world

Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets
Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets
Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets
Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets

Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets
Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets
Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets
Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets
Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets
Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets
Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets


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"Dancing In The Street" 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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