Dagenham Dave

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About Dagenham Dave

"Dagenham Dave" is a song by Morrissey, released as a single in August 1995, a week prior to the release of Southpaw Grammar. It was Morrissey's first release on RCA, the label he had signed to after leaving EMI. This was the second Morrissey solo single not to feature the singer on the cover, instead English football coach and former player Terry Venables is pictured sticking out his tongue. Venables was born in Dagenham. The promotional video for the single featured former Grange Hill actor Mark Savage as the titular Dave. The single reached number 26 on the UK Singles Chart. It is not related to the song of the same name by The Stranglers, from their 1977 album No More Heroes. "Dagenham Dave" is also naval slang for someone who is somewhat unstable or crazy, Dagenham being close to Barking ("barking mad"). 


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Dave was from out of town 
Manchester's likely too 
Had read De Sade to Marx 
More read than me and you 
Scaffolding pays good bread 
It pays for drugs and kicks 
Dave only had one love 
Had no real need for chicks 
Dave was so far ahead 
But now he's dead 

I'm not going to cry 
I bet he hit that water high 

I guess he lost control 
And welcomed in the night 
It was too much for him 
What were his thoughts that night? 
The river Thames is cold 
It keeps on flowing on 
But it left Dave alone 
It just kept flowing on 

There's city sickness here 
But now he's dead 

Late night a street in the west of the city 
There was a place there where he lost himself 
Strange feelings did he feel there 
Strange people did he meet there 
Angry sounds did he hear there 
Like the howling of bulls 

I'm not going to cry 
I bet he hit that water high

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