Dancing in the Street

The Mamas & the Papas

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"Dancing in the Street" is a song written by Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter. It first became popular in 1964 when recorded by Martha and the Vandellas whose version reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart. It is one of Motown's signature songs and is the group's premier signature song. A 1966 cover by the Mamas & the Papas was a minor hit on the Hot 100 reaching No. 73. In 1982, the rock group Van Halen took their cover of "Dancing in the Street" to No. 38 on the Hot 100 chart and No. 15 in Canada on the RPM chart. A 1985 duet cover by David Bowie and Mick Jagger charted at No. 1 in the UK and reached No. 7 in the US. The song was also covered by Grateful Dead and Black Oak Arkansas. 


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1971
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I can't wait to say good-bye
I can't wait to make you cry
I can't wait...I can't wait to let you down.

I can't wait...can't wait to hear you say
That you love me and you'll change your ways
But I'll say...but I'll say I'd rather be free
It's gonna be so good for me
And baby I can't wait
Baby, I can't wait (no).

I can't wait to hear you plead;
I can't wait...it't what I need.
I can't wait (I can't) to see you fall 
(Can't wait to see you fall...)
I can't wait (can't wait) to hear you scream,
Baby, when you know that 
It's the end of your dreams.
Can't wait to see your face 
When I'd packed up and leaving your place
And baby I can't wait (no).

I can't wait to say good-bye;
I can't wait to make you cry.
I can't wait...I can't wait to let you down 
(Can't wait to let you down...)
I can't wait...can't wait to hear you say 
That you love me 
And you'll change your ways
But I'll say...but I'll say I'd rather be free
It's gonnn be so good for me
And, baby, I can't wait, no.

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The Mamas & the Papas

The Mamas & the Papas (credited as The Mama's and the Papa's on the debut album cover and sometimes shortened to Mamas & Papas) were an American/Canadian vocal group (Denny Doherty was from Canada) who came to prominence in the 1960s. The group recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968 with a short reunion in 1971, releasing six albums and 11 Top 40 hit singles. They have sold nearly 40 million records worldwide. more »

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Written by: JOHN EDMUND ANDREW PHILLIPS

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