The Stranglers Dagenham Dave cover

Dagenham Dave
by The Stranglers
Lyrics and Meaning

Sep 23, 1977

Dagenham Dave Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
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
Verse 2
I'm not going to cry
I bet he hit that water high
Verse 3
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
Verse 4
There's city sickness here
But now he's dead
Verse 5
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
Verse 6
I'm not going to cry
I bet he hit that water high

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