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Your feedback will be reviewed. A1 a road in a city or town that has buildings that are usually close together along one or both sides :. The streets were strewn with rubbish after the parade. Our daughter lives just across the street from us. Men whistle at us when we're just walking down the street. Make sure you look both ways when you cross the street.
The town's streets were deserted by dusk. At five in the morning , there were still crowds of people roaming the streets. I bought these sunglasses from a street vendor in Florence. When people take to the streets, they express their opposition to something in public and often violently :.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against the military coup. The street was familiar to me. They live at the bottom of our street. The idea for dancing came to Stevenson from watching people on the streets of Detroit cool off in the summer in water from opened fire hydrants. They appeared to be dancing in the water. When Gaye read the original lyrics, however, he said the song sounded more danceable. With Gaye and Stevenson collaborating, the duo composed the single with Kim Weston in mind to record the song.
Reeves recounted that she initially regarded the song as too repetitive. The song's writers made sure to include Detroit as one of the cities mentioned with the lyric: "Can't forget the Motor City". The song took on a different meaning when riots in inner-city America led to many young black demonstrators citing the song as a civil rights anthem to social change which also led to some radio stations taking the song off its play list because certain black advocates such as H.
Rap Brown began playing the song while organising demonstrations. The first is the one Martha Reeves asserted to reporters in England. The British journalist wanted to know if Reeves agreed, as many people had claimed, that "Dancing in the Street" was a call to riot. To Reeves, the query was patently absurd. While Berry Gordy had created the Black Forum label to preserve black thought and creative writing, he kept the Motown record label and the popular hits it produced from being too political.
These local agendas, which reflected the unique concerns of African Americans living in the urban north, both responded to and reconfigured the national civil rights campaign" Smith The movement lent the song its secondary meaning and the song with its second meaning fanned the flames of unrest. This song and others like it and its associated political meanings did not exist in a vacuum. It was a partner with its social environment and they both played upon each other creating meaning that could not have been brought on by one or the other alone.
The song therefore became a call to reject peace for the chance that unified unrest could bring about the freedom that suppressed minorities all across the United States so craved. On April 12, , it was announced that Martha and the Vandellas' version of "Dancing in the Street" would be one of 50 sound recordings preserved by the Library of Congress to the National Recording Registry.
Lead singer Martha Reeves said she was thrilled about the song's perseverance, saying "It's a song that just makes you want to get up and dance".
Billboard named the song No. Mama Cass Elliot sang the lead vocal, while the other members did their harmonies in the background. This version featured an instrumental section. The song's ending is humorous, which featured Elliot and Papa Denny Doherty having a dialogue listing the cities in both the United States, as well as Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where Doherty was from, before the song's fade. At the Monterey Pop Festival in , the Mamas and the Papas ended their set with "Dancing in the Street" before Elliot told the audience at the festival: "You're on your own.
It reached No. The rock band Grateful Dead began performing "Dancing in the Street" live in , and through played the song about 40 times,  with Bob Weir singing lead before the song was shelved for several years. The song returned to their rotation in with Bob Weir taking the lead vocal, and was played about 80 more times before being retired in Live recordings from both periods have been released. In that second period, the group recorded a cover version of the song in the studio, and released it as a single taken from their album Terrapin Station.
Bassist Phil Lesh has described "Dancing in the Street" as the first song the band stretched out in the live setting from a short pop song into drawn out improvisational jam piece, a practice that would become a Grateful Dead signature. The American southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas recorded a cover version of "Dancing in the Street", and released it as a single in , taken from their studio album Street Party.
This version features heavy use of the electric guitar, played by Eddie Van Halen. Speaking about the cover, group member David Lee Roth said: "It sounds like more than four people are playing, when in actuality there are almost zero overdubs—that's why it takes us such a short amount of time [to record]. I spent a lot of time arranging and playing synthesizer on 'Dancing in the Streets,' and they [critics] just wrote it off as, 'Oh, it's just like the original.
These are good songs. More In: Things to Do. More In: Events. More In: Places to Stay. More In: Visit.Hanging out, down the street The same old thing we did last week Not a thing to do But talk to you Steal your car and bring it down Pick me up, we'll drive around Wish we had A joint so bad Bust a street light Out past midnight Ahh ahh ahh ah Ahh ahh ahh ah Hanging out, down the street The same old thing we did last week Not a thing to do But.