Come DancingWritten by: Ray Davies
Published by: Davray Music Ltd.
They put a parking lot on a piece of land
Where the supermarket used to stand.
Before that they put up a bowling alley
On the site that used to be the local palais.
That's where the big bands used to come and play.
My sister went there on a Saturday.
All her boyfriends used to come and call.
Why not come dancing, it's only natural?
Another Saturday, another date.
She would be ready but she'd always make him wait.
In the hallway, in anticipation,
He didn't know the night would end up in frustration.
He'd end up blowing all his wages for the week
All for a cuddle and a peck on the cheek.
That's how they did it when I was just a kid,
And when they said come dancing,
My sister always did.
My sister should have come in at midnight,
And my mum would always sit up and wait.
It always ended up in a big row
When my sister used to get home late.
Out of my window I can see them in the moonlight,
Two silhouettes saying goodnight by the garden gate.
The day they knocked down the palais
My sister stood and cried.
The day they knocked down the palais
Part of my childhood died, just died.
Now I'm grown up and playing in a band,
And there's a car park where the palais used to stand.
My sister's married and she lives on an estate.
Her daughters go out, now it's her turn to wait.
She knows they get away with things she never could,
But if I asked her I wonder if she would,
Come on sister, have yourself a ball.
Don't be afraid to come dancing,
It's only natural.
Just like the palais on a Saturday.
And all your friends would come dancing
While the big bands used to play.
This song can be found on the following releases:stereo mix, demo version (4:40), recorded Oct 1982 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
|Picture Book||8 Dec, 2008||UK||Universal/Sanctuary 5313049||Multi CD box set|
stereo mix, UK single edit (3:59), recorded Oct 1982 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
|Come Dancing/Noise||19 Nov, 1982||UK||Arista ARIST 502||7" vinyl single, 45 RPM|
|Backtrackin' (The Definitive Double Album Collection)||6 Dec, 1985||UK||Starblend TRACK 1||12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|Backtrackin' - Volume Two||Jun 1986||UK||Starblend CD TRACK 1/2||CD|
stereo mix, US single edit (3:44), recorded Oct 1982 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
|Come Dancing/Noise||21 Apr, 1983||USA||Arista AS 1054||7" vinyl single, 45 RPM|
|Come Dancing/Destroyer||Mar 1984||USA||Flashback (Arista) AFS1-9183||7" vinyl single, 45 RPM|
stereo mix, 12-inch single edit (4:27), recorded Oct 1982 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
|Come Dancing/Noise||19 Nov, 1982||UK||Arista ARIST 12502||12" vinyl single, 45 RPM|
stereo mix, album edit (3:54), recorded Oct 1982 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
|State Of Confusion||1983||Brazil||Arista (Ariola Discos Fonograficos) 812 945-18||12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|State Of Confusion||24 May, 1983||USA||Arista AL8-8018||12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|State Of Confusion||24 May, 1983||USA||Arista AC8-8018||Cassette|
|State Of Confusion||10 Jun, 1983||UK||Arista 205 275||12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|State Of Confusion||10 Jun, 1983||UK||Arista 405 275||Cassette|
|State Of Confusion||Dec 1983||Germany||Arista 610.037-222||CD|
|State Of Confusion||May 1984||USA||Arista ARCD-8018||CD|
|Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986||Jun 1986||USA||Arista A2CD-8428||CD|
|Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986||1986||Brazil||Arista/BMG (unknown)||12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986||2 Jun, 1986||USA||Arista AL11-8428||12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986||Oct 1986||UK||Arista 302 778||12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|Come Dancing||3 Jan, 1989||USA||Arista CD3-3005||3" CD|
|The Definitive Collection (26 Original Recordings)||Sep 1993||UK||Polygram TV 516 465-2||CD|
|State Of Confusion||27 Apr, 1999||USA||Konk/Velvel 63467-79731-2||CD|
|Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986||24 Oct, 2000||USA||Konk/Velvel/Koch VEL-79733||CD|
|The Ultimate Collection||27 May, 2002||UK||Sanctuary Records Group RTV0023||2 CD set|
|Greatest Hits 1970-1986||30 Oct, 2007||USA||Konk/Velvel/Koch Records VEL-79822||3 CD set|
|Waterloo Sunset - The Very Best Of The Kinks & Ray Davies||13 Aug 2012||UK||Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 371 248-9||2 CD set|
|The Essential Kinks||14 Oct 2014||USA||RCA/Arista/Legacy (Sony Music) 88843066622||2 CD set|
live, stereo mix, recorded 1 Jul, 1987 at Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|The Road (The Kinks Live)||9 Dec, 1987||Germany||Metronome 828 081-2||CD|
|The Road (The Kinks Live)||11 Jan, 1988||USA||MCA MCA-42107||12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|The Road (The Kinks Live)||11 Jan, 1988||USA||MCA MCAD-42107||CD|
|The Road||16 May, 1988||UK||London LONX 165||12" vinyl single, 45 RPM|
|The Road (The Kinks Live)||23 May, 1988||UK||London LONLP 49||12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM|
|The Road (The Kinks Live)||23 May, 1988||USA||London LONCD 828.081-2||CD|
live, stereo mix, recorded 25 Mar, 1994 at Guildhall, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
|To The Bone||15 Oct, 1996||USA||Guardian 7243 8 37303 2 2||2 CD set|
|To The Bone||3 Mar, 1997||UK||Guardian 7243 8 37303 2 1||2 CD set|
stereo mix, Karaoke instrumental by unknown musicians, recorded around 1999
|Legends Series Volume 38 - The Kinks||about 1999||Taiwan||Legends 038||CD|
stereo mix, by The Briefs, recorded 2001 at Egg Studios, Seattle, Washington
|Give The People What We Want - Songs Of The Kinks||6 Nov, 2001||USA||Burn, Burn, Burn/Right Now Records/Sub Pop Records SPCD575||CD|
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