Come Dancing

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Davray Music Ltd.

Chord file

Lyrics:

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.

Come dancing,
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.

Come dancing,
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 dancing,
Come on sister, have yourself a ball.
Don't be afraid to come dancing,
It's only natural.

Come dancing,
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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