Dead End Street

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Davray Music/Carlin Music Corp.

Chord file

Lyrics:

There's a crack up in the ceiling,
And the kitchen sink is leaking.
Out of work and got no money,
A Sunday joint of bread and honey.

What are we living for?
Two-roomed apartment on the second floor.
No money coming in,
The rent collector's knocking, trying to get in.

We are strictly second class,
We don't understand,
(Dead end!)
Why we should be on dead end street.
(Dead end!)
People are living on dead end street.
(Dead end!)
Gonna die on dead end street.

Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)

On a cold and frosty morning,
Wipe my eyes and stop me yawning.
And my feet are nearly frozen,
Boil the tea and put some toast on.

What are we living for?
Two-roomed apartment on the second floor.
No chance to emigrate,
I'm deep in debt and now it's much too late.

We both want to work so hard,
We can't get the chance,
(Dead end!)
People live on dead end street.
(Dead end!)
People are dying on dead end street.
(Dead end!)
Gonna die on dead end street.

Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)

(Dead end!)
People live on dead end street.
(Dead end!)
People are dying on dead end street.
(Dead end!)
Gonna die on dead end street.

Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)
Head to my feet (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)
How's it feel? (yeah)
How's it feel? (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)
Dead end street (yeah)

This song can be found on the following releases:

mono mix, original unreleased version (3:01), recorded 21-22 Oct, 1966 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Picture Book 8 Dec, 2008 UK Universal/Sanctuary 5313049 Multi CD box set
Face To Face (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 277 262-0 2 CD set

mono mix (3:20), recorded probably 22 Oct, 1966 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Dead End Street/Big Black Smoke 18 Nov, 1966 UK Pye 7N 17222 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Dead End Street/Big Black Smoke 30 Nov, 1966 USA Reprise 0540 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Dead End Street/Big Black Smoke Dec 1966 Sweden/Norway Pye 7N 17222 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Dead End Street/Big Black Smoke Dec 1966 Denmark Pye 7N 17222 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Sunny Afternoon/Dead End Street Aug/Sep 1967 USA Reprise 0708 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Sunny Afternoon 17 Nov, 1967 UK Marble Arch MAL 716 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Sunny Afternoon 1969 Brazil Musidisc HI-FI 2174 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks 27 Feb, 1970 UK Pye NPL 18326 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
The File Series - The Kinks 14 Oct, 1977 UK Pye FILD 001 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
20 Golden Greats 20 Sep, 1978 UK Ronco (Pye) RPL 2031 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Collection Aug 1980 UK Hallmark/Marble Arch (Pickwich) PDA 072 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Spotlight On The Kinks Mar 1981 UK PRT SPOT 1009 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Candy From Mister Dandy 15 Jul, 1983 UK PRT DOW 12 10" vinyl mini-LP, 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks' Greatest Hits - Dead End Street 14 Oct, 1983 UK PRT KINK 1 12" vinyl LP (album) with bonus 10" vinyl disc, 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks' Greatest Hits 3 Feb, 1984 UK PRT KINK 2 12" vinyl LP (album) with bonus 10" vinyl disc, 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks - Greatest Hits 30 Nov, 1984 UK PRT KINK 7251 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks - 20th Anniversary Box Set 7 Dec, 1984 UK PRT KINKX 7254 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks - Greatest Hits May 1985 UK PRT CDKINK 7251 CD
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 One Jun 1986 UK Starblend CD TRACK 1/1 CD
The Kinks Are Well Respected Men 28 Sep, 1987 UK PRT PYL 7001 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Hit Singles 28 Sep, 1987 UK PRT PYL 4001 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Hit Singles Jan 1988 UK PRT PYC 4001 CD
The Kinks Are Well Respected Men Apr 1988 UK PRT PYC 7001 2 CD set
The Kink Kronikles 10 Jan, 1989 USA Reprise 6454-2 2 CD set
PRT Collector Series - The Kinks Apr 1989 UK PRT GHCD 1 CD
The Ultimate Collection 4 Sep, 1989 UK Castle Communications CTVLP 001 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Ultimate Collection 4 Sep, 1989 UK Castle Communications CTVCD 001 CD
Fab Forty - The Singles Collection 1964-1970 Feb 1991 EEC Decal CDLIK D 74 2 CD set
Best Of The Kinks 1966-67 Aug 1991 UK Pickwick PWKS 4075 CD
The Complete Collection Nov 1991 EEC Castle Communications CCSCD 300 CD
The EP Collection Volume Two 18 Nov, 1991 UK See For Miles SEE 329 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The EP Collection Volume Two 18 Nov, 1991 UK See For Miles SEECD 329 CD
The Kinks Story Vol. 1 1964-1966 Jun 1992 EEC Castle Communications EUKCD 101 CD
The Definitive Collection (26 Original Recordings) Sep 1993 UK Polygram TV 516 465-2 CD
60 Rock Shots Mar 1994 France Castle Communications/Une Musique PKF 563301 3 CD set
The Kinks Remastered 28 Mar, 1995 UK Castle Communications ESB CD 268 3 CD set
The Days EP: 30 Years Yellow Pages 1966-1996 6 Jan, 1997 UK When WEN X 1016 CD EP
The Very Best Of Mar 1997 UK Polygram TV 537 554-2 CD
The Singles Collection/Waterloo Sunset 29 Sep, 1997 UK Essential (Castle) ESSCD 592 (GAF 40 592 EFF) 2 CD set
Face To Face 30 Mar, 1998 UK Essential/Castle Communications ESM CD 479 CD
The EP Collection 9 Nov, 1998 UK Castle ESFCD 667 Multi CD box set
The EP Collection 2 1 Aug, 2000 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary ESFCD 904 Multi CD box set
The Marble Arch Years 18 Jul, 2001 UK Essential/Castle/Sanctuary CMGBX318 Multi CD box set
The Ultimate Collection 27 May, 2002 UK Sanctuary Records Group RTV0023 2 CD set
Face To Face 26 Apr, 2004 UK Sanctuary Midline SMRCD028 CD
Face To Face (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 277 262-0 2 CD set
The Kinks In Mono 21 Nov, 2011 UK Sanctuary/Universal Music 602527769448 Multi CD box 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
The Anthology - 1964-1971 17 Nov 2014 UK Sony/Legacy/BMG 88875021542 Multi CD box set

simulated stereo (3:20), recorded probably 22 Oct, 1966 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Sunny Afternoon 17 Nov, 1967 UK Marble Arch MALS 716 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Lola 1 Oct, 1971 UK Hallmark/Marble Arch HMA 201 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Golden Hour Of The Kinks 8 Oct, 1971 UK Pye/Golden Hour GH 501 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kink Kronikles 25 Mar, 1972 USA Reprise 2XS 6454 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM

live, stereo mix, recorded 11 Apr, 1994 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
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

live, stereo mix (2:40), recorded 29 Apr, 1997 at Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, California
Belly Up! 7 Aug 2008 UK Metamedia Records MM-009 CD

stereo mix, Karaoke instrumental by unknown musicians, recorded around 1999
Legends Series Volume 38 - The Kinks about 1999 Taiwan Legends 038 CD

live, stereo mix, recorded Spring-Summer 2002 at Unknown venue
Bugged... Live! 22 Oct, 2002 USA Meta Media MM 005 CD
BUG 14 Jul, 2004 UK Angel Air Records SJPCD179 CD

live, stereo mix, recorded 23 May, 2003 at Alex Theatre, Glendale, California
Transformation - Live At The Alex Theatre 6 Aug, 2003 USA Meta Media MM06 CD
Transformation - Live At The Alex Theatre 5 Sep, 2005 UK Angel Air Records SJPCD212 CD

live, stereo mix (titled "Dead End Scat"), recorded 13 Jun, 2004 at Stadtwerke Open Air Festival, Potsdam, Germany
Rainy Day In June 17 Jan, 2005 UK Meta Media MM07 CD

stereo mix, as "Daumannsvik" by Veldig Respektable Menn, recorded 2004
Sanger av Ray Davies og The Kinks - Veldig Respektable Menn 24 Sep, 2004 Norway Tylden & Co. GTACD 8267 CD

stereo mix, by Johnny Cuomo (3:02), recorded 2010 at Paradiddle Studios, Huntington, NY
The Kinks UnKovered 22 Jun 2010 USA Paradiddle Records 8579670021049 CD

stereo mix, by the Sunny Afternoon original London cast (2:22), recorded Aug-Sep 2014 at Konk Studios, North London
Sunny Afternoon - Original Cast Recording 27 Oct 2014 UK BMG Chrysalis 538002812 CD


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