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The Streak

by

Ray Stevens



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Stevens was inspired to write this after reading an article about streaking, which was a fad among college students where they would run around naked in public.
By the time Stevens recorded this, a bunch of other songs about streaking had already been released. He took it to a Nashville radio station, and the song got a great response when they played it.
Five days after this was released, one of the most high-profile streaks took place at the Academy Awards, when advertising executive Robert Opel streaked past David Niven on live TV. This added to the public's fascination with streaking and helped make the song a huge hit.
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Comments (6):

One Of the funniest songs ever. Ray Stevens is The King Of Country Comedy in my opinion.
- Farrah, Elon, NC
This is a funny song! I saw the streaker on a flashback David opal run past David Nivin at the academy awards.I wish I put it on dvr,maybe when the academy awards moments comes on.I'll put it on.I'll print the words to it.
- Jennifer Harris, Grand Blanc, MI
This, as well as being a funny song, hearkens back to the days when a song told an actual story, rather than being a collection of hooks & refrains -- he(the storyteller) is watching a game, when a streasker runs through; his first thought is for his wife's sensibiklities, so he holers, "Don't look, Ethel!" eventually we find out in a bit of comedy irony that the streaker IS his wife Ethel! Too cute!
- Cyberpope, Richmond, Canada
This song is so goofy. Ray Stevens is also a redneck, as we can VERY clearly hear. "Disco Duck" cracks me up; "The Streak" is goofy too, but in a different way. "Disco Duck" uses a "duck-voice"; "The Streak" is merely making a farce out of a news incident. It's fun to listen to.
- andrew, birmingham, United States
This was the goofiest song about one of the stupidest fads of the 70s. Even pet rocks made more sense. I knew every word of it along with all of my classmates. Football jocks made it a rite of passage to run through a study hall wearing a ski mask and a smile. Everybody would yell "DONT LOOK ETHEL!"
- Lalah, Wasilla, AK
David Niven's comment about the streaker as he was being led away "Now that man has allowed the world to see his shortcomings."
- Don, Newmarket, Canada
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