Respectable Street
by XTC

Album: Black Sea (1980)
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  • Heard the neighbor slam his car door
    Don't he realize this is respectable street
    What d'you think he bought that car for
    'Cause he realize this is respectable street

    Now they talk about absorption
    In cosmopolitan proportions to their daughters
    As they speak of child prevention
    And immaculate receptions on their portable
    Sony entertainment centers

    Heard the neighbor slam his car door
    Don't he realize this is respectable street
    What d'you think he bought that car for
    Don't he realize this is respectable street

    Now she speaks about diseases
    And which proposition pleases best her old man
    Avon lady fills the creases
    When she manages to squeeze in past the caravans
    That never move from their front gardens

    Heard the neighbor slam his car door
    Don't he realize this is respectable street
    What d'you think he bought that car for
    Don't he realize this is respectable street

    It's in the order of their hedgerows
    It's in the way their curtains open and close
    It's in the look they give you down their nose
    All part of decency's jigsaw I suppose

    Sunday church and they look fetching
    Saturday night saw him stretching over our fence
    Bang the wall for me to turn down
    I can see them with their stern frown
    As they dispense the kind of look that says
    They're perfect

    Heard my neighbor slam his car door
    Don't he realize this is respectable street
    What d'you think he bought that car for
    Don't he realize this is respectable street
    He realize this is respectable street
    He realize this is respectable street
    He realize this is respectable street Writer/s: PARTRIDGE
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 1

  • Lisa Benavides from Monterey, CaIncredible song with appropriately cynical lyrics. Partridge has always been one to make the audience think.
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