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Respectable Street Lyrics

Artist: XTC
Album: Black Sea

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

Heard the neighbour slam his car door
don't he realise this is respectable street
What d'you think he bought that car for
'cos he realise this is respectable street

Now they talk about abortion
in cosmopolitan proportions to their daughters
as they speak of contraception
And immaculate receptions on their portable
Sony entertainment centres.

Now she speaks about diseases
and which sex position 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.

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 retching 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.

Comments/Interpretations

by Silly Willy on 1/2/2009 8:16pm
Did Sony try to sue XTC for using trademark?
by john on 5/6/2010 8:42pm
these lyrics are fucking AWESOME
by wysiwyg248 on 12/16/2010 11:07pm
Probably the most underrated UK rock band ever.
by Ricky Raddog on 10/29/2012 9:46pm
This song is brilliant. Behind the discussions (ie cosmopolitan proportions) background vocals do a beachboy who hoo!








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