Dave’s Australia Day Advent Jukebox #19


One of my hard rock numbers from the 1979 Correct Weight album. Has a few of my favourite lyrics in here. (`these streets aren’t safe for violence any more’) Live Johnny and Tony ripped this up. (hit title for Spotify link. if you don’t have Spotify you can download here)


My name is Joey Black

I grew up by the dock

Never had good school reports

Fighting was my only sport

But lately times have changed

Everything’s been rearranged

Now I find I don’t belong

On the streets that I once roamed

These streets aren’t  safe for violence any more

All the trendies do’s restore restore restore

And that’s a boor

They ride their bicycles

Where we raced our cars

They take the billiard rooms

And turn them into flash wine bars

They talk about equality

But the chicks don’t talk to me

I tell you that these streets

Aren’t what they used to be

These streets aren’t safe for violence any more

They stink of lawyers’ dope

That’s hidden in the floor

These streets aren’t safe for violence any more

All I ever wanted was to own the family house

But I can’t afford it

So I’m moving further out

They’ll take their photographs and write their poetry

About the emptiness of the new life that I lead

They’ll try to keep me out by changing all the rules

They’ll drink their funny tea

Say money is for fools

Well I tell you I want all the money I can get

‘Cause that’s the only way

A guy like me can get ahead

And when I’m rich enough I’ll bring back all my friends

And these streets will ring

To violence once again.

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