DAGENHAM DAVE

Head in the clouds, and a mouthful of pie
Head in a blouse, everybody loves him
I see why

Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Oh, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Oh, Dagenham Dave

"I love Karen, I love Sharon" on the windowscreen
With never the need to fight or to question a single thing

Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Oh, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Oh, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Oh, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave

He'd love to touch, he's afraid that he might self-combust
I could say more, but you get the general idea

Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham, Dagenham
Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham, Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Oh, Dave, oh, Dagenham, dagenham
Dagenham Dave
Dagenham Dave, Dagenham Dave
Oh, Dave, oh, Dave, oh, Dave
Oh, Dave


"Nottingham Jon" has this to say about this song :

To understand what Dagenham is and what it produces would help a lot of people get a handle on this song at least, and if it could send one person back to SG with open ears then this is worth a go.

There are only two famous things to come out of Dagenham (an area to the East of London, very unglamorous).

1) Dudley Moore. Now I stand to be corrected but I do not think this song is about him.

2) Ford Motor Cars. Dagenham is home to a massive Ford Factory which produces the UK's most popular cars, the Escort (the chosen car of the so-called Boy Racer) and the Fiesta. And is by far and away the main source of employment in the area.

To prefix a song "Dagenham" immediately places it within a certain context. It tells us that Dagenham Dave is a working class, heterosexual male, works at Fords and drives a Ford Escort (the commonest car on the roads)

In an area with its fair share of unemployment, he has a job, has a car, has more than his share of women (Karen and Sharon) and need not worry where his his next meal is coming from.

There is a flip side to life in Dagenham, and there is a b-side to DD. "Nobody Loves Us", *Useless and Shiftless (Car workers work shifts) and Jobless* these people are what Dagenham Dave would be except "Everybody loves him". While the losers in NLU plead "make us tea.....give us our favorite jam", Dave has a "mouth full of Pie". *Dagenham Dave* is not about nothing as some people seem to think and it is beautifully complimented by *Nobody Loves Us*.


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