Ray Davies's
Working Man's Café cover

UK Jive

Ray Davies, released on UK Jive, © Davray Music Ltd. 1989


Another Saturday night and everybody gets together

The pubs are turning out and all the streets are alive

But the people wanna party so they come back to our house

Everybody gonna do the U.K. Jive

Dad's got a crate of beer and it's an open invitation

He's ever-so elated and so are his mates.

Everybody's welcome to bring all their dates home

To syncopate and celebrate the U.K. Jive.

Swing your partner to the left, swing he back to the right.

Don't stand in the middle and act cool all night.

Everybody act a fool, jump around, lose your mind

Celebrate and typify the sign of the times.


Do that U.K. Jive

Do that U.K. Jive

U.K. O.K. U.K. O.K. gimme that U.K. Jive



You gotta swing to the left, then back to the right

You gotta learn to swing both ways.

When you're jiving in the U.K. O.K. U.K.


Mum's all annoyed dad forgot the inflation

He blew all his wages by half past nine.

Now he's bought a gramophone on the never never

And the tally man's gotta have his money on time

But the kids are jumping round

And they're wearing out their leather

Driving all the neighbours out of their minds

Make a noise with boys and girls of the nation

That's the explanation of the U.K. Jive.


Blow in my ear, I like the way you do that.

And that's what I wanna hear.

Is that a fact?

Are you jiving me?

Oh, you bad pussy cat

You'll make papa mad.


Do that U.K. Jive

Do that U.K. Jive

U.K O.K. U.K. O.K.

Do that U.K. Jive