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I was cruisin' in my Sting Ray late one night
When an XKE pulled up on the right
And rolled down the window of his shiny new Jag
And challenged me then and there to a drag
I said, "You're on, buddy, my mill's runnin' fine
Let's come off the line now, at Sunset and Vine
But I'll throw you one better if you've got the nerve
Let's race all the way
To Dead Man's Curve"

Dead Man's Curve, it's no place to play
Dead Man's Curve, you best keep away
Dead Man's Curve, I can hear 'em say
Won't come back from Dead Man's Curve

The street was deserted late Friday night
We were buggin' each other while we sat out the light
We both popped the clutch when the light turned green
You should of heard the whine from my screamin' machine
I flew past LaBrea, Schwab's, and Crescent Heights
And all the Jag could see were my six tail lights
He passed me at Doheny then I started to swerve
But I pulled her out and there we were
At Dead Man's Curve

Dead Man's Curve, it's no place to play
Dead Man's Curve

Well, the last thing I remember, Doc, I started to swerve
And then I saw the Jag slide into the curve
I know I'll never forget that horrible sight
I guess I found out for myself that everyone was right
Won't come back from Dead Man's Curve

Dead Man's Curve, it's no place to play
Dead Man's Curve, you best keep away
Dead Man's Curve, I can hear 'em say
Won't come back from Dead Man's Curve

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    UnregisteredMay 6, 2012 at 7:53 pm
    They're young, quasi affluent, in love with their feelin of youth and abilities. Searchin for ecstasy and tryin in every way. But not quite aware yet how the environment can bite. But hey life's short and life's what u do not what you don't do. The biggest crime is being afraid to die. Our ancestors did and here we are.
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    UnregisteredSep 7, 2012 at 12:47 am
    To unregistered on april 24th 2012; i've never heard any version but the one mentioning the six taillights. Yes, frenched taillights were a popular modification to cars in the 50s and 60s but the modification jan and dean are talking about is the changing a corvette sting ray from four taillights to six taillights, a mod which mimicked the taillights on the chevrolet impala. The same exact taillights that were used on the 1958 impala were used on all 1961-67 corvettes! Hope this helps!!
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    UnregisteredSep 7, 2012 at 12:41 am
    To unregistered on aug 5th 2012; a mill is an older term for an engine. It was commonly used during that period of time. (my mills' runnin' fine. ) hope this clears that up for you.
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    UnregisteredAug 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm
    I've never thought much about the meaning of the song,just thought it was about a drag racing accident. But after 40 some years of hearing that song i finally learned what the words really are,never knew it was lebrea,schwab and crescent hts. ,still don't know what a mills is,always thought they said vettes.
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    UnregisteredApr 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm
    Are there two versions of this song? In one they say "six tail lights" in another i swear they say "frenched tail lights". Frenched lights were a popular modification of hot rodders.

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