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Rank this week: 61 (↑20)
Duration: 2:29 
Release Date: 1964  (sav-man) 
Lyrics By: Berry/Kornfeld/Wilson/Christian (sav-man) 
Music By: Berry/Kornfeld/Wilson/Christian (sav-man) 
Produced By: Jan Berry (sav-man) 
Released By: Liberty Records (sav-man) 
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  • However, he recovered sufficiently to return to occasional writing and live performing (with Dean and others) in 1978. (sav-man)
  • Due to brain damage, Jan suffered speech difficulties and paralysis on his right side. (sav-man)
  • Sadly, Jan was involved in a near-fatal auto accident in April 1966 in Los Angeles. (sav-man)
  • The "hit" version of "Dead Man's Curve" can be found on the 1964 album DEAD MAN'S CURVE/THE NEW GIRL IN SCHOOL. (sav-man)
  • However, Jan decided to redo the song with a fuller arrangement. This version (with Jan singing lead) become the hit. (sav-man)
  • The first version of this song (from the DRAG CITY album) was a rush job, with Dean singing the lead vocals instead of Jan. (sav-man)
  • Considered one of Jan & Dean's best moments, in terms of complex vocal and horn/string arrangements (written by Jan). (sav-man)
  • Reached #8 on the Billboard charts in March 1964. (sav-man)
  • Song Lyrics:
    I was cruisin' in my Stingray late one night,
    When an XKE pulled up on the right
    He 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 running fine,
    Let's come off the line now at Sunset and Vine
    But I'll go you one better, if you've got the nerve,
    Let's race all the way -- to Dead Man's Curve"
    (Dead Man's Curve) is no place to play
    (Dead Man's Curve) you'd 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 shoulda heard the whine from my screamin' machine!
    I flew past La Brea, Schwab's and Crescent Heights,
    And all the Jag could see were my six taillights
    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) is no place to play
    (Dead Man's Curve... [sounds of skids and crashes] )
    (Spoken): "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) is no place to play
    (Dead Man's Curve) you'd best keep away
    (Dead Man's Curve) I can hear 'em say:
    "Won't come back from Dead Man's Curve"
    (Dead Man's Curve) is no place to play
    (Dead Man's Curve) you'd best keep away
    (Dead Man's Curve) I can hear 'em say:
    "Won't come back from Dead Man's Curve" (fade)
    (I B Emerson)
    Current Rating 10.0 (1 vote)
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