Iron Maiden:22 Acacia Avenue

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“22 Acacia Avenue”
Artist: Iron Maiden
Albums: The Number of the Beast (1982)
Live After Death (1985)
Beast Over Hammersmith (2002)
The BBC Archives (2002)

If you're feeling down, depressed, and lonely
I know a place where we can go:
22 Acacia Avenue,
Meet a lady that I know.

So if you're looking for a good time
And you're prepared to pay the price,
Fifteen quid is all she asks for.
Everybody's got their vice.

If you're waiting for a long time
For the rest to do their piece,
You can tell her that you know me.
You might even get it free.

So any time you're down the East End,
Don't you hesitate to go.
You can take my honest word for it:
She'll teach you more than you can know.

Charlotte, can't you get out from all of this madness?
Can't you see it only brings you sadness?
When you entertain your men
Don't you know the risk of getting disease?

Some day when you're reaching the age of forty
I bet you'll regret the days when you were laying!
Nobody then will want to know
You won't have any beautiful wares to show any more.

22, the avenue,
That's the place where we all go.
You will find it's warm inside
Red light's burning bright tonight.

Charlotte isn't it time you stopped this mad life?
Don't you ever think about the bad times?
Why do you have to live this way?
Do you enjoy your lay or is it the pay?

Sometimes when you're strolling down the avenue,
The way you walk it makes men think of having you.
When you're walking down the street
Everybody stops and turns to stare at you.

22, the avenue,
That's the place where we all go.
You will find it's warm inside
Red light's burning bright tonight.

Beat her, mistreat her, do anything that you please.
Bite her, excite her, make her get down on her knees.
Abuse her, misuse her, she can take all that you've got.
Caress her, molest her, she always doest what you want.

You're running away, don't you know what you're doing?
Can't you see it'll lead you to ruin?
Charlotte, you've taken your life and you've thrown it away.

You believe that because what you're earning
Your life's good - don't you know that you're hurting?
All the people that love you don't cast them aside.

All the men that are constantly drooling;
It's no life for you - stop all that screwing!
You're packing your bags; you're coming with me.