Sleep like a baby, my little lady
Dream till the sunrise creeps into your eyes
Dream till the sunrise turns on the day.
In the avenues and alleyways,
while you sleep there's a whole world coming alive
Abel and his brother fighting one another
in and out of every dive
The avenues and alleyways,
where the strong and the quick alone can survive
Look around the jungle, see the rough and tumble
listen to a squealer cry
Then a little later in the morning paper
read about the way he died.
Wake up my pretty, go to the city
Stay through the daytime, safe in the sunshine
Stay till the daytime turns into night.
In the avenues and alleyways
Where a man's gotta work out which side he's on
Any way he chooses - chances are he loses,
no one gets to live too long
The avenues and alleyways
Where the soul of a man is easy to buy
Everybody's wheeling, everybody's steeling,
all the low are living high
Ev'ry city's got 'em, can we ever stop 'em?
Some of us are gonna try.