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Do I understand correctly the italicized phrase means the guys are strolling down the avenue like their fathers strolled it before?
We´re strolling down the avenue, our fathers have before.
To the left is just a vacant smile, to the right, the open door.
I´ve never loved for more than this, it never was my style.
Again, we lie for graditudẹ Again, it's not worth while.
So arm and arm we carry on, though heaven's not a mile.
The secret is to fantasize, the secret is to smile...
The source: Lyrics of The Avenue by OMD
I would take the first sentence to mean the same as you did. Bear in mind that song lyrics rarely follow grammatical rules. The words are written to fit the rhyme and the rhythm of the music.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.