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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2004 11:38 pm    Post subject: The Kinks Reply with quote

I'm just now discovering this band . . .

In my opinion, their only masterpiece was "The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society", a concept album. Other GREAT selections:

"Arthur - Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire"
"Lola versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One"
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2004 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Apeman" - The Kinks

I think I'm sophisticated
'Cos I'm living my life
Like a good Homo sapi-an

But all around me
Everybody's multiplying
And they're walking 'round like flies, man

So I'm no better
Than the animals
Sitting in their cages in the zoo, man

'Cos compared to the flowers
And the birds and the trees
I am an ape man

I think I'm so educated
And I'm so civilized
'Cos I'm a strict vegetarian

But with the over-population
And inflation and starvation
And the crazy politici-ans

I don't feel safe in this world no more
I don't want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore
And make like an ape man

I'm an ape man
I'm an ape ape man
Oh, I'm an ape man
I'm a King Kong man
I'm a voodoo man
Oh, I'm an ape man

'Cos compared to the sun that sits in the sky
Compared to the clouds as they roll by
Compared to the bugs and the spiders and flies
I am an ape man

Lalalalalalala

In man's evolution he's created the city and the motor traffic rumble
But give me half a chance and I'd be taking off my clothes and living in the jungle

'Cos the only time that I feel at ease
Is swinging up and down in a coconut tree
Oh what a life of luxury
To be like an ape man

I'm an ape man
I'm an ape ape man
Oh, I'm an ape man
I'm a King Kong man
I'm a voodoo man
Oh, I'm an ape man

I look out the window
But I can't see the sky
The air pollution is foggin' up my eyes
I want to get out of this city alive
And make like an ape man

Lalalalalalala

Come and love me
Be my ape man girl
And we'd be so happy
In my ape man world

I'm an ape man
I'm an ape ape man
Oh, I'm an ape man
I'm a King Kong man
I'm a voodoo man
Oh, I'm an ape man

I'll be your Tarzan, you'll be my Jane
I'll keep you warm and you'll keep me sane
And we'll sit in the trees and eat bananas all day
Just like an ape man

I'm an ape man
I'm an ape ape man
Oh, I'm an ape man
I'm a King Kong man
I'm a voodoo man
Oh, I'm an ape man

I don't feel safe in this world no more
I don't want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore
And make like an ape man

Lalalalalalala
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Do It Again", "Destroyer", "Lola", "Low Budget" and "All Day and All of the Night" are some of my favorite Kinks songs.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Celluloid Heroes

Everybody's a dreamer and everybody's a star,
And everybody's in movies, it doesn't matter who you are.
There are stars in every city,
In every house and on every street,
And if you walk down Hollywood boulevard
Their names are written in concrete!

Don't step on Greta Garbo as you walk down the boulevard,
She looks so weak and fragile that's why she tried to be so hard
But they turned her into a princess
And they sat her on a throne,
But she turned her back on stardom,
Because she wanted to be alone.

You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood boulevard,
Some that you recognise, some that you've hardly even heard of,
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame,
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain.
Rudolph Valentino, looks very much alive,
And he looks up ladies dresses as they sadly pass him by.
Avoid stepping on Bela Lugosi
cos hes liable to turn and bite,
But stand close by Bette Davis
Because hers was such a lonely life.
If you covered him with garbage,
George Sanders would still have style,
And if you stamped on Mickey Rooney
He would still turn round and smile,
But please don't tread on dearest Marilyn
cos shes not very tough,
She should have been made of iron or steel,
But she was only made of flesh and blood.

You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood boulevard,
Some that you recognise, some that you've hardly even heard of.
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame,
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain.

Everybody's a dreamer and everybody's a star
And everybody's in show biz, it doesn't matter who you are.

And those who are successful,
Be always on your guard,
Success walks hand in hand with failure
Along Hollywood boulevard.

I wish my life was a non-stop Hollywood movie show,
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes,
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die.

You can see all the stars as you walk along Hollywood boulevard,
Some that you recognise, some that you've hardly even heard of,
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame,
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain.

Oh celluloid heroes never feel any pain
Oh celluloid heroes never really die.

I wish my life was a non-stop Hollywood movie show,
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes,
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

THE MONEYGOROUND
(Written by Ray Davies)

Robert owes half to Grenville
Who in turn gave half to Larry
Who adored my instrumentals
And so he gave half to a foreign publisher
She took half the money that was earned in some far distant land
Gave back half to Larry and I end up with half of goodness knows what
Oh can somebody explain why things go on this way
I thought they were my friends I can't believe it's me, I can't believe that I'm so green
Eyes down round and round let's all sit and watch the moneygoround
Everyone take a little bit here and a little bit there
Do they all deserve money from a song that they've never heard
They don't know the tune and they don't know the words
But they don't give a damn
There's no end to it I'm in a pit and I'm stuck in it
The money goes round and around and around
And it comes out here when they've all taken their share
I went to see a solicitor and my story was heard and the writs were served
On the verge of a nervous breakdown I decided to fight right to the end
But if I ever get my money I'll be too old and grey to spend it
Oh, but life goes on and on and no one ever wins
And time goes quickly by just like the moneygoround
I only hope that I'll survive

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bit ashamed to say I have never sat down and listened to...
"The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society",
I need to remedy that.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DESTROYER
(Written by Ray Davies)

Met a girl called Lola and I took her back to my place
Feelin' guilty, feelin' scared, hidden cameras everywhere
Stop! hold on. stay in control

Girl, I want, you here with me
But I'm really not as cool as I'd like to be
'Cause there's a red, under my bed
And there's a little yellow man in my head
And there's a true, blue, inside of me
That keeps stoppin' me, touchin' ya, watchin' ya, lovin' ya

Paranoia, need destroyer. Paranoia, they destroy ya'

Well I fell asleep, then I woke feelin' kinda queer
Lola looked at me and said ooh you look so weird
She said man, there's really something wrong with you
One day you're gonna self-destruct
You're up, get down, I'll come work you out
You get a good thing goin' then you blow yourself out

Silly boy ya' self-destroyer. Silly boy ya' self-destroyer

Silly boy you got so much to live for
So much to aim for, so much to try for
You blow it all with, paranoia
You're so insecure you, self-destroyer

(And it goes like this, here it goes) paranoia, they destroy ya
(Here it goes again) paranoia, they destroy ya

Dr. Dr. help her please I know you'll understand
There's a time device inside of me I'm a self-destructin' man
There's a red, under my bed
And there's a little green man in my head
And said you're not goin' crazy, you're just a bit sad
'Cause there's a man in ya, gnawin' ya, tearin' ya, in to two

Silly boy ya' self-destroyer. paranoia, they destroy ya'

Self-destroyer, wreck your health
Destroy friends, destroy yourself
The time device of, self-destruction
Lies, confusion, start eruption

(Yea, it goes like this, here it goes) paranoia, they destroy ya
(Here's to paranoia) paranoia, they destroy ya
(Hey hey, here it goes) paranoia, they destroy ya
(And it goes like this)

Paranoia, they destroy ya (and it goes like this)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like "Come Dancin'!" It is a fun tune, discussing a childhood venue that is now gone. Gives me a smile just to think about it!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DoctorGamgee wrote:
I like "Come Dancin'!" It is a fun tune, discussing a childhood venue that is now gone. Gives me a smile just to think about it!


It IS a great tune, DoctorGamgee, and I thank you for reminding me of it! Twirl Dance Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

COME DANCING
(Written by Ray Davies)

They put a parking lot on a piece of land
When the supermarket used to stand
Before that they put up a bowling alley
On the site that used to be the local pally
That's where the big bands used to come and play
My sister went there on a Saturday
Come dancing
All her boyfriends used to come and call
Why not come dancing, it's only natural?
Another Saturday, another date
She would be ready but she's always make them wait
In the hallway, in anticipation
He didn't know the night would end up in frustration
He'd end up blowing all his wages for the week
All for a cuddle and a peck on the cheek
Come dancing
That's how they did it when I was just a kid
And when they said come dancing
My sister always did
My sister should have come in a midnight
And my mom would always sit up and wait
It always ended up in a big row
When my sister used to get home late
Out of my window I can see them in the moonlight
Two silhouettes saying goodnight by the garden gate
The day they knocked down the pally
My sister stood and cried
The day they knocked down the pally
Part of my childhood died, just died
Now I'm grown up and playing in a band
And there's a car park where the pally used to stand
My sister's married and she lives on an estate
Her daughters go out, now it's her turn to wait
She knows they get away with things she never could
But if I asked her I wonder if she would
Come dancing
Come on sister, have yourself a ball
Don't be afraid to come dancing
It's only natural
Come dancing
Just like the pally on a Saturday
And all her friends will come dancing
Where the big bands used to play

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DO IT AGAIN
(Written by Ray Davies)

Standing in the middle of nowhere
Wondering how to begin
Lost between tomorrow and yesterday
Between now and then

And now we're back where we started
Here we go round again
Day after day I get up and I say
I better do it again

Where are all the people going
Round and round till we reach the end
One day leading to another
Get up go out do it again

Then it's back where you started
Here we go round again
Back where you started
Come on do it again

And you think today is going to be better
Change the world and do it again
Give it all up and start all over
You say you will but you don't know when

Then it's back where you started
Here we go round again
Day after day I get up and I say
Come on better do it again

The days go by and you wish you were a different guy
Different friends and a new set of clothes
You make alterations and [a fact in you knows]
A new house a new car a new job a new nose
But it's superficial and it's only skin deep
Cause the voices in your head keep shouting in your sleep
Get back, get back

Back where you started, here we go round again
Back where you started, come on do it again

Back where you started, here we go round again
Day after day I get up and I say, do it agaiiinnn
Do it again
Day after day I get up and I say, do it again


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