Song of the Day #2,420: ‘Waterloo Sunset’ – The Kinks

kinks_waterloo_sunsetI’ve always wanted to be a big Kinks fan. I love the idea of The Kinks, their general sound, the way their music has been used in some of my favorite movies.

But I have never taken the time to really get to know their music. Just a single here and there on a movie soundtrack.

In a recent issue of Rolling Stone Ray Davies talks in detail about 15 of his favorite Kinks songs, discussing the writing and recording process. Reading that article, I wished I knew all of the songs he was describing (I knew about three of them).

‘Waterloo Sunset,’ for example, feels like a great song just from its title.

Davies had this to say about the song:

This was a romantic, lyrical song about my older sister’s generation. Maybe the love of her life, walking unto the future, crossing the bridge. “Terry” and “Julie” were big, famous actors at the time. It was the generation that survived World War II. All my sisters were adults, and I had took onboard a lot of their generation’s culture and music — the big bands, the dance bands. It had an effect on me.

Dirty old river, must you keep rolling
Flowing into the night
People so busy, makes me feel dizzy
Taxi light shines so bright
But I don’t need no friends
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is the evening time
Waterloo sunset’s fine

Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station
Every Friday night
But I am so lazy, don’t want to wander
I stay at home at night
But I don’t feel afraid
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is the evening time
Waterloo sunset’s fine

Millions of people swarming like flies ’round Waterloo underground
But Terry and Julie cross over the river
Where they feel safe and sound
And they don’t need no friends
As long as they gaze on Waterloo sunset
They are in paradise

Waterloo sunset’s fine

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,420: ‘Waterloo Sunset’ – The Kinks

  1. Shawn says:

    I didn’t get into The Kinks until later but if you enjoy the act of discovering new music, going thru their discography is a treat. An excellent introduction to me is the live album One For The Road and for something really different to get away from the hits try Muswell Hillbillies. I’m sure Beyonce and Daft Punk have never heard those albums and the thought makes me smile broadly.

  2. Dana says:

    I have about the same familiarity with The Kimks as you do. I generally like what I know and what I’ve heard, though I haven’t felt the desire to explore much deeper. It does seem, however, that such an exploration would prove rewarding.

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