Song of the Day #4,776: ‘The Contenders’ – The Kinks

Speaking of bands that could use the deep dive treatment… The Kinks surely qualify. I know very little of their work, but I’m a big fan of pretty much everything I’ve heard.

With 24 albums over 30 years, an exhaustive deep dive would be quite an endeavor. But maybe a sampling of the five to ten albums considered their best is in order.

I’m sure 1970’s Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One would be on that list. I know this album primarily for ‘Lola,’ plus the trio of ‘This Time Tomorrow,’ ‘Strangers’ and ‘Powerman,’ which were all used in Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited.

Great songs all, as is today’s SOTD.

[Verse 1]
Hush little mammy don’t you cry
Got to see what it’s like on the world outside
Got to get out of this life somehow
Got to be free, we got to be free now

[Verse 2]
I don’t want to be a constructor of highways
A sweeper of sidewalks, I got to do it my way
I’m too ill-equipped for a mathematician
A shrewd politician, a maker of petitions

[Verse 3]
We’re not the greatest when when we’re separated
But when we’re together I think we’re going to make it
I don’t want to be like a fascist dictator
A saint or a sinner, I want to be a winner

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,776: ‘The Contenders’ – The Kinks

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Frequent commenter Dana can get behind the deep dive for the Kinks as i too know little beyond the hits of this classic band.

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