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  • The Kinks: Waterloo Sunset and Village Green Preservation Society (1972)

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on June 30th, 2008 (All posts by )

    An amazing live performance of two brilliant, wistful songs. Ray Davies has the greatest romantic heart in the history of rock music. The horns on Village Green Preservation Society are a nice touch.

    Waterloo Sunset

    Dirty old river
    must you keep rolling,
    flowing into the night
    People so busy
    make me feel dizzy
    taxi light shines so bright.

    But I don’t feel afraid
    as long as I gaze at Waterloo Sunset
    I am in Paradise
    Every day I look at the world from my window
    chilly, chilly is the evening time
    Waterloo Sunset’s fine

    Terry meets July
    Waterloo Station
    every friday night
    But I’am so lazy
    don’t want to wonder
    I stay at home at night

    But I don’t feel afraid
    as long as I gaze at
    Waterloo Sunset
    I am in Paradise
    Every day I look at the world from my window
    chilly, chilly is the evening time
    Waterloo sunset’s fine

    Millions of peopleswarming like flies round
    Waterloo Underground
    but Terry and July
    crossover the river
    where they feel save and sound

    And they don’t feel afraid
    as long as they gaze at
    Waterloo Sunset
    they are in Paradise

    Waterloo Sunset’s fine

    The Village Green Preservation Society

    We are the Village Green Preservation Society
    God save Donald Duck, Vaudeville and Variety
    We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society
    God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties

    Preserving the old ways from being abused
    Protecting the new ways for me and for you
    What more can we do

    We are the Draught Beer Preservation Society
    God save Mrs. Mopp and good Old Mother Riley
    We are the Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium
    God save the George Cross and all those who were awarded them
    We are the Sherlock Holmes English Speaking Vernacular
    Help save Fu Manchu, Moriarty and Dracula

    We are the Office Block Persecution Affinity
    God save little shops, china cups and virginity
    We are the Skyscraper condemnation Affiliate
    God save tudor houses, antique tables and billiards

    Preserving the old ways from being abused
    Protecting the new ways for me and for you
    What more can we do