THE KINKS on a Sunny Afternoon 50 Years Ago…

THE KINKS hit the top spot of the UK singles chart 50 years ago today – 7 July 1966 – with one of their biggest scores: SUNNY AFTERNOON. A sagacious and sarcastic song about the greedy taxman in the mid-sixties in Great Britain (George Harrison wrote his ‘Taxman’ song that same year). I just wonder why the accompanying clip was filmed among the trees in wintertime. Another example of genial frontman/songwriter Ray Davies‘ sense of deadpan humor I guess. Now let’s all sing along to that brilliantly sedate melody… lazing on a sunny afternoon, in the summertime

The taxman’s taken all my dough
And left me in my stately home
Lazing on a sunny afternoon
And I can’t sail my yacht
He’s taken everything I’ve got
All I’ve got’s this sunny afternoon

Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze
I got a big fat mama trying to break me
And I love to live so pleasantly
Live this life of luxury
Lazing on a sunny afternoon
In the summertime
In the summertime
In the summertime

My girlfriend’s run off with my car
And gone back to her ma and pa
Telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty.
Now I’m sitting here
Sipping at my ice cold beer
Lazing on a sunny afternoon

Help me, help me, help me sail away
Well give me two good reasons why I oughta stay
‘Cause I love to live so pleasantly
Live this life of luxury
Lazing on a sunny afternoon
In the summertime
In the summertime
In the summertime

Ah, save me, save me, save me from this squeeze
I got a big fat mama trying to break me
And I love to live so pleasantly
Live this life of luxury
Lazing on a sunny afternoon
In the summertime
In the summertime
In the summertime

Kinks

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