"Autumn Almanac" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
From the dew-soaked hedge creeps a crawly caterpillar
When the dawn begins to crack
It's all part of my autumn almanac
Breeze blows leaves of a musty-colored yellow
So I sweep them in my sack
Yes, yes, yes, it's my autumn almanac

Friday evenings, people get together
Hiding from the weather
Tea and toasted, buttered currant buns
Can't compensate for lack of sun
Because the summer's all gone

La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Oh, my poor rheumatic back
Yes, yes, yes, it's my autumn almanac
La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Oh, my autumn almanac
Yes, yes, yes, it's my autumn almanac

I like my football on a Saturday
Roast beef on Sundays, all right
I go to Blackpool for my holidays
Sit in the open sunlight

This is my street, and I'm never gonna leave it
And I'm always gonna to stay here
If I live to be ninety-nine
'Cause all the people I meet
Seem to come from my street
And I can't get away
Because it's calling me (come on home)
Hear it calling me (come on home)

La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Oh, my autumn Armagnac
Yes, yes, yes, it's my autumn almanac
La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Oh, my autumn almanac
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes

Bop-bop-boom-bop-bop-boom-bop-bop-boom-bop-bop-boom (whoa!)

Yes, yes


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"Autumn Almanac" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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  • +2
    General CommentSooooo English. Captures British life perfectly. Tend the garden, never move too far away from where you grew up, Roast beef on Sunday, holidays in Blackpool, etc. ray has a knack for observation, and then turning those observations into perfect little vignettes.
    LolaBaton October 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song always reminds me of my Nan and Grandad. Sniff!
    Boss Manon July 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the humour of the kinks
    -wishyouwerehere-on May 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with LolaBat. This song captures British life almost perfectly.
    comedancingon September 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, just purely about stereotypical English life. Heard Ray play this at Glastonbury 09, amazing
    originlon September 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCrazy, wonderful song, really theatrical in Ray's delivery.

    I love the bridge when he sings "This is my street, and I'm never going to leave it...", because I always find myself agreeing and feeling all cosy about the place where I live, but then realising the sad truth that maybe this is all I'm going to see for the rest of my life, and maybe I should get out and see the world more, which I think is what the singer is suggesting these people should do.

    "Tea and toasted, buttered currant buns
    Can't compensate for lack of sun"

    sums up English people so well, miserable because of the miserable weather, but too miserable to do anything about it! And I'm (kinda) one of them!
    FishesWillLaughon March 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Clash used this riff on "London Calling"
    robsunon May 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWoops,that was Dead End Street.
    robsunon May 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust a perfect song...

    One of my favorite Kinks tracks
    Phadedjadedon August 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI love this song to bits!
    It's one of my favourite Kinks songs, too.
    And I'm not even British :)
    Samsamion July 10, 2013   Link

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