"I'm Not Like Everybody Else" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
I won't take all that they hand me down
And make out a smile, though I wear a frown
And I won't take it all lying down
'Cause once I get started I go to town

'Cause I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

And I don't want to ball about like everybody else
And I don't want to live my life like everybody else
And I won't say that I feel fine like everybody else
'Cause I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

But darling, you know that I love you true
Do anything that you want me to
Confess all my sins like you want me to
There's one thing that I will say to you
I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else
And I don't want to ball about like everybody else
And I don't want to live my life like everybody else
And I won't say that I feel fine like everybody else
'Cause I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

Like everybody else
Like everybody else
Like everybody else
Like everybody else

If you all want me to settle down
Slow up and stop all my running 'round
Do everything like you want me to
There's one thing that I will say to you
I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else
And I don't want to ball about like everybody else
And I don't want to live my life like everybody else
And I won't say that I feel fine like everybody else
'Cause I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

Like everybody else (like everybody else)
Like everybody else (like everybody else)
Like everybody else (like everybody else)


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"I'm Not Like Everybody Else" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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    General CommentThis is one of their best songs. I think if it was covered nowadays it would go down very well. I can totally see Jack White screeching through this, guiter wailing away.

    I really think that this song is about the futility of saying that you're not like everybody else......we're all the same if you look at things a certain way.....and sometimes you can't avoid looking at it that way.

    This could have been a really iconic 60s song if it'd been released at the right time, and been a fully-fleged A side. Also, as I always say, if the Kinks hadn't been banned from the US they would have been as big as the Beatles and I wouldn't be the only one to have commented on this classic record. Sigh.
    nomishoodon January 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell its definately a product of the 60s. And a great tune as well.

    I've always taken it as a straightfoward defiance song. A sort of "rage against the machine" which turns us all into little consumerist clones.
    Comrade_Liaron June 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow. i disagree completely nomishood.

    i think Ray is just saying his not a comformer and hes tired of everyone who is, otherwise why would it be so angry
    jtucker7on April 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow. i disagree completely nomishood.

    i think Ray is just saying his not a comformer and hes tired of everyone who is, otherwise why would it be so angry
    jtucker7on April 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, and I agree with nomishood that if it was covered it would probably be a big hit. I just hope some crap artist doesn't ruin it!
    I think this is quite simply about being yourself, and not hiding what you think and feel because you should be able to do that.
    psycholollyon June 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the Kinks. First heard this song on the end of a Sopranos episode. Tony's sister Janice is in good spirits and Tony acts like a bastard by talking about her estranged kid, leading to her flipping out and going nuts. As Tony walks out the door and down the street in a long sweeping shot the live version of 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else' blares out. Moment I heard it I was mystified, DAMN, what a GREAT song! And the live version sounds really modern and chunky. I had to look it up to discover it was the Kinks, it was a big suprise, and made me realize even more how great the Kinks are. The original sounds much more like the rest of 60s Kinks but it's still great.

    I think I will cover this song soon enough. It's fantastic. I love the message.
    mrpieeateron October 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPS. There's an interesting cover by a band called 'Jimmy And The Boys' on youtube.com. It transforms the song into a punk/post-punk alternative life-style anthem. They're like a crazy half transvestite crazy band, a bit like New York Dolls. Good cover though.
    mrpieeateron October 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI had this on vinyl 45 when I married; if only she had listened! Now divorced like everybody else, but still feel the same way, only Greener
    Flamencoprofon November 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYES, Nomishood! Jack White could totally cover this.
    I love this song so very much...
    Kinks > Beatles
    THEY'RE NOT LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.
    Willboeon October 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the line "And make out a smile, though I wear a frown" was a reference to The Beatles song "I'm a Loser" which says "Although I laugh and I act like a clown, beneath this mask I am wearing a frown"
    just a thought...
    MrMojoRisin92on April 18, 2011   Link

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