"David Watts" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
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I am a dull and simple lad
Can not tell water from champagne
And I have never met the queen
And I wish I could have all that he has got
I wish I could be like David Watts

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And when I lie on my pillow at night
I dream I could fight like David Watts
Lead the school team to victory
And take my exams and pass the lot

(wish I could be)
Wish I could be like David Watts
(wish I could be)
Wish I could be like David Watts
(wish I could be)
Conduct my life like David Watts
(wish I could be)



I wish I could be like David Watts

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He is the head boy at the school
He is the captain of the team
He is so gay and fancy free
And I wish all his money belonged to me
I wish I could be like David Watts

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And all the girls in the neighborhood
Try to go out with David Watts
They try their best but can't succeed
For he is of pure and noble breed

Wish I could be like
Wish I could be like
Wish I could be like

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"David Watts" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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    General CommentAs someone named David Watts this song has provided my friends with no end of amusement. Especially the line, "he is so gay and fancy-free". I can't tell you how many voicemails I've received that simply sing, "fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa".
    I wish I could say my parents were inspired to name me after the song but they'd never heard it until I played it for them. Beyond the name I have nothing in common with the title character. I'm perpetually broke, can't get a date to save my life and certainly a "dull and simple lad". I, too, wish I could be like "David Watts".
    dwatts13on August 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentDavid Watts was an actual person and friend of the band.

    He also supposedly had a big crush on Dave ;-). He's been immortalized in song by Ray.
    LolaBaton November 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI always took this song to be a dig on the popular kids in school. There's always one David Watts in every school, that all the other kids wish they could be like.
    Pirtyfool22on May 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always liked the self-effacing lyrics about how he's such a dirty, unwashed lunk next to this wonderful David Watts.
    Blur, for their song "Tracy Jacks", said the name for the title character of that song was influenced by the title character of this song.
    ProfessorKnowItAllon September 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that David Watts was some sort of role model to this guy. He seems to have alot of respect for him and seems to admire him an awful lot, "For he is of pure and noble breed"
    I also like the comparison between him and David Watts: "I am a dull and simple lad"
    I guess it could be about 'popular kids' at school, but i think its more intense than that, he dreams about being like him. I suppose you could also say that David Watts isn't real and he's just an imaginary person thats everything the guy in the song wants to be.
    comedancingon September 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI wish I could have all that he has got...

    I want to be like David Watts...
    Phadedjadedon August 27, 2010   Link
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    General Commentone of the kinks' best songs! i agree with professorknowitall--the self-effacing lyrics are really funny, but they also make for a really accurate depiction of kids' tendency to sort of idolize somebody. it could be david watts, who is a gay and fancy-free perfect/popular kid, or a pop culture icon. personally, i used to idolize indiana jones. this is a really simple song and it captures that tendency amazingly well. also, i always thought there was an element of schoolboy crush here. maybe that's just me. and if lola bat is right, maybe ray was writing this song to make the real david watts feel good.

    dwatts13's post has got me cracking up. fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa
    gpphon February 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWhenever I listen to The Kinks, I always seem to be hearing lots of irony. Here too, it doesn’t seem to me that this is a straightforward ode to a guy. For example, note the last few lines:

    And all the girls ... try their best but can't succeed
    For he is of pure and noble breed

    ant then a sort of significant pause that I believe means that David doesn’t seem to be interested in girls...
    soboton November 26, 2012   Link
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    Song Meaning1. Daivd is greatly admired (wanting to be like/with) by his fellow schoolmates, but naturally and ironically this success itself seperates him even more.

    2. While Ray is mocking this "I wish I could be like" admiration, he is actually jealous.

    3. David is actually gay, so much of this admiration from others is strictly superficial.
    Raveonon June 07, 2013   Link

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