"Picture Book" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
Picture yourself when you're getting old,
Sat by the fireside a-pondering on[?].
Picture book, pictures of your mama, taken by your papa a long time ago.
Picture book, of people with each other, to prove they love each other a long ago.
Na, na, na, na, na na.
Na, na, na, na, na na.
Picture book.
Picture book.

A picture of you in your birthday suit,
You sat in the sun on a hot afternoon.
Picture book, your mama and your papa, and fat old Uncle Charlie out cruising with their friends.
Picture book, a holiday in August, outside a bed and breakfast in sunny Southend.
Picture book, when you were just a baby, those days when you were happy, a long time ago.
Na, na, na, na, na na.
Na, na, na, na, na na.
Picture book.
Picture book.
Picture book.
Picture book.

Picture book,
Na, na, na, na na,
Na, na, na, na na,
A-scooby-dooby-doo.
Picture book,
Na, na, na, na na,
Na, na, na, na na,
A-scooby-dooby-doo.

Picture book, pictures of your mama, taken by your papa a long time ago.
Long time ago,
Long time ago,
Long time ago,
Long time ago,
Yeah, yeah, yeah.


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"Picture Book" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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    General CommentI love the kinks. I love retro.
    Suncoverson November 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentironically, Ray dislikes having his picture taken or the ideas of photos. brilliant song and great that HP are using it in their commercials now. perfect for an ad campaign.
    LolaBaton November 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love the one commercial where the guy picks up the frames and it takes pictures of him.

    this is a great song.
    BigDaddyRay28on December 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthazy lazy afternoons out in the deck chairs :o)
    Ohmon December 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah i actually started to have a predilection The Kinks after that commecial... much love for hewlett-packard digital photography
    t.bosherson December 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentUh, right. That's why it's ironic. This song is about disliking pictures, in a backhanded way. So it's a "great ad campaign" that HP is using it? That depends on how you look at things. I don't think the song is hurt by the move, but it's sort of silly.
    Little Timmyon January 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think its a little sad how the parents have to use pictures to prove they loved each other a long time ago.
    happytreefriend89on May 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song literally got me into The Kinks. They own.
    SOCKPUPPET6Oon August 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI didn't think this song was that well known. I always assumed it was an obscure song in the Kinks huge lot of songs. I wouldn't expect this song to have eight replies when so many other great songs by "the Kinks" have no replies. Well, anyway, it’s a great song and it is fun to play on my guitar.
    WorkingClassLoseron September 29, 2005   Link
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    General Comment by happytreefriend89 on 05-16-2005 @ 05:57:39 PM
    I think its a little sad how the parents have to use pictures to prove they loved each other a long time ago.

    I don't think it was really sad... I think if anything it was pointing out the naivety of young love. Of course pictures can't prove your love, but... why do younger people tend to take so many of them?
    TheSilverNobleon May 28, 2006   Link

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