"Session Man" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
He never will forget at all
The day he played at the Albert Hall.
A million sessions ago it seems.
He is a session man,
A chord progression,
A top musician.

Rock 'n' roll or vocal star [could be "folk group star" or "Vaudeville star"],
A philharmonic orchestra,
Everything comes the same to him.
He is a session man,
A chord progression,
A top musician.

He's not paid to think, just play,
A session man
A session man
A session man
Playing at a different studio every day.

He reads the dots and plays each line,
And always finishes on time.
No overtime nor favors done.
He is a session man,
A chord progression,
A top musician.

He's not paid to think, just play,
A session man
A session man
A session man


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"Session Man" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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    General CommentThis was written as an affectionate jibe at the famous British session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, who actually played on the track. Hopkins' distinctive piano playing appeared on records by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Donovan and many others.
    butterfingersbeckon September 12, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI like to think this was Ray Davies' tribute to the under-appreciated session musicians. Guys who were talented and impeccable in their performance and propped up the careers of decadent, loutish rock stars who wouldn't be able to make a recording without them.
    truantbuickon July 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt always seems a rather mocking song, and I suspect it is more about sex than music.
    Toby1974on August 23, 2013   Link

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