"Plastic Man" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
A man lives on the corner of the street,
And his neighbors think he's helpful and he's sweet,
'Cause he never swears and he always shakes you by the hand,
But no one knows he really is a plastic man.

He's got plastic heart, plastic teeth and toes,
(Yeah, he's plastic man)
He's got plastic knees and a perfect plastic nose.
(Yeah, he's plastic man)
He's got plastic lips that hide his plastic teeth and gums,
And plastic legs that reach up to his plastic bum.
(Plastic bum)

Plastic man got no brain,
Plastic man don't feel no pain,
Plastic people look the same,
Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Kick his shin or tread on his face,
Pull his nose all over the place,
He can't disfigure, or disgrace,
Plastic man (plastic man).

He's got plastic flowers growing up the walls,
He eats plastic food with a plastic knife and fork,
He likes plastic cups and saucers 'cause they never break,
And he likes to lick his gravy off a plastic plate.

Plastic man got no brain,
Plastic man don't feel no pain,
Plastic people look the same,
Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Kick his shin or tread on his face,
Pull his nose all over the place,
He can't disfigure, or disgrace,
Plastic man (plastic man).

He's got a plastic wife who wears a plastic mac,
(Yeah, he's plastic man)
And his children want to be plastic like their dad,
(Yeah, he's plastic man)
He's got a phony smile that makes you think he understands,
But no one ever gets the truth from plastic man
(Plastic man)

Plastic man (plastic man).


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"Plastic Man" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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    General CommentLove this song... great beat and vibe.
    Tricky1979on March 27, 2012   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely fanastic commentary on how fake people really are. how on the surface they seem so genuine but they are really phony, "plastic" people that you really never know for sure. Nothing is really what you see, is it?
    LolaBaton November 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great, it always gets me dancing when I'm driving to work in the morning. I never really thought about the meaning I just liked the song, but yeah you'r right Lolabat.
    newgirlon May 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's funny that now this song has a literal meaning with plastic surgery being so popular. People are actually plastic.

    Kinks songs are so timeless because, even though they were written in the '60s, I find myself thinking about the same things now.
    aboredteenageron October 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhy was the song banned by the BBC on its first release, is it to do with homoerotic undertones that the Kinks were famous with including in their songs? I always thought it was about the gay stereotype because of 'plastic people look the same'.
    Phantason March 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAround the time the song was being written, plastics were becoming more and more popular as cheap substitutes for all kinds of traditional products. Plastic was the new faux material, like pleather and most of the things Wal Mart, K-Mart and other big box stores sell. Cheap junk. Plastic people don't think they just follow the lead of others and buy stupid junk because they feel like they have to not because they really need it. Davies is making fun of people like that, perhaps in an attempt to get people to wake up and change their habits. Doesn't seem to have worked... There are more of these bozos around today than in the 60s it seems.
    descendenton March 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song really makes me realise how fake people are,
    ' he cant disfigure or disgrace'
    they are so thickskinned and narrow minded they wont ever change thier views or opinions.
    But this is a great song, and really lively.
    Talieon May 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song really makes me realise how fake people are,
    ' he cant disfigure or disgrace'
    they are so thickskinned and narrow minded they wont ever change thier views or opinions.
    But this is a great song, and really lively.
    Talieon May 28, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'Plastic Man' was - when the song was wrote - a trendy description of an 'artificial and often inferior' person.
    I think the song is about a man who is physically plastic, -
    He’s got plastic heart, plastic teeth and toes
    He’s got plastic knees and a perfect plastic nose
    He’s got plastic lips that hide his plastic teeth and gums
    And plastic legs that reach up to his plastic bum -

    but also has a plastic personality. -
    He’s got a phony smile that makes you think he understands
    But no one ever gets the truth from plastic man.
    comedancingon September 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song has not dated at all... in this day of mobile phones and texting, ipods and downloading, second life and... well second lives... it seems to be a very current social commentary.
    MJ007on September 01, 2009   Link

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