"Young And Innocent Days" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
I look back at the way I used to look at life
Soft, white dreams with sugar coated outside
It was great, so great
Young and innocent days
I wish my eyes could only see
Everything, exactly as it used to be
It's too late, so late
Young and innocent days
I see the lines across your face
Time has gone and nothing ever can replace
Those great, so great
Young and innocent days

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"Young and Innocent Days" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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    General CommentThe only song on Arthur without a power chord?...and done wonderfully. This song is the ultimate nostalgic peice from the album, a theme presented in a variety of ways on Arthur, but definetely culminating here. I think the character singing is Arthur's son and that he is longing for innocence again in a world which he believes is vile or brainwashed.
    The way Ray and Dave perform this song so well together, and with alternating harmonies, always made me think it was like an ode to eachother as brothers. I know I can't help but thinking of my great childhood spent with my siblings when I hear this song. The words "I see the lines that cross your face" make me look at how much older my family and I are now and leaves me with this unsettling, hopeless feeling that "nothing ever can replace".
    mycology101on January 21, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:'(
    hippy000on April 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful rumination on time passed and lost, such a wonderful light and airy musical arrangement for these delicate lyrics about lost innocence and the unrelentless passing of time.
    FishesWillLaughon May 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think you're wrong mycology. It definitely is about looking back but it's sung from Arthur's point of view. This is one of the later tracks on the album and Arthur is looking back and and wondering what it's all for (a repeated theme in Ray Davies' music). He wants to go back in time when things were much simpler. Who doesn't? We all want to go back when we have the whole future ahead of us and the world at our feet. A very nostalgic, sad song.

    Arthur is much older and wiser now and wishes he could become that naive person with his dreams ahead of him. He eventually comes to terms with it and relishes the good old days of his youth.
    robsunon June 19, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationA tragic song about the dangers of attempting to live in a sentimentalized past that if indulged will lead to crippling despair.

    The refrain: " It was great, so great
    Young and innocent days" is ironic. If you attempt to capture these "soft white dreams, sugar coated outside" and live as if they are reality, you will end up in utter despair.

    The music is deeply melancholic and underlines the great danger of becoming drugged and incapacitated by memory. A very beautiful song, that I'm sure arose from the depths of Ray Davies psyche.
    snootybaroneton August 16, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI love the atmosphere in this song, it conjures up summer days in suburban London back in the 1970's. Playing in the garden, going to the park, going on bike rides and picnics in the country.
    BarnabyHugheson November 03, 2015   Link

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