"Celluloid Heroes" as written by and Ray Davies....
Everybody's a dreamer and everybody's a star
And everybody's in movies, it doesn't matter who you are
There are starts in every city
In every house and on every street
And if you walk down Hollywood Boulevard
Their names are written in concrete

Don't step on Greta Garbo as you walk down the Boulevard
She looks so weak and fragile that's why she tried to be so hard
But they turned her into a princess
And they sat her on a throne
But she turned her back on stardom
Because she wanted to be alone

You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard
Some that you recognize, some that you've hardly even heard of
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain

Rudolph Valentino looks very much alive
And he looks up ladies dresses as they sadly pass him by
Avoid stepping on Bela Lugosi
'Cause he's liable to turn and bite
But stand close by Bette Davis
Because hers was such a lonely life

If you covered him with garbage
George Sanders would still have style
And if you stamped on Mickey Rooney
He would still turn round and smile
But please don't tread on dearest Marilyn
'Cause she's not very tough
She should have been made of iron or steel
But she was only made of flesh and blood

You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard
Some that you recognize, some that you've hardly even heard of
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain

Everybody's a dreamer and everybody's a star
And everybody's in show biz, it doesn't matter who you are
And those who are successful
Be always on your guard
Success walks hand in hand with failure
Along Hollywood Boulevard

I wish my life was non-stop Hollywood movie show
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die

You can see all the stars as you walk along...
You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard
Some that you recognize, some that you've hardly even heard of
People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame
Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain

La la la la

Oh, celluloid heroes never feel any pain
Oh, celluloid heroes never really die
I wish my life was non-stop Hollywood movie show
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die


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"Celluloid Heroes" as written by Ray Davies

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    General CommentSimply unbelivable songwriting on Davies part I salute you Mr. Davies for the great music you have given us which definately incluedes this fantastic/chilling song. I mean everytime I hear it, it gives me chills. Lets see more comments for this song people!
    floydian18on August 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's amazing ballad. Ray Davies and co. at their best.
    Painbeareron December 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's amazing ballad. Ray Davies and co. at their best.
    Painbeareron December 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed, I love this song.
    Spudgunon January 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is pretty self explanatory...

    One of my favorite Kinks songs, and one of the few songs that can bring a tear to my eye...especially the part about Marilyn Monroe.

    Beautiful song.
    Drdestructoon August 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLove it. I used to think it wasn't that good actually. I used to just listen to the intro and hear it sounded slow so i skipped it to the next songs.

    How foolish of me.

    Love the song.
    xSiddersxon January 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me Ray Davies writes about celluloid heroes and compares being in a famous life to the life of a mundane normal person and saying it's not all that different . it doesn't matter what you become or how high up you get in life . your still venerable in life. success walks hand and hand with failure along Hollywood Boulevard.
    chameleon000on April 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI adore this song. I think the more mature Kinks songs are always their best. Ray's wavering voice and the awesome instruments near the end are so gratifying.

    I see it as a normal person who wishes they were in movies (I wish my life was a nonstop Hollywood movie show), but in reality the people who ARE in movies are just like normal people himself. So it's ironic. Not only that, but these normal actors/actresses have worked really hard to achieve their stardom that the only way they are remembered to the world (never really die) is through their movies and their star on the boulevard. Pretty sad!! Saying that they (never feel any pain) is also ironic because they do - they are normal like us.

    Love the song.
    webmasterdeeon May 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song pretty much explains itself.
    I love it when Ray talks about all the stars people along Hollywood Boulevard, and how we remember them now, because of their fame.
    Greta Garbo turned her back on stardom,
    Rudolph Valentino died too young,
    Bela Lugosi will always be remembered as a vampire,
    Bette Davis had a lonely life,
    George Sanders was stylish,
    Mickey Rooney is always happy,
    And Marilyn Monroe wasn't very tough.

    I especially love the lines:
    "And those who are successful,
    Be always on your guard,
    Success walks hand in hand with failure
    Along hollywood boulevard."
    because it is so true.
    comedancingon September 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAgreed all around. Lovely song.
    kmk_natashaon February 03, 2010   Link

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