"Sitting By the Riverside" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
Out in the country,
Far from all the soot and noise of the city,
There's a village green.
It's been a long time
Since I last set eyes on the church with the steeple
Down by the village green.
Twas there I met a girl called daisy
And kissed her by the old oak tree.
Although I loved my daisy, I saw fame,
And so I left the village green.

I miss the village green,
And all the simple people.
I miss the village green,
The church, the clock, the steeple.
I miss the morning dew, fresh air and Sunday school.

And now all the houses
Are rare antiquities.
American tourists flock to see the village green.
They snap their photographs and say "gawd darn it,
Isn't it a pretty scene?"
And daisy's married tom the grocer boy,
And now he owns a grocery.

I miss the village green,
And all the simple people.
I miss the village green,
The church, the clock, the steeple.
I miss the morning dew, fresh air and Sunday school.

And I will return there,
And I'll and daisy,
And we'll sip tea, laugh,
And talk about the village green.
We will laugh and talk about the village green.

Lyrics submitted by BeadBeeman, edited by Hecticbushpig

"Sitting by the Riverside" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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    General CommentOK! rly surprising no1's posted anything here on this..
    Well, I do like "Sitting..." alot. It's like an excellent song to wake up to in the morning - that's what i do, anyways:)
    voltaboltaon December 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenta plea for metamorphosis
    jkisauon October 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFirst off - What a great little gem from this incredible band! I've been listening to the Kinks for the last 35 years, and just stumbled on this one. Nice surprise! I picture Ray Davies settling down to what he expects to be an idyllic, serene lazy afternoon communing with nature's beauty by the riverside. Then, in comes a pleasant, but slightly off-key (aren't they all?) accordion playing it's three note riff until it's just about worn out it's welcome. Back to another verse, then along comes that accorion again, only this time it's longer, louder and more intrusive than ever! And, is that a foghorn I hear at the same time? The picture I get is his hoped-for peaceful relaxation by the riverside is being ruined by obnoxious barges and party boats jamming up what he thought would be a peaceful river view. Laughed my ass off the first few times thinking of this. Is it what Ray had in mind? I sure don't know, but considering his sense of humor, it's what I thought about. If Leon Redbone sang this song, I'd just think his accordion player was trying to show off. Forgetting all that, IslandMyk nailed it. It is a lovely song for sure.
    Bill1964on October 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAre you people daft? This isn't even "Sitting by the Riverside." It's fucking "Village Green." Wow.
    Aquarius121on February 11, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree, it's a lovely song. To me, it's about finally finding that right person and learning that there is a beautiful simplicity to life once that person is found. Just sitting by the riverside, I'm content and my life is complete.
    IslandMykon February 15, 2009   Link

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