"Animal Farm" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
This world is big and wild and half insane.
Take me where real animals are playing.
Just a dirty old shack,
Where the hound dogs bark,
That we called our home.
I want to be back there,
Among the cats and dogs,
And the pigs and the goats
On Animal Farm, my animal home.
On Animal Farm, my animal home.

While I lay my head upon my pillow,
Little girl, come play beneath my willow.
Though she's far from home,
She is free from harm,
And she need not fear.
She's by my side, and the sky is wide,
So let the sun shine bright
On Animal Farm, my animal home.
On Animal Farm, my animal home.

Girl, it's a hard, hard world,
If it gets you down.
Dreams often fade and die
In a bad bad world.

I'll take you where real animals are playing.
And people are real people, not just playing.
It's a quiet, quiet life,
By a dirty old shack,
That we called our home.
I want to be back there,
Among the cats and dogs,
And the pigs and the goats
On Animal Farm, my animal home.
On Animal Farm, my animal home.


Lyrics submitted by J-Box, edited by Tikigod, riptide

"Animal Farm" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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    General Commentall about the rejection of supposed "society" finding ones more base "animal" instincts and living on a farm. BRILLIANT!
    jkisauon May 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanything to do with George Orwell's book?
    J-Boxon December 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEven if it shares the same name as Orwell's novel, it seems to have no connection. If anything, the meaning is completely opposite. Orwell's novel uses the idea of animals on a farm rebelling as an allegory for the Bolshevik revolution. This song is about a human leading a happy, care-free life on a farm. And instead of rebelling, the animals are "playing" on this farm.
    airforbes1on January 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti couldnt love this song more than i do. its awesome
    jexxicaon April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRight on airforbes. The writer, Ray Davies, answers a question about the song by stating, "I like plain Janes" (kinks.it.rit.edu/misc/articles/…).
    miesterseanon July 03, 2008   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionLyric correction:

    And people are real people not just PLAIN
    cutterpanon January 22, 2011   Link
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    General CommentRay is surely one of the best lyric writers in history, man I would love to get inside his head... if only for a second. Really gets you thinking.
    Tricky1979on January 15, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song is Ray Davies' interpretation of society. When he sings "Girl, It's a hard, hard world, if it gets you down. Dreams often fade and die in a bad, bad world" he is referring to how many people never accomplish the things they want to in their lifetime because other people have put them down in the past.

    The other line that stands out to me is "people are real people not just plain" because it then goes on to say how "It's a quiet quiet life, by a dirty old shack: which, to me, means that most people are not "real people" (as Ray says) and are superficial and fake.

    This song has nothing to do with Orwell's work, even though he is a genius and his writing is amazing.
    riptideon April 24, 2016   Link

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