"Where Are They Now?" as written by and Davies....
I'll sing a song about some people you might know
They made front pages in the news not long ago
But now they're just part of a crowd
And I wonder where they all are now.

Where have all the swinging Londoners gone?
Ossie Clark and Mary Quant
And what of Christine Keeler,
John Stephen and Alvaro,
Where on earth did they all go?
Mr. Fish and Mr. Chow,
Yeah, I wonder where they all are now.

Where are all the teddy boys now?
Where are all the teddy boys now?
The brill cream boys with d.a.s,
Drainpipes and blue suedes,
Beatniks with long pullovers on,
And coffee bars and ban the bomb,
Yeah, where have all the teddy boys gone?
I hope that Arthur Seaton is alright.
I hope that Charlie Bubbles had a very pleasant flight,
And Jimmy Porter's learned to laugh and smile,
And Joe Lampton's learned to live a life of style.

Where are all the angry young men now?
Where are all the angry young men now?
Barstow and Osborne, Waterhouse and Sillitoe,
Where on earth did they all go?
And where are all the protest songs?
Yes, where have all the angry young men gone.

I wonder what became of all the rockers and the mods.
I hope they are making it and they've all got stead jobs,
Oh but rock and roll still lives on,
Yeah, rock and roll still lives on.


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    Song FactA splendid song of nostalgia sung by "The Tramp" (Ray Davies) in rockoperetta of The Kinks (somehow a slow-sad balance/contrast with other theme of Davies in rockey uptempo "Where Have All The Good Times Gone?").

    1)
    The list of names he recalls in the beginning are real cultural references which belonged to the SWINGING LONDON (a catch-all term applied to the fashion and cultural scene that flourished in London in the 1960s):

    *Ossie CLARK was a fashion designer of that time, as *Mary QUANT (London, Feb. 11 -1934) inventor of the mini-skirt.

    *Christine Margaret KEELER (22 February 1942) is an English former model and showgirl...that in December 1963 was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment.

    *John STEPHEN (August 28, 1934 – February 1, 2004), dubbed by the media "The £1m Mod" and "The King Of Carnaby Street", was one of the most important fashion figures of the 1960s. By 1967, he operated a chain of 15 shops on the thoroughfare in central London which he and boyfriend Bill Franks made the epicentre of *SWINGING LONDON: Carnaby Street.

    British fashion designer Michael CHIPS created the kipper-tie and dressed rock idols as David Bowie and Mick Jagger, in the mid 60s he opened his boutique in Picadilly, *MR. FISH by Clifford Street.

    Perhaps the *MR. CHOW of the song may be related to Michael Chow, son of Chinese Peking Opera Grand Master, Zhou Xinfang, opened the first *MR. CHOW bistro in Knightsbridge, London on February 14, 1968, since Davies is a fan of chinesse food.

    The name *BAN THE BOMB (1950s) may not be known but 90% of people will be aware that it is a symbol for peace and anti-war.

    2)
    Suddenly, The Tramp is sentimentally taken by his deep nostalgic memories so he starts to mix names of fictonal characters of drama and cinema as if they were real ones.


    *Arthur SEATON is a young 21 years old buddy working in a working man's club of Nottingham and enjoying a night out with Brenda, the wife of a colleague at work, as portrayed in the first novel by British author *Alan SILLITOE. "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" (adapted by the author into a 1960 film starring Albert Finney).

    *Charlie BUBBLES is a British film of 1967 starring Billie Whitelaw and Albert Finney, and also featuring a young Liza Minnelli. The film made great play of its Manchester setting, contrasting the return of its eponymous lead character, played by Finney to his home city after achieving success as a writer in London.

    Young *Jimmy PORTER is the main character in "Look Back in Anger", a theater play by John OSBORNE from 1956, which eventually was filmed in 1958 by actor Richard Burton.

    Famous as The TEDDY BOYS, The ROCKERS and THE MODS years later, were in Literature *The ANGRY YOUNG MEN: a group of mostly working and middle class British playwrights and novelists who became prominent in the 1950s. The group's leading members included Davie's names sung in "Where Are They Now?" in the role of The Tramp:

    *Stan BARSTOW, *John OSBORNE, *Keith WATERHOUSE & *SILLITOE.

    (This song is written almost in the same vein of "Hollywood Boulevard" by Mr. Ray Davies.)

    -roberto 111-
    roberto111on November 13, 2015   Link

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