"Lola" as written by and Raymond Douglas/hougesen Davies....
I met her in a club down in North Soho
Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry cola
C-O-L-A cola

She walked up to me and she asked me to dance
I asked her name and in a dark brown voice she said, "Lola"
L-O-L-A Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola

Well, I'm not the world's most physical guy
But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine
Oh my Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola

Well, I'm not dumb but I can't understand
Why she walk like a woman and talk like a man
Oh my Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola

Well, we drank champagne and danced all night
Under electric candlelight
She picked me up and sat me on her knee
And said, "Little boy won't you come home with me?"

Well, I'm not the world's most passionate guy
But when I looked in her eyes
Well, I almost fell for my Lola
Lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola

Lola lo lo lo lo Lola lo lo lo lo Lola

I pushed her away, I walked to the door
I fell to the floor, I got down on my knees
I looked at her, and she at me

Well that's the way that I want it to stay
And I always want it to be that way for my Lola
Lo lo lo lo Lola

Girls will be boys, and boys will be girls
It's a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world
Except for Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola

Well I left home just a week before
And I've never ever kissed a woman before
But Lola smiled and took me by the hand
And said, "Little boy, gonna make you a man"

Well I'm not the world's most masculine man
But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man
And so is Lola
Lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola

Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola
Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola
Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola
Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola
Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola
Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola...


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"Lola" as written by Ray Davies

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  • +8
    General CommentThis song is much more than just a humorous tale of gender confusion. Remember that the album (lola vs powerman the moneygoround) is a concept album that tells a story about a young singer and his raise to fame and struggles with the music industry. Very critical of the business, the media, the fans, etc. This particular track comes right after "Get Back in Line" - a song about being poor and in the welfare line, the only way out being the 'union man', to follow certain rules and join the system, to forget about being an artist and just doing what the businessmen say. The song after "Lola", 'Top of the Pops' is about how he finally did it, he has a pop single and now he can make lots of money now.

    So, the deeper meaning of Lola should become obvious. The song itself brought the Kinks back into popularity and was a huge successful single. In the story of the album, this is also the case. This is the song that the hero writes that finally gets him some money as mentioned in 'top of the pops', because it's a pop song about love with a sing-along chorus and it's exactly what they want. Ray Davies is basically jerking us all around, it's like we are not just listening to the song like any other song, we are listening to the song being played on a jukebox in the fictional world of the album. you dig?

    There is another layer as well. Lola in the song isn't an actual person, it is a representation of the music business. It will look all friendly and female and sexy and enticing, get you drunk on champaigne and say it will "make you a man" ahem...but in reality it's all an illusion, its' a devious man pulling strings and pushing you around and forcing you to your knees. And if you do what he says, he'll make you a star.
    enjoymywaffleson August 03, 2005   Link
  • +7
    General CommentOne of my friends noticed this today while borrowing the Spanish room for one of our classes...

    lo (masculine)
    la (feminine)
    xbizzyxon April 29, 2008   Link
  • +5
    General Comment"I pushed her away. I walked to the door.
    I fell to the floor. I got down on my knees.
    I looked at her, and she at me.

    Well that's the way that I want it to stay.
    I always want it to be that way for my Lola.
    Lo lo lo Lola.
    "

    He thinks its a woman and this part is when he realises it isn't and freaks out. Thats the way I always interpreted it anyway. but I'm sure the guy has no clue up until that point. All the lyrics depict him as seriously naive
    bongoon May 17, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti love this song its forever a drunken favorite, and the lyrics are so clever
    Niamon June 25, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI don't think people appreciate the full brilliance of this song.

    Yes, it's a fun reveal about a romance with a transvestite, but there's so much more to it than that. The rest of "Lola Vs. Powerman and the Money-go-Round" is all about pre- and post-stardom life ("Get Back in Line" vs. "This Time Tomorrow"). It's all about playing and trying to make a hit...and Lola just happens to be that hit. The next song is "Top of the Pops," indicating The Kinks KNEW "Lola" would be huge, because it's the point at which the album turns, from pre-fame angst to fun of making it.

    They set up "Lola" to be huge, and it was. The Kinks pulled one over on us.
    switcherooon January 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is the best. my favorite line is "i'm not dumb but i can't understand why she walks like a woman and talks like a man"... it's so funny!
    amilaon July 19, 2002   Link
  • +2
    Memorythere is a total redneck kid who is all man and one day he walked into class singing this song and the teacher just gave him the oddest look and asked if he knew what it was about.. he had no clue so when she explained it his whole jaw dropped off, it was hilarious! he hasnt sang since... :]
    caileybirdon December 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song truly kicks ass. It is by far one of the greastest ever....But does anyone know if he actualy figures out if the "women" is a man?!
    teliphtheron June 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn an interview with Dave Davies, member of the Kinks, when Johnny Rogan says "The major revelation in the book is your bisexuality in the '60's."

    He responds

    "It doesn't seem strange to me. It was the times. The pop world was show business - and there's always been a homosexual element there. I just thought, Oh, I'll try this out. I didn't feel any qualms about it. It all seemed experimental and fun. I almost did it as an act of rebellion."

    His brother Ray Davies, who wrote Lola, was definetly homosexual or at least bisexual too.
    Siege1386on May 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti have never read so much rubbish. firstly, there are a numbe rof mistakes in the lyrics not just the glad, that problem. secondly whoever suggested it was soho in new york, wot r u on, the kinks were banned from america for several reasons and so it is very unlikely they would sing about the country that stopped them from being bigger than the beatles (or even jesus lol), they were the original brit pop. the worst mistake of all though is all these theories tht lola was a woman etc. any real fan would know hat it is actually a true story, it happened to ray davies in soho in LONDON, he has said this in his autobiography and in various other places, lola was a transvesdite, and yes he did fall for her, to find out what happened after listen to destroyer by the kinks, htis is a revisit to lola and tells the nxt chapter of ray davies night. the suggestion that ray and dave davies were gay/bisexual is a misconception, thye did dabble and experiment, but that is what the times were like, they are both predominantly attracted to women.
    middo88on July 15, 2006   Link

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