"Sunny Afternoon" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
The tax man's taken all my dough
And left me in my stately home
Lazing on a sunny afternoon
And I can't sail my yacht
He's taken everything I got
All I've got's this sunny afternoon

Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze
I gotta big fat mama trying to break me
And I love to live so pleasantly
Live this life of luxury
Lazing on a sunny afternoon
In the summertime
In the summertime
In the summertime

My girlfriend's run off with my car
And gone back to her ma and pa
Telling tails of drunkenness and cruelty
Now I'm sitting here
Sipping at my ice cold beer
Lazing on a sunny afternoon

Help me, help me, help me sail away
Well give me two good reasons why I oughta stay
'Cause I love to live so pleasantly
Live this life of luxury
Lazing on a sunny afternoon
In the summertime
In the summertime
In the summertime

Ah, save me, save me, save me from this squeeze
I gotta big fat mama trying to break me
And I love to live so pleasantly
Live this life of luxury
Lazing on a sunny afternoon
In the summertime
In the summertime
In the summertime
In the summertime
In the summertime


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"Sunny Afternoon" as written by Ray Davies

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  • +7
    General CommentWhy no comments on "Sunny Afternoon"? It's a classic! there doesn't seem to be much love in general for the kinks on this site, based on the low number of comments. More people should be listening to the kinks! This song is a perfect example of why - lashing out at the tax system while telling the story of a man who refuses to give up his luxuries, despite his lack of money.
    a10dency2askon December 31, 2004   Link
  • +7
    General CommentIf The Beatles had done this, the world would be humming its tune.
    BoHoon February 06, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General CommentFirst poster is right... Why do the Kinks get such little love on this site? I'd say the Beatles are overall a better band but come on the Kinks rock!
    ed.bk84on May 09, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Commentholy shit i always thought Ray was saying "blazing" as is smoking weed instead of lazing
    jtucker7on April 28, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think the interpretation above is missing out on the satire in this song -- rather then sympathizing with the "rich" who are being taxed it is lampooning them. They have been taxed so much that they can't sail their yachts anymore, and all they have to do is laze around on a sunny afternoon. Poor them!
    agawlbbon January 29, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat a wonderfully libertarian song...
    ok_gamecockon April 30, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEven though it is often touted as a "libertarian anthem," I take issue with that notion. This song is poking fun at the "poor little rich boy" attitude. The Kinks always struck me as artists who could complain about something while at the same time making fun of such complaint through song. If anything, it sounds like it could have been based on a news story about a rich man who got busted trying to evade taxes and the government is collecting its due while he refuses to acknowledge what's really going on.
    gregorybrianon July 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is a great song... I especially love the minor sound to it, the mysterious tone.
    Buddha of Suburbiaon April 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHaha, I always thought the line that said, "sipping on my ice cold beer" was, "sipping on my high school beer." lol I always wondered what that was...
    *Rainbow*Diva*on July 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the way Davies' voice sounds in this song. It greatly contributes to the mood of the song.

    Such a great song!
    Drdestructoon August 30, 2006   Link

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