"A Face In The Crowd" as written by and Ray Davies....
Our star doesn't know who he is any
More. is he the starmaker, the image
Maker, looking for material or is he
Just plain boring little norman after
All? perhaps he should accept that he
Is a plain ordinary bloke and not try to
Be something he is not.

A face in the crowd
I've got to stop faking it,
I've got to start facing it,
I'm going to take my final bow
Then I'm going to take my place in the crowd.
I know I'll get used to it,
I've got to stop acting like a clown.

I've gotta start facing up to what I really am.
I've got to realize I'm just an ordinary man.
I think that I'll just settle down
And take my place in the crowd.
I don't want to lie to myself any more.

Am I just a face in the crowd, is that all I'll ever be?
Don't want to be anything that isn't really me.
Mister, can you tell me who I am?
Do you think I stand out
Or am I just a face in the crowd?

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"A Face in the Crowd" as written by Ray Davies

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    General CommentPretty straight forward.

    Are you like the rest, or better than the best? Are you really you? Or are you trying to be someone else?

    Be yourself.
    TehGreatMutatoon April 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis track is a great addition to The Kink's album Soap Opera. The whole album tells the story of the star-maker: a famous artist who lives a life of glamour and then switches places with Norman, a typical working class man, to gather information for his songs. Ironically, Norman becomes more famous that the starmaker was, leaving the starmaker left uncertain about his identity. He is only an ordinary man now.
    EmmaBon January 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe starmaker is no longer sure who he is anymore...

    Is he the magical Starmaker that has done his research so well, that he no longer can seperate with his persona?

    Is he Norman, an ordinary man so sick and tired of his ordinary life, that he has invented this Starmaker persona?

    It seems it doesn't matter much to him anymore.

    An arrogance that high, in any case, it was bound to drop with the reality of Norman's life.

    Raveonon May 26, 2013   Link

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