Lola by The Kinks

Dedicated with love to my GG xx

Formed in London in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies, the Kinks are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s. Emerging from the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, they were briefly part of the British Invasion of the United States. Influenced by a wide range of genres they gained a reputation for reflecting the English culture and lifestyle.

‘Lola’, written by Ray Davies for The Kinks’ album ‘Lola Versus Powerman and the Merrygoround’. The song details the romantic encounter between a young man and a trans woman. Due to its controversial subject matter and the use of the brand name ‘Coca-Cola’ it was banned in Britain and Australia. ‘Lola’ has since become one of The Kinks’ most iconic and popular songs ranking 422 on ‘Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time’.

Lola by The Kinks Lyrics

I met her in a club down in old Soho
Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like
Coca Cola
C-O-L-A Cola
She walked up to me and she asked me to dance
I asked her 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 walked like a woman but talked 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
She 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
Then 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’d left home just a week before
And I’d never ever kissed a woman before
But Lola smiled and took me by the hand
She 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

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