A Well Respected Man by The Kinks

The Kinks

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

A Well Respected Man
Album: Kinda Kinks
Date: 1965
Genre: Rock

Written by Ray Davies, ‘A Well Respected Man’ was originally released in 1965 on the EP Kwyet Kinks in the UK and as a single in the US and Continental Europe. It remains one of the band’s most popular songs and is one of the four songs by The Kinks included on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll along with ‘You Really got Me,’ ‘Waterloo Sunset,’ an ‘Lola.’

Lyrics by Ray Davies

Cause he gets up in the morning,
And he goes to work at nine,
And he comes back home at five-thirty,
Gets the same train every time.
Cause his world is built round punctuality,
It never fails.
And hes oh, so good,
And hes oh, so fine,
And hes oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind.
Hes a well respected man about town,
Doing the best things so conservatively.
And his mother goes to meetings,
While his father pulls the maid,
And she stirs the tea with councilors,
While discussing foreign trade,
And she passes looks, as well as bills
At every suave young man
Cause hes oh, so good,
And hes oh, so fine,
And hes oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind.
Hes a well respected man about town,
Doing the best things so conservatively.
And he likes his own backyard,
And he likes his fags the best,
Cause hes better than the rest,
And his own sweat smells the best,
And he hopes to grab his fathers loot,
When pater passes on.
Cause hes oh, so good,
And hes oh, so fine,
And hes oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind.
Hes a well respected man about town,
Doing the best things so conservatively.
And he plays at stocks and shares,
And he goes to the regatta,
And he adores the girl next door,
Cause hes dying to get at her,
But his mother knows the best about
The matrimonial stakes.
Cause hes oh, so good,
And hes oh, so fine,
And hes oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind.
Hes a well respected man about town,
Doing the best things so conservatively

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