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Ray Davies: “Only people who know me would fully understand my lyrics”

Ray Davies: “Only people who know me would fully understand my lyrics”

Ray Davies reveals more about the hidden meanings in his lyrics in the latest Uncut, dated December 2013 and out now.

The Kinks frontman and songwriter explains some of the songs on the band’s reissued Muswell Hillbillies album, claiming that their exact meanings are sometimes hard for listeners to understand.

“A lot of inner messages are linked into the words,” Davies tells Uncut. “Only people who know me would fully understand them.”

Analysing lyrics from “Oklahoma USA”, Davies adds: “As she walks to the corner shop, she ‘walking on the surrey with the fringe on top’. “’The Surrey With The Fringe On Top’ is a song from Oklahoma!. It’s the song my sister, Rene, was dancing to [at the Lyceum in 1957] when she died.”

The latest issue of Uncut (dated December 2013) is out now.

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