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.

Trending Now

Pete Townshend looks back at The Who in 1967: “I don’t think I was angry”

Smashing guitars, hanging out with Small Faces and keeping Keith Moon onside

Mogwai: Album By Album

Founded in 1995 and initially a trio, Glasgow’s Mogwai made their debut with “Tuner/Lower”, a self-pressed seven-inch in thrall...

Introducing the new issue of Uncut

GETTING YOUR COPY OF THIS MONTH'S UNCUT DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR DOOR IS EASY AND HASSLE FREE - CLICK...

Introducing the Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide to Bob Marley

In-depths reviews and archive encounters with the reggae legend

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.


Advertisement

Latest Issue

The Who, New York Dolls, Fugazi, Peggy Seeger, Scritti Politti, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Serge Gainsbourg, Israel Nash and Valerie June
Advertisement

Features

Advertisement