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The Kinks — Waterloo Sunset
Album: Something Else By the Kinks
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Released: 1967
Length: 3:11
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Dirty old river, must you keep rolling, flowing into the night?
People so busy, make me feel dizzy, taxi light shines so bright
But I don't need no friends
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset, I am in paradise

(Sha-la-la) Every day I look at the world from my window
(Sha-la-la) But chilly, chilly is the evening time
Waterloo sunset's fine (Waterloo sunset's fine)

Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station, every Friday night
But I am so lazy, don't want to wander, I stay at home at night
But I don't feel afraid
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset, I am in paradise

(Sha-la-la) Every day I look at the world from my window
(Sha-la-la) But chilly, chilly is the evening time
Waterloo sunset's fine (Waterloo sunset's fine)

Millions of people swarming like flies 'round Waterloo underground
But Terry and Julie cross over the river where they feel safe and sound
And they don't, need no friends
As long as they gaze on Waterloo sunset they are in paradise

Waterloo sunset's fine
Waterloo sunset's fine
Waterloo sunset's fine
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Kink on. 👍👍👍
 ziakut wrote:

The line...'strolling along....' from the Neil Sedaka tune...totally has the same sound in the verse in this tune. I hear it...you're not crazy. 
 
Is  Neil a Kinks fan? Perhaps he also enjoyed the song. It's a great song.

I don't feel afraid as long as I listen to Waterloo Sunset on Radio Paradise
 Hendon2 wrote:

Video is now blocked by the IOC.....   
 

Shhh...F#%^ the IOC...We want our Kinks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxCVveEMK3Q
One of the more under appreciated groups of the 60's.
I saw them perform their "Soap Opera" in a NYC theater sometime around early 70's.
It was a "Tommy" knock-off but done well by the Kinks live.
 pfreet wrote:
I was fortunate to see the BBC coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony and saw Ray Davies perform this song beautifully. Maybe the highlight of the closing ceremonies. In the USA, NBC, who were showing the event on delay, decided to skip this to squeeze in another commercial. Terrible.

Here is a poor quality video that might give you an idea of how it went: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_HXRl8F6Mk Maybe someone can find a better quality version.

 
Video is now blocked by the IOC.....   
Perfect Bill. Follow “Werewolves of London” with The Kinks. Because Jolly Old England.
I heard this a few times in the past, I always thought it's by Paul McCartney and he is the lead vocalist ... , now I know better ...
Taking me back to my childhood, great tune 10/10 
Love this! Thanks for playing!
 skindy wrote:
I finally traveled to London for the first time last year... twice, in fact. I made sure to go to Waterloo Station (and Waterloo Underground) for no other reason than this song. Which played in my head over and over the whole time I was there. This was already one of my top 3 Kinks songs since it's just so beautiful, well-constructed, and well-executed... but just being in the very location elevated it to my absolute fave. Happy, happy, happy. {#Cheesygrin} {#Hearteyes}

 
Now go back visit Victoria Station (and Victoria Underground) and play Victoria in your head. {#Cheers}
Love this song.
I finally traveled to London for the first time last year... twice, in fact. I made sure to go to Waterloo Station (and Waterloo Underground) for no other reason than this song. Which played in my head over and over the whole time I was there. This was already one of my top 3 Kinks songs since it's just so beautiful, well-constructed, and well-executed... but just being in the very location elevated it to my absolute fave. Happy, happy, happy. {#Cheesygrin} {#Hearteyes}
 Proclivities wrote:

"Admitted to liking ABBA"?  Hundreds of millions of people like them.  I'm not surprised that Steven Wilson liked their music; Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, and many other musicians and composers liked their music as well.  Anyhow, I'm not sure why you're pursuing this "ABBA cover" thing, but carry on.

 
Nicely put Proclivities!

Yes, my bad.  No ABBA cover of this song...... 
 ladybinnath wrote:

I can only hope that this is merely snark and you don't really think Abba's Waterloo is a "version" of this...

 
Right.  My screw up.  Disculpame.  
 trevc wrote:

Abba never covered this song.

 
Right you are trevc.  I have no idea what I was thinking of that day.  Oops....
 westslope wrote:

Yes, it is a cover.  And, to repeat, I do like the Abba version.

Elsewhere, and quite by coincidence, Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame has admitted to liking Abba.   I seem to recall that he listened to Abba as much as he listened to Pink Floyd.

Besides, I reckon that well done covers are flattering for the original song writers. 

———————

For the dumbfounded and mildly curious, I have this Kinks song rated a 9. 

 
Abba never covered this song.
I was fortunate to see the BBC coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony and saw Ray Davies perform this song beautifully. Maybe the highlight of the closing ceremonies. In the USA, NBC, who were showing the event on delay, decided to skip this to squeeze in another commercial. Terrible.

Here is a poor quality video that might give you an idea of how it went: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_HXRl8F6Mk Maybe someone can find a better quality version.

great stuff and still stands up !
 TerryS wrote:
Fighting with your brother on stage is wont to make show bookers look elsewhere. Pretty much zilched their US prospects.
Only Keef is allowed to face punch his mate on stage  and get away with it. 
Ask Gallagher. 

 
There US prospects were not zilched by any in-fighting in the band.  They were zilched by the powerful American musicians union (who called them Commie, Limey, bastards) banning them from performing for 4 long years from 1966-1970, when the band was at its peak.  The more you know...

Fortunately, anyone who knows anything about the Kinks knows that their US "prospects" were merely deferred.  The release of Lola and a string of hits in the 70's lead to huge US tours in the late 70's and on thru the 80's.
“That ridiculous ban took away the best years of the Kinks’ career when the original band was performing at its peak.”

Read More: Brawls and Bans: The History of the Kinks' Struggles in America | https://ultimateclassicrock.com/kinks-in-america/?trackback=tsmclip
Ray Davies said. “That ridiculous ban took away the best years of the Kinks’ career when the original band was performing at its peak.”

Read More: Brawls and Bans: The History of the Kinks' Struggles in America | https://ultimateclassicrock.com/kinks-in-america/?trackback=tsmclip
Ray Davies said. “That ridiculous ban took away the best years of the Kinks’ career when the original band was performing at its peak.”

Read More: Brawls and Bans: The History of the Kinks' Struggles in America | https://ultimateclassicrock.com/kinks-in-america/?trackback=tsmclip

 R_P wrote: 
^ Thank you for that! {#Hug}
How we made Waterloo Sunset
 westslope wrote:

Yes, it is a cover.  And, to repeat, I do like the Abba version.

Elsewhere, and quite by coincidence, Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame has admitted to liking Abba.   I seem to recall that he listened to Abba as much as he listened to Pink Floyd.

Besides, I reckon that well done covers are flattering for the original song writers. 

———————

For the dumbfounded and mildly curious, I have this Kinks song rated a 9. 

 
"Admitted to liking ABBA"?  Hundreds of millions of people like them.  I'm not surprised that Steven Wilson liked their music; Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, and many other musicians and composers liked their music as well.  Anyhow, I'm not sure why you're pursuing this "ABBA cover" thing, but carry on.
 allmodcons wrote:
It doesn't get better!

 

Yes it does!  We could be hearing this on RP, if THE JAM SONG ROSTER EVER GETS EXPANDED:


I am in paradise...
Fighting with your brother on stage is wont to make show bookers look elsewhere. Pretty much zilched their US prospects.
Only Keef is allowed to face punch his mate on stage  and get away with it. 
Ask Gallagher. 

The Kinks are the bastard stepsons of the British invasion.

Incredibly talented, they released a steady stream of albums and scored a number of hits but never received the adulation of The Beatles or the Stones.

It’s not their looks: they’re at least as ugly as the Glimmer Twins (and the Golem known as Bill Wyman).

Was it their lo-fi production values? Too much filler on their albums?

Who knows, but we’re left with great music.

This is one of their best.  Lonesome lyrics and intricate chord structure create a folk meets rock meets Fleet Street mash up.

More at https://wdavradio.wordpress.com/


It doesn't get better!
 westslope wrote:

Yes, it is a cover.  And, to repeat, I do like the Abba version.

Elsewhere, and quite by coincidence, Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame has admitted to liking Abba.   I seem to recall that he listened to Abba as much as he listened to Pink Floyd.

Besides, I reckon that well done covers are flattering for the original song writers. 

———————

For the dumbfounded and mildly curious, I have this Kinks song rated a 9. 

 
heh
 ladybinnath wrote:

I can only hope that this is merely snark and you don't really think Abba's Waterloo is a "version" of this...

 
Yes, it is a cover.  And, to repeat, I do like the Abba version.

Elsewhere, and quite by coincidence, Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame has admitted to liking Abba.   I seem to recall that he listened to Abba as much as he listened to Pink Floyd.

Besides, I reckon that well done covers are flattering for the original song writers. 

———————

For the dumbfounded and mildly curious, I have this Kinks song rated a 9. 
A few weeks ago I had to visit London and while walking by the south bank I could only hear this song on my mind!
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Love the song, an all-time great....
But was at something recently where Ray Davies was being interviewed (by Julian Temple, who has made a biopic of RD) and what a grumpy old misery-guts he is!  Best left as an icon...    

 
Yeah... his life has just been a walk in the park.  Maybe you should read the biopic.  Best honor RD while we still can.

Best boy wonder grow up...
Perfect timing. 
Maybe the best of the Kinks (in my humble opinion!). Quite a delicate and sweet piece.
10
Love the song, an all-time great....


But was at something recently where Ray Davies was being interviewed (by Julian Temple, who has made a biopic of RD) and what a grumpy old misery-guts he is!  Best left as an icon...    
Hearing this a lot... too much I think
Incredibly beautiful song.
It was wintertime and I was in seventh grade and I hated everything.  Then I heard this one morning and things got a little better.
Ray, you are just the greatest. 
PERFECT POPSONG!
 westslope wrote:

Lovely.

 

Though, if pushed, I'll admit that I prefer the Abba version......



 
I can only hope that this is merely snark and you don't really think Abba's Waterloo is a "version" of this...
{#Bananapiano} The best pop song ever - as good as it gets 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OHHH, how I love The Kinks.  Ray Davies, will you marry me?  (pleeeease? {#Daisy} )
 drife wrote:
Abba, who is Abba?
 
He's got brothers named Dabba and Doo.  I think they're related to Fred Flintstone.
westslope wrote:

Lovely.

 

Though, if pushed, I'll admit that I prefer the Abba version......

 
Cathy Dennis does a really nice cover of this song.
Beatle-esque. Pleasant.
9+
This is now a lead song for the Musical 'thrust' of "London 2012" or "The City of 2012" on the BBC at least.
 westslope wrote:

Lovely.

 

Though, if pushed, I'll admit that I prefer the Abba version......

 
Abba, who is Abba?
One such song and your reputation as songwriter is established. Fantastic, still.
This song is concentrated the whole of rock music, all of 60 -70 years ! Greatest, greatest song !!
 westslope wrote:

Lovely.

 

Though, if pushed, I'll admit that I prefer the Abba version......

 
I'd be happy to push you. Off a cliff.
 nagsheadlocal wrote:

Oh, gosh, I lived just upriver from the Albert Bridge and used to sit in my (cold, damp) flat and watch the sun go down over Battersea. For a town with such frequent dirty weather, the sunsets were often spectacular.
 
That'll likely be because of the dirty weather, or more accurately the London pollution putting scads of dust particles into the air which usually deepens sunsets.

 westslope wrote:

Lovely.

 

Though, if pushed, I'll admit that I prefer the Abba version......


 
Nobody will push. I promise.

Lovely.

 

Though, if pushed, I'll admit that I prefer the Abba version......

Not sure what I was thinking of......  
One of my favs!!!!
Top 5 all time fer moi.
Sounds very fresh today. Great stuff!
 haresfur wrote:
I remember crossing over the river from Waterloo to Charing Cross at sunset to save a few p. on the tube.

 
Oh, gosh, I lived just upriver from the Albert Bridge and used to sit in my (cold, damp) flat and watch the sun go down over Battersea. For a town with such frequent dirty weather, the sunsets were often spectacular.
 Stefen wrote:
I gather I'm way out of sync with most RP listeners.  I didn't like this song when it came out, and I still don't.  Somehow the sound just grates me.
 
Perhaps you're not. 
 
RP has a LOT of listeners.  (See "Who's Listening Where" on the main page.)  Most of us practice something my grandmother taught me:  "If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything."  So I won't say anything about this song.

 Propayne wrote:
One of the most beautiful songs every written IMHO.
 

Certainly one of my very favorite pop songs of all time. 
 SinisterDexter wrote:
Am I the only one that hears Neil Sedaka's "Laughter In The Rain?"  You know....

"Oo, I hear laughter in the rain
Walking hand in hand with the one I love..."

I am?  OK, nevermind.
 
The line...'strolling along....' from the Neil Sedaka tune...totally has the same sound in the verse in this tune. I hear it...you're not crazy. 
_Very very nice!
 Proclivities wrote:

I don't hear that - thankfully.  However, this song was composed and released well before Mr. Sedaka's heartfelt ode to precipitation-defying frivolity.
 


The Kinks can do no wrong imo.
 SinisterDexter wrote:
Am I the only one that hears Neil Sedaka's "Laughter In The Rain?"  You know....

"Oo, I hear laughter in the rain
Walking hand in hand with the one I love..."

I am?  OK, nevermind.
 

Yes, you are!

The Kinks suck! I really like this song.{#Clap} 8
WOOOOONDERFUL!!!!!
 SinisterDexter wrote:
Am I the only one that hears Neil Sedaka's "Laughter In The Rain?"  You know....

"Oo, I hear laughter in the rain
Walking hand in hand with the one I love..."

I am?  OK, nevermind.
 
I don't hear that - thankfully.  However, this song was composed and released well before Mr. Sedaka's heartfelt ode to precipitation-defying frivolity.


I remember crossing over the river from Waterloo to Charing Cross at sunset to save a few p. on the tube.

Claude Monet: Charring Cross Bridge


Their lyrics have always been great, but Ray's voice even sounds kinky. Glad he is still around.
 SinisterDexter wrote:
Am I the only one that hears Neil Sedaka's "Laughter In The Rain?"  You know....

"Oo, I hear laughter in the rain
Walking hand in hand with the one I love..."

I am?  OK, nevermind.
 
No, you aren't.

Am I the only one that hears Neil Sedaka's "Laughter In The Rain?"  You know....

"Oo, I hear laughter in the rain
Walking hand in hand with the one I love..."

I am?  OK, nevermind.
Agreed 
Propayne wrote:
One of the most beautiful songs every written IMHO.
 


The engineering and effects on this '60s song are excellent. Ahead of it's time? Knew it was good when all I could hear were my bad speakers, now I know how good it is.
Always dug this song.  This and Sunny Afternoon were two of the best songs being played on the radio at the time.  I think this was associated with Julie Christie and one of her movies at the time.
One of the most beautiful songs every written IMHO.
 Stefen wrote:
I gather I'm way out of sync with most RP listeners.  I didn't like this song when it came out, and I still don't.  Somehow the sound just grates me.
 
ditto.
The Kinks,what can I say,ingenious,melodic,rocking,fabulos lyrics? Nah,,
that sounds to much,,They Rock !,,will do it !{#Yes}

California Raining {#Arrow} London Rain {#Arrow} Waterloo Sunset

Nice one, Bill!

Listen closely; this is a love song. Terry and Julie are just fine.


I gather I'm way out of sync with most RP listeners.  I didn't like this song when it came out, and I still don't.  Somehow the sound just grates me.
Ahhh, this has that old school stereo separation. Ray Davies sounds so far away. Wait, now he's sitting right beside me! Drat, he's far away again.

LOVE the KINKS {#Dancingbanana_2}
Absolute classic.
The tones and pitch elicit a new rising golden era of british rock.
Also captures the feel of a place in time...as all great songs do. 
 lumper5 wrote:
If not the best song of the RNR era, it's in the Top 5.

 
Me too, what you said. God save The Kinks! {#Cheers}
Who here remembers Waterloo Sunset Records and Tapes in Pembrooke Pines, FL?  Not a soul I bet. It was a record store I opened with 2 friends ages ago and we named it after this song.  We weren't business people, the store failed spectacularily, but the song is still as moving now as it was then. 
Just another reminder to myself that I really, really need to replace that "Best of Kinks" recording I had over 20 years ago with tons and tons of this vintage stuff from their early era. Good stuff.
LOVE IT
If not the best song of the RNR era, it's in the Top 5.

wooooohoooo!!!
It took me a long time to figure out these guys were WAYYYY ahead of their time.  Now I've figured it out I can listen to them for hours.  Nice play.
The Kinks actually did a few other songs besides this one... yes, I saw Darjeeling Limited a few weeks ago, and the use of "Strangers" in that movie was outstanding. That was the first time I'd heard that song, but it's simultaneously predictable and unpredictable. Anyway, you can find it on YouTube if you look. Great song. Great band.
Emmmmm. Sha, la, la.
Paul_in_Australia wrote:
I have to bite on this, because your comment raises a number of issues. 1 Is the judgement of middle America compatible with being 'respected' -especially artistically? As an example Elvis Presley won the affection of a million matrons by abandoning rock and roll and crooning schmaltzy ballads and appearing in B movies. He might have been 'huge' and made Col Parker lots of money, but at what price in terms of artistic integrity?
Maybe it was a sellout, or maybe Elvis' fans grew older as he did. Musical tastes change. Those affectionate matrons were his teenage fans back in his rock and roll days in the '50s. The B movies were all made when he was young and still R&Ring.
Pharlap wrote:
too bad they got into some problem with US immigration back in the sixties. They would have been huge instead of "respected"
They were huge in my book, and to most everyone I knew.
This is simply one of the best songs ever written. period.
To be clear, it's an excellent tune. But I'll stop there.
Pharlap wrote:
too bad they got into some problem with US immigration back in the sixties. They would have been huge instead of "respected"
I have to bite on this, because your comment raises a number of issues. 1 Is the judgement of middle America compatible with being 'respected' -especially artistically? As an example Elvis Presley won the affection of a million matrons by abandoning rock and roll and crooning schmaltzy ballads and appearing in B movies. He might have been 'huge' and made Col Parker lots of money, but at what price in terms of artistic integrity? 2 Wouldn't the Americans have insisted upon 'Grand Central Station Sunset' or some other paean to ethnocentricity? 3 Given your screen-name, can I mention Joe Dolce to you? 4 Where is the musical centre of the world right now, do you think? Ok, where was it in 1967? 5 Mariah Carey ? Puff Daddy? Britney Spears? Beyonce? Eminem? 6 Like Gianni Versace and John Lennon, Ray Davies was shot while in America. Unlike those two, he survived. Perhaps we were all blessed by US immigration?
too bad they got into some problem with US immigration back in the sixties. They would have been huge instead of "respected"
Fenderbelly_Bodine wrote:
best. song. in history. ever.
ummmmmmm...... :taped-shut:
NewHorizons wrote:
Now I know where Peter Frampton got his opening riff for "Do You Feel Like We Do?"
now I know why I sat up upon hearing this and asked myself where I had heard that riff before??
So evocative of the UK at the time of release, a piece of genius.
Rickvee wrote:
Quite simply one of the greatest pop tunes ever written.
Ditto.
The Kinks actually did a few other songs besides this one... :smile:
Rickvee wrote:
Quite simply one of the greatest pop tunes ever written. Definite 10.
I totally agree.
Quite simply one of the greatest pop tunes ever written. Definite 10.
Pazzat wrote:
I'm always intrigued about how well The Kinks translated to the USA. So many of their songs have specifically English themes and illustrations: Waterloo station, dance halls and car parks, seaside holidays, and, in the case of The Village Green Preservation Society, whole swathes of English heritage. Did this ever hinder their popularity in the USA?
Doesn't that add to the richness, though? You may not completely understand the reference but you get the point. To paraphrase Alan Moore "When I read American comic-books in the 50's, I didn't have to understand who Benedict Arnold was to get that Superboy was being insulted."
Wow, the very first part of the opening has shades of Eye Of The Tiger. Scary. Beatles-esque, specifically John Lennon, but yet a bit Kinks-like. I know, what does it matter.
As great as Bowie is.....he can't touch the original -a classic 10
Pazzat wrote:
I'm always intrigued about how well The Kinks translated to the USA. So many of their songs have specifically English themes and illustrations: Waterloo station, dance halls and car parks, seaside holidays, and, in the case of The Village Green Preservation Society, whole swathes of English heritage. Did this ever hinder their popularity in the USA?
A lot of us are well acquainted with England and English themes, having been stationed there while in the military. And a lot of Americans have visited Britain as tourists. I myself went to school at a Royal Army post in Munster, Germany back in the 60's (Sherwood Foresters and 10th Royal Hussars). I think about those times with my British school mates whenever I hear the Kinks, Beatles and early Stones.
Thanks R.P. for playing this great old classic. Never get tired of it.
CanuckBeaker wrote:
Wonderful tune. Yet I keep expecting to hear Bowie jump in, take the mike and kick the track up a notch. Bowie's take is great, and the original is every bit as deserving. :clap:
Agree - the Bowie version is a great (and to my tastes, better) take on this song.
quote: Beatles-esque? It sounds just like them! All the way down to the vocals! end-quote ==================================================== Sorry, but you make me smile! While you're somehow right, that the sound is a bit beatlesque, but the vocals...?? What Beatle? John? Paul? George even? Or, smiling, Ringo...? Nobody sounds like Ray Davis, not even brother Dave! Stingray!
Very-very-very good! Still fresh 40 years later, sha-la-la.... Stingray!
tesserakt wrote:
It's very Beatles-esque!
Beatles-esque? It sounds just like them! All the way down to the vocals!
Pazzat wrote:
I'm always intrigued about how well The Kinks translated to the USA. So many of their songs have specifically English themes and illustrations: Waterloo station, dance halls and car parks, seaside holidays, and, in the case of The Village Green Preservation Society, whole swathes of English heritage. Did this ever hinder their popularity in the USA?
The English themes were quite trendy in the wake of the British Invasion. So, no, the references didn't temper the success of The Kinks at all. If anything, the inconsistancy of their live shows undermined success of the great albums. There were reports of drunken bickering and temper tantrums onstage during the US tours. Ultimately, we're left with an incredible number of great albums and songs that are still gaining exposure to newer generations due to the brilliant writing of Ray Davies. Songs used today in tv commercials, like I'm Not Like Everybody Else and Picture Book are bringing new interest to The Kinks' catalog much like commercial use of Pink Moon brought a new wave of fans to Nick Drake. Long live The Kinks, and may RP keep sharing their music in new ears forever.
I'm always intrigued about how well The Kinks translated to the USA. So many of their songs have specifically English themes and illustrations: Waterloo station, dance halls and car parks, seaside holidays, and, in the case of The Village Green Preservation Society, whole swathes of English heritage. Did this ever hinder their popularity in the USA?
:bounce: :jump: :mrgreen: :bounce: :jump: :mrgreen: :bounce: :jump: :mrgreen: More KINKS, please!
What a wonderful song...this is what Crowded House and Squeeze and scads of others were no doubt seeing music like when they did their thing with it. Rarely done better than this perfect gem, though...