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The Village Green Preservation Society
The Kinks Lyrics


We are the Village Green Preservation Society
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety
We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society
God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties

Preserving the old ways from being abused
Protecting the new ways, for me and for you
What more can we do?

We are the Draught Beer Preservation Society
God save Mrs. Mopp and good old Mother Riley
We are the Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium
God save the George Cross, and all those who were awarded them

Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh

We are the Sherlock Holmes English-speaking Vernacular
God save Fu Manchu, Moriarty and Dracula
We are the Office Block Persecution Affinity
God save little shops, china cups, and virginity
We are the Skyscraper Condemnation Affiliates
God save Tudor houses, antique tables, and billiards

Preserving the old ways from being abused
Protecting the new ways, for me and for you
What more can we do?

We are the Village Green Preservation Society
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety
We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society
God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties

We are the Village Green Preservation Society
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety
We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety

God save the Village Green!

Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: RAYMOND DOUGLAS DAVIES

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CatPianoClassics

We must deal with those who decide to thumbs this video down... For the greater good.

Scott Connor

The greater good, The greater good!

daft wod

God save the dislike button

Lauren Gabriel

The greater good!

Dr. Kleiner

The greater good.

JL Magoya

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Nate Kang

This album as a whole is a masterpiece

Suh Synched

Ray unapologetically restoring a slice of Britannia lost on so many at the time. When Stones were signing about sympathy and Beatles signing about revolution. Ray gifted you Village Green.

baxtronic xavier

There is a hint of irony but ultimately it is a huge celebration. ☺️

MinesAGuinness

Whilst also agreeing that this is a wonderful slice of British nostalgia, I'd have to dissent from your observation in some areas and suggest that things were much less clear cut at that time. 'Revolution' in particular is specifically and overtly about questioning the concept of revolutions, especially of the violent, personality cult, and psychedelic kinds. It has far more in common with this song than at first might appear. And for all that they hankered for the sounds of blues and soul, and cultivated an image of disreputableness, I don't think that either the Stones or any other product of the mod culture of that era every truly abandoned or escaped a distinct sense of nostalgic Britishness. Historically for a few decades, people tended to massively overplay the counter-cultural aspect of that era, in popular recollection and their own telling. Ironically, we now start to see people who were there at the time begin to underplay the zest for change and new ways of doing things within that traditional culture. Some go so far today as to imply that they somehow should inherit the honour deserving of the work of their own parents in fighting the Second World War, whilst having in fact spend their youth scandalising that generation. Whilst it has lots of sincere love for the things of the past mentioned, the 'village green' of the Kinks is not exactly the same village green that their parents and grandparents would have known or wanted. Similar combinations of nostalgia mixed with notions of change are common, and it is not always clear in which direction the emphasis truly lies. If you go looking for it, for an example, Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd were as prone to describing scenes of English tranquillity, for all their psychedelism. TV shows such as The Prisoner employ quintessential traditional locations and iconography whilst positing challenging questions about the status quo of the time.

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