“Waterloo Sunset” by The Kinks

Song of the Day

August 29, 2017

Written by Ray Davies
Produced by Ray Davies
Recorded at Pye Studios in London, 1967
Released on the album Something Else by The Kinks in September 1967

“Waterloo Sunset” is a ballad dedicated to London, written by Ray Davies, who used scenes and memories of his childhood to pen the descriptive lyrics of a solitary observer watching a couple by the Thames.

The Kinks, 1967

Musically, this Top 5 hir for the Kinks is built around layered guitars and strong harmonies to complement the main melody. This song is also notable as the first to be produced solely by Davies.

Listen to “Waterloo Sunset”:

Song Lyrics

Dirty old river, must you keep rolling, flowing into the night
People so busy, makes 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

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is the evening time
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

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is the evening time
Waterloo sunset’s fine

Millions of people swarming like flies ’round Waterloo underground
But Terry and Julie cross over the river, ehere 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

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