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“Lola” is a song written by Ray Davies and performed by The Kinks which details a romantic encounter between a young man (presumably in his late teen years) and a he meets in a Soho, London club.

One of The Kinks’ best-known songs, the single was taken from the album Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One, which was released in June, 1970, and reached #2 in the UK charts and #9 in the US. It was ranked 422nd on the List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It is famous for its C-D-E .

In the book The Kinks: The Official Biography, Ray Davies says that he was inspired to write this song after the band manager Robert Wace had spent the night dancing with a transvestite. Davies said,
“ I remembered an incident in a club… in his apartment Robert Wace had been dancing with this black woman, and he said, ‘I’m really on to a thing here.’ And it was okay until we left at six in the morning and then I said, ‘Have you seen the stubble?’ He said ‘Yeah,’ but he was too pissed to care, I think. ”

Accounts also indicate a similar incident occurred at about the same time during a Kinks European tour in the mid-1960s, cementing the song’s scenario in Davies’ mind for later use.

In late 1969, Davies’ father encouraged him to focus his energy on writing another worldwide hit single after a long dry spell for the band, and “Lola” was the result. Davies and the Kinks spent extra time and effort recording and crafting the song at Morgan Studios in London during early 1970.

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I met her in a club down in old Soho
Where you drink champagne
It tastes just like Coca Cola, C-O-L-A cola

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  • Stor74

    Wonderful song!!!!!

    7 Jul 4:04am Reply
  • music101xxx

    it has always been a great, fun song xxx

    3 Jul 10:53pm Reply
  • Syd3arrett

    Had to see the lyrics to understand it wasn't promoting you know what. :p I like lyrics that are strange and suggestive.

    28 Jun 12:37am Reply
  • nyustain

    ''Lola'' é simplesmente sensacional. <3

    24 Mar 1:09am Reply
  • Schwarzohr

    :)

    12 Feb 4:15pm Reply
  • COLLRCC

    great band..

    2 Feb 1:26pm Reply
  • suyapc

    wanted to hear this song then I open the kinks radio, thinking: what are the odds I can hear exactly what I wanted...

    25 Jan 1:00pm Reply
  • rtms1988

    "Well I left home just a week before And I'd never ever kissed a woman before But Lola smiled and took me by the hand And said dear boy I'm gonna make you a man Well I'm not the worlds most masculine man But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man And so is Lola Lo-lo-lo-lo Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lola Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lola" *hands up and waving*

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    Much love to The Kinks, but this song's boring. It all follows the same bland, prosaic melody, nothing countering it.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • fluff57

    im a real 60,s fan.beatles really,but i do love a kinks song.gotta be up there with the greats!

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SpankThru23

    Fab 4(4

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    Fab (3)

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    Fab (2)

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • njokmo413

    an awesomely kinky song

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • LovelyDragon

    Epic

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    Fab

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • BrainsToady

    I saw Ray Davis a couple of years ago. He has still got it. Fantastic.

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • NitaD1

    Classic!!

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rtms1988

    Oh Lola.... Hahahahahaha!!!

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • BMWPRETTY

    Awesome! Spank! ;-)

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
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