People Take Pictures of Each Other (2:27)

Cover of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society

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  • Porculus

    some of the best Kinks' lyrics. They are by no means positive, they are really bleak, yet the music is up-tempo and cheerful - can you believe that?! The song is an example of some of the best sarcasm ever used by the band in their work's message to the world. It closes an album which is about not appreciating and being oblivious to our past, our ancestors' heritage. The song speaks about people's preoccupation with taking stupid pictures too often for nobody, instead of taking time to feel life and enjoy the essence of a moment. I don't think Ray had had enough of his nostalgia. He closes the album with a depressed statement "don't show me no more", yearning for childhood's sweet safety and being sure our future is going to be shitty times.

    12 Jun 11:15pm Reply
  • Dylanisgod2

    woah woah woah... so this is the final track, “People Take Pictures of Each Other,” a perfect coda to cap off the album and further emphasizes themes of nostalgia and memory. The pictures represent un-warped memory, the only physical proof anyone could ever have of what has happened in their past, reiterating in part what was described in “Picture Book.” The song also shows a bit of reform within Davies as a lyricist, containing the line “Don’t show me no more, please,” which at first just seems like any other line, but the "don't" in there suggests to me that Davies has had enough of the nostalgic pain experienced all throughout the album that has just preceded. I'm trying to analyze this record

    25 Apr 11:46pm Reply
  • tomrud73

    love the Davies Brothers and THE KINKS!

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kiteo

    If he was grouchy about it then, imagine now.

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    f`n the wryest of humour!

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LSBumblebee

    Classic Raymond!

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • bostoncrab

    so, so prescient

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Love how the album ends on such a cheeky tune.

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Irlandese64

    This song makes me laugh for MANY reasons! :P

    10 Jun 2011 Reply
  • sdonoh

    This could be the most perfect song ever written. I'm always amazed at how many ideas it packs into 2 minutes.

    1 Jul 2010 Reply
  • zombiegorennoir

    lol I love The Kinks!

    1 May 2010 Reply
  • ratman418

    Don't show me no more please!!

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Revival_Records

    Ah - just popped up on a random play list reminding me just how great this album is...now I have to go and play the whole thing :)

    14 Apr 2010 Reply
  • PuceMoose

    This is a hell of a great album.

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Yard_Records

    how i love things as they used to be. don't show me no more please

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • allmodcons1960

    tune

    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • skipspence

    I find this song heart-wrenchingly sad and, of course, great

    21 Sep 2009 Reply
  • HumHumXX

    I wish those idiots with their cellphones and digicams at concerts would learn this song by heart.

    27 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Dunk_a_roos

    me encanta esta cancionnnn!

    6 Apr 2009 Reply
  • nuclearrabbit33

    it's the hand claps that make this song.

    31 Mar 2009 Reply
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