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The Kinks

Victoria (3:39)

"Victoria" is a song written by Ray Davies of The Kinks, which appeared as the opening track of the 1969 concept album, Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire).

In the satirical style that Ray Davies had become known for in his earlier works such as the Kinks 1966 hit, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, the lyrics juxtapose the paternalist aspirations of the British Empire in the Victorian age, "Land of my…

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Long ago, life was clean
Sex was bad and obscene
And the rich were so mean
Stately homes for the Lords

The Kinks - Victoria Lyrics


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  • Loove it!
  • even Sonic Youth did a cover. that gives them cool points in my eyes (as if they needed any more, right?).
  • I have a great cover version of this song by Sonic Youth with The Fall.
  • I dedicate this track to the barmaid at the bigginhall pub coventry.
  • Always reminds me of a Victoria I know... which is another thing I dig about it.
  • great song
  • Classic.
  • big thumbs up to this entire album!
  • Some of the songs that were thrown away on B-sides and album tracks then would be band's best songs now.
  • :3

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