Waterloo Sunset (3:13)

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Waterloo Sunset” is a song released as a single by The Kinks in 1967, and featured on their album Something Else by the Kinks. It was composed and produced by The Kinks lead singer and songwriter Ray Davies and is one of the band’s best known and most acclaimed songs.

The lyrics are from the point of view of a solitary man on the south bank of the Thames watching (or imagining) the romantic encounters of a couple at Waterloo Underground, then crossing Waterloo Bridge. Davies, in his 1996 autobiography X-Ray, says the inspiration for the song came from an incident when he was hospitalized as a boy. On the BBC radio show The Davies Diaries, Davies stated that “I can’t tell you who they are because they’re good friends of mine”. In a 2008 interview with Spinner Magazine, Davies stated “it was a fantasy about my sister going off with her boyfriend to a new world and they were going to emigrate and go to another country.”

The couple - “Terry” and “Julie” - mentioned in the lyrics are widely reported and presumed[1][2] as being British film stars of the time Terence Stamp and Julie Christie but Davies, in a 2004 interview, denied this, saying: “No, Terry and Julie were real people. I couldn’t write for stars.”[3]

The recording features Davies’ first wife Rasa on background vocals. “When the record was finished and it was coming out”, Ray Davies remembered, “I got my wife Rasa to drive me down to Waterloo Bridge to see if the atmosphere was right… I’ve never worked with a song that has been a total pleasure from beginning to end like that one”.

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

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  • jakobdorof

    top 100 song of all time

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    This is one of those golden oldies that make me miss my golden retriever, Raddy-Tay. I still remember Raddy deliberately sitting on the train tracks, looking straight into my eyes sand saying, "It's too late. I slipped a paralyzing agent in your Dew." And sure enough, I quickly lost control of my limbs. I lied drooling on the gravel, watching as my dog sat in the Siddhasana position, waiting for his release. [2] one of the strangest things i've ever read while listening to "waterloo sunset" by the kinks

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    REMINDS ME OF WATERLOO STATION IN LONDON [2] you're a fuckin genius

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • bicknor

    Great. The' dirty old river' referred to is, of course, the Thames . So much cleaner as a river now than it was back then in the 1960s when this song was written..............

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ColorCaptn

    Es war Ende der 60 ziger, was waren wir jung !!!!

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • fuzmeister

    Perfect!

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • nicorebel

    classic (3)

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Hallshaster

    This is one of those golden oldies that make me miss my golden retriever, Raddy-Tay. I still remember Raddy deliberately sitting on the train tracks, looking straight into my eyes sand saying, "It's too late. I slipped a paralyzing agent in your Dew." And sure enough, I quickly lost control of my limbs. I lied drooling on the gravel, watching as my dog sat in the Siddhasana position, waiting for his release.

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mynameisecho

    perfection

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • bercer

    great oldie"", memories", rock on""

    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Indierock93

    Their best one, love it!

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Suberu

    :-)

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • southstarmusic

    PURE POP BLISS....thank you lads ♫♥♫

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • stevelew76

    perfect

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • oldchap2

    Fantastic track.

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • southstarmusic

    i'm very glad that i have the kinks in my musical life :)♫♥♫

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Malkamillian

    great version

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • rickenbackeriff

    Anything by the kinks makes me smile, sha' la lah

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    classic (2)

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
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