My Own Sweat Smells The Best

Today is Ray Davies 61st birthday. I’ve told many people who will listen (and that number is ever-dwindling) that I believe Ray Davies is without question the most underrated songwriter of all time and that I will match his pre-1975 songwriting talents up, song-for-song, against anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Davies ability to shine lyrical light on both the drudgery of the everyday human existence and the struggles with class lines in post-war England are simply unmatched. While the late-era Kinks music was more geared towards the arenas, much, if not all, of their work pre-mid 1970s was a stunning, unstoppable force.

So, gunshot wound and all, happy birthday to the guy who sings for my favorite band ever (probably) and penned many of my favorite songs (definitely).

’cause he gets up in the morning,
And he goes to work at nine,
And he comes back home at five-thirty,
Gets the same train every time.
’cause his world is built ’round punctuality,
It never fails.

And he’s oh, so good,
And he’s oh, so fine,
And he’s oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind.
He’s a well respected man about town,
Doing the best things so conservatively.

And his mother goes to meetings,
While his father pulls the maid,
And she stirs the tea with councilors,
While discussing foreign trade,
And she passes looks, as well as bills
At every suave young man

’cause he’s oh, so good,
And he’s oh, so fine,
And he’s oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind.
He’s a well respected man about town,
Doing the best things so conservatively.

And he likes his own backyard,
And he likes his fags the best,
’cause he’s better than the rest,
And his own sweat smells the best,
And he hopes to grab his father’s loot,
When pater passes on.

’cause he’s oh, so good,
And he’s oh, so fine,
And he’s oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind.
He’s a well respected man about town,
Doing the best things so conservatively.

And he plays at stocks and shares,
And he goes to the regatta,
And he adores the girl next door,
’cause he’s dying to get at her,
But his mother knows the best about
The matrimonial stakes.

’cause he’s oh, so good,
And he’s oh, so fine,
And he’s oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind.
He’s a well respected man about town,
Doing the best things so conservatively.

2 comments to My Own Sweat Smells The Best

  • mike ross

    As a student of history I find Ray's depiction of everyday life full of sarcastic humor. I am a new fan of his and would like to find a link to interpret some of his thoughts. Simply brillant. Mike

  • mike ross

    As a student of history I find Ray’s depiction of everyday life full of sarcastic humor. I am a new fan of his and would like to find a link to interpret some of his thoughts. Simply brillant. Mike

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