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Ray Davies - See My Friends (Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles 2009)

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"See My Friends"
Single by The Kinks
B-side"Never Met a Girl Like You Before"
Released30 July 1965
29 September 1965 (USA)
Format7" vinyl
GenrePsychedelic rock, raga rock
LabelPye 7N 15919
Reprise 0409 (USA)
Writer(s)Ray Davies
ProducerShel Talmy
The Kinks singles chronology

"See My Friends" is a song by The Kinks, written by the group's singer and guitarist, Ray Davies. Released in 1965, it reached #10 on the UK Singles Chart. A rare foray into psychedelic rock for the group, it is credited[by whom?] as the first Western rock song to integrate Indian raga sounds, being released four months before The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood".

The song is sometimes mistitled "See My Friend", because this is how the song was identified on the initial UK single pressing. However, the website of Kassner Music,[1] which owns the publishing rights to the song, specifies the title as "See My Friends",[2] which are also the words Davies clearly sings throughout the track. Most subsequent issues of the song have borne the more familiar "See My Friends" title.

Ray Davies has been heard to say the song is about the death of his older sister, Rene, who lived for a time in Ontario, Canada. Upon her return to England she fell ill due to an undiagnosed hole in her heart and died while dancing at a night club. Just before she died he says she gave him his first guitar for his 13th birthday. Inspiration for the song came from a stopover in Bombay during The Kinks' 1965 Asian tour, where the jetlagged Davies encountered fishermen chanting on their way to their morning work.[3]

Richard Thompson covered the song on his album 1000 Years of Popular Music.

Notes

  1. ^ Kassner Music
  2. ^ Kassner Associated Publishers Ltd
  3. ^ Bellman, Jonathan (1998). p. 294

References

  • Bellman, Jonathan (1998). The Exotic in Western Music. Lebanon, NH: UPNE. ISBN 1555533191. 

External links

  • Official Ray Davies Web Site
  • The Official Ray Davies Forum - "The Old Grey Board"
  • The Official Ray Davies Forum on YouTube
   

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