The Village Green Preservation Society

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The Kinks - The Village Green Preservation Society from TV show

We are the village green preservation society
God save donald duck, vaudeville and variety
We are the desperate dan appreciation society
God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties
Preserving the old ways from being abused
Protecting the new ways for me and for you
What more can we do
We are the draught beer preservation society
God save mrs. mopp and good old mother riley
We are the custard pie appreciation consortium
God save the george cross and all those who were awarded them
We are the sherlock holmes english speaking vernacular
Help save fu manchu, moriarty and dracula
We are the office block persecution affinity
God save little shops, china cups and virginity
We are the skyscraper condemnation affiliate
God save tudor houses, antique tables and billiards
Preserving the old ways from being abused
Protecting the new ways for me and for you
What more can we do
God save the village green.

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"The Village Green Preservation Society"
The Village Green Preservation Society Single.jpg
Single by The Kinks
from the album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
B-side"Do You Remember Walter?" (US)
"Picture Book" (Denmark)
ReleasedNovember 1968
RecordedAugust 1968
GenreFolk rock
Length2:49
LabelReprise
Writer(s)Ray Davies
Producer(s)Ray Davies
The Kinks singles chronology

"The Village Green Preservation Society" is a single by the British rock group The Kinks. Written by Ray Davies, the song is a nostalgic reflection on cultural English "village green", country, and hamlet lifestyle, and references many different characteristics and features of it, such as Tudor houses and draught beer. At the same time, it speaks negatively of modern, industrial traits, such as office blocks and skyscrapers.

As the opening track of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, it sets the theme for the majority of the rest of the album. It is also, according to AllMusic, the best-known track from the album.[1]

The song has been part of the Kinks' live setlist. The song inspired the band's slogan, "God Save the Kinks".[1]

Contents

  • 1 Reception
  • 2 Album appearances
  • 3 Personnel
  • 4 Cover version
  • 5 References

Reception

"The Village Green Preservation Society" generally received positive reviews. Rolling Stone magazine praised the songs vocals and stated that "the tune, the rhythm, are more of a delight with each verse".[2] AllMusic's Stewart Mason felt that the song was "one of Davies' sweetest creations", but felt that it is overrated and not as successful lyrically as 1967's "Autumn Almanac".[1]

The song was the second single released in America from The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (the first being "Starstruck"), but it did not chart.

Album appearances

Studio albums

  • The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society

Live albums

  • The Kinks at the BBC
  • To the Bone
  • Live in London: 1973–1977

Compilation albums

  • The Kink Kronikles
  • Picture Book

Personnel

  • Ray Davies – lead vocals, guitar, keyboard[3]
  • Dave Davies – acoustic guitar, backing vocals[3]
  • Pete Quaife – bass guitar, backing vocals [3]
  • Mick Avory – drums[3]

Cover version

The song was covered by folk singer Kate Rusby and appears as a bonus track on the album Awkward Annie. This version was recorded as the theme for BBC TV sitcom Jam and Jerusalem.

References

  1. ^ a b c Stewart Mason. "The Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  2. ^ Paul Williams (1969-06-14). "Village Green Preservation Society | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d "AllMusic review". 
   

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