Album: Give The People What They Want (1981)
Charted: 85
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  • Met a girl called Lola and I took her back to my place
    Feelin' guilty, feelin' scared, hidden cameras everywhere
    Stop! hold on. stay in control

    Girl, I want, you here with me
    But I'm really not as cool as I'd like to be
    'Cause there's a red, under my bed
    And there's a little yellow man in my head
    And there's a true, blue, inside of me
    That keeps stoppin' me, touchin' ya, watchin' ya, lovin' ya

    Paranoia, need destroyer. Paranoia, they destroy ya'

    Well I fell asleep, then I woke feelin' kinda' queer
    Lola looked at me and said ooh you look so weird
    She said man, there's really something wrong with you
    One day you're gonna' self-destruct
    You're up, get down, I'll come work you out
    You get a good thing goin' then you blow yourself out

    Silly boy ya' self-destroyer. Silly boy ya' self-destroyer

    Silly boy you got so much to live for
    So much to aim for, so much to try for
    You blow it all with, paranoia
    You're so insecure you, self-destroyer

    (And it goes like this, here it goes) paranoia, they destroy ya
    (Here it goes again) paranoia, they destroy ya

    Dr. Dr. help her please I know you'll understand
    There's a time device inside of me I'm a self-destructin' man
    There's a red, under my bed
    And there's a little green man in my head
    And said you're not goin' crazy, you're just a bit sad
    'Cause there's a man in ya, knawin' ya, tearin' ya, in to to

    Silly boy ya' self-destroyer. paranoia, they destroy ya'

    Self-destroyer, wreck your health
    Destroy friends, destroy yourself
    The time device of, self-destruction
    Lies, confusion, start eruption

    (Yea, it goes like this, here it goes) paranoia, they destroy ya
    (Here's to paranoia) paranoia, they destroy ya
    (Hey hey, here it goes) paranoia, they destroy ya
    (And it goes like this)

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Comments: 12

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 10, 1981, the Kinks performed "Destroyer" on the NBC-TV late-night program 'Saturday Night Live'...
    Just over two weeks later on October 25th "Destroyer" entered Billboard's Top 100 chart at position #92, two weeks later it would peak at #85 {for 1 week} and it spent 4 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart...
    Between 1964 and 1983 the quartet had twenty-four records on the Top 100 chart, five made the Top 10, "You Really Got Me" {#7 in 1964}, "All Day and All of the Night" {#7 in 1965}, "Tired of Waiting for You" {#6 in 1965}, "Lola" {#9 in 1970}, and "Come Dancing" {#6 in 1983}...
    In their native United Kingdom they have had three records peak at #1 and also three others peak at #2.
  • John from Grand Island, NyThe Kinks are Rock's most underappreciated group.
  • Carrie from , MiI often thought of it as a guy strung out on drugs and his addiction is causing him to lose it and become paranoid. Reds=Red Devils or Seconal, blues=Amytal or Tuinal, yellows=Valium green=marijuana

    I guess it's all in how you interpret it
  • Jake from Newyork, NyThis song i almost like a story about the Kinks they include stuff from thier other songs in it.
  • Georgia from London, United KingdomTrue blue= Loyal and unwavering in one's opinions. always the same and like himself.
    Red= Communist (term popular during the Cold War)
    yellow= cowardice

    Ray Davies might not have intended these common 'translations' when writing the lyrics, but it does make it a bit fun when listening to the song.
  • William from Syracuse, NyFront man for the Kinks, Ray Davies, has a medical condition called "Bipolar disorder" formally known as Manic Depressive illness. Davies' creativity is often fueled by his bouts of mania and hypomania. His catalogue of recordings and novels are representative of his life experiences. "Destroyer" represents fully the debilatating affects of the mood swings persons who have this disorder experience. He is in every sense of the word a Renaissance man; a Troubador, an example of the spark of genius that few have had the courage to express. If I were to meet him I would extend my hand and thank him for the pleasure and the pain he has shared with me thru the years through his work.
  • Michael from San Diego, CaGreat guitar work in this high energy tune!
  • Melquiades from CaliConscious self rip off. I don't find particularly amusing him reconstructing his old melodies and riffs from earlier songs. Just look at their album's name, Ray at this time didn't give a damn. Gimme Arthur's songs anytime of the day.
  • Allen from Bethel, AkYes, this is a good song, but not their best. Try listining to album "The Village Green Preservation Society"
  • Chris from Sunnyvale, CaThis is definately their heaviest song and maybe their best.
  • Don from San Antonio, TxHell yeah, this song rips. The huge drum sound is all over the album, and although this is probably the best song, the rest of the album can be fun to listen to. They should have stuck with heavy rock more. Listening to them can be like looking at a Playboy, where you have to use your imagination to fill in what you're not getting from the product. Or movie directors that won't show you the monster cuz it makes it more "suspenseful". NO! Get out of my face with that nonsense...the TRUTH is you're incapable of making quality entertainment. Go sell used cars.
  • Amay from Edison, NjProbably the best Kinks song.
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