Sunny Afternoon

Album: Face To Face (1966)
Charted: 1 14
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  • The tax man's taken all my dough
    And left me in my stately home
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon
    And I can't sail my yacht
    He's taken everything I got
    All I've got's this sunny afternoon

    Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze
    I gotta big fat mama trying to break me
    And I love to live so pleasantly
    Live this life of luxury
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime

    My girlfriend's run off with my car
    And gone back to her ma and pa
    Telling tails of drunkenness and cruelty
    Now I'm sitting here
    Sipping at my ice cold beer
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon

    Help me, help me, help me sail away
    Well give me two good reasons why I oughta stay
    'Cause I love to live so pleasantly
    Live this life of luxury
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime

    Ah, save me, save me, save me from this squeeze
    I gotta big fat mama trying to break me
    And I love to live so pleasantly
    Live this life of luxury
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertime
    In the summertimeWriter/s: RAY DAVIES
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Abkco Music, Inc.
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Comments: 9

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 31st 1966, "Sunny Afternoon" by the Kinks entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #90; and on October 25th, 1966 it peaked at #14 {for 1 week} and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...And as already stated above it reached #1 in the U.K.; and on September 26th, 1966 it also peaked at #1 {for 1 week} on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart...Between 1964 and 1984 the quartet had twenty-four Top 100 records; with five making the Top10 and their two biggest hits both peaked at #6, "Tired of Waiting for You" for 2 weeks on April 18th, 1965 and "Coming Dancing" for 2 weeks on July 10th, 1983...They just missed having four records peak at #6 when "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night" both peaked at #7.
  • Bubblesk from Memphis, TnBack in 1966, as this song was climbing the charts, I started loving it while in college. I lived in a co-ed dorm on campus & across the hall lived a portly (make that rotund----no make that obese) hippy girl and her boyfriend who loved to pretend he was "upper crust!" Haaa! Back then whenever this song was on the radio, I'd think of them. What a pair! Actually, they were really goodhearted kids & good neighbors. But what a song! I just love it because it's so quirky and FUN. Anyway, I love The Kinks even after all these decades of decadence!
  • Mike from Park Ridge, IlCrazy to shoot this video in the dead of winter.
  • Louise from Newcastle, --A lot of Brits do drink beer ice-cold, Terri :)
  • Terri from Phoenix, Azline "sipping at my ice-cold beer" is kinda ironic, considering the British drink theirs at room temperature.
  • Dave from Lacrosse, WiI think it's funny as hell. I always end up laughing when I listen to it, picturing some wealthy British play boy strolling about on the grounds in front of his mansion wearing a smoking jacket, bemoaning the 'difficulties' of his life.
  • Shannan from Wilmington, DeI love the song and video. The Kinks are great!!!
  • Elie from Londongrat song lifts you up when ure down
  • Jon from Oakridge, OrMy favorite Kinks song.
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