Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Ray Davies’ “Waterloo Sunset”

“Waterloo Sunset" is listed 42nd in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs list and called “the most beautiful song in the English language” by rock critic Robert Christgau and “divine” and a "masterpiece" by Pete Townshend of The Who. Composed by Ray Davies when he was with The Kinks (original version here), the lyrics depict a solitary homebody who is “in paradise” watching two lovers meet every Friday night at London Waterloo Station, near the Thames, and crossing the bridge as the sun sets. Above, Davies performed the song with the Crouch End Festival Chorus at the Glastonbury Festival, June 2010.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

Sometimes I don't think The Kinks, and Ray Davies, get the credit they deserve. Far more prolific than Townsend, and there isn't much "filler" in his catalogue. The Kinks can take its place next to others such as The Who and Led Zeppelin as giants of English rock 'n' roll...all rock 'n' roll for that matter. Thanks for a great example.

Jeff Tone said...

You're welcome. I agree–and it's only now that I too recognize the originality of The Kinks and Davies.