#music, A Song for a Saturday Afternoon

(The Kinks «Apeman»/Foto Facebook)

So we are so sophisticated and so civilised because we are Homo Sapiens? Bollocks! We’d be happier, freer, more peaceful and charming if we were swinging from the trees eating bananas all day… Well, at least that’s what Ray Davies says in «Apeman» a phenomenal song from the Kinks’ 1970 album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One.

«Apeman» was released in 1970, and although it did not do so great in the US, it did become a major hit in the UK. Some may think the references and even the way Davies sang the song may not be politically correct in these days of the new puritanism where everything has to be sanitised, but I say who cares, I am not a politician and I don’t have to act, think, or belief in any of the things that the Pharisees of our time think is proper.

«I’m an apeman, I’m an ape-ape man, oh I’m an apeman! I’m a King-Kong man, I’m a voodoo man, oh I’m an apeman, I’ll be your Tarzan and you be my Jane, we’ll sit in the trees and eat bananas all day, just like an apeman.»

(The Kinks in 1971/Photo Sounds of 71)


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  1. equipsblog dice:

    Great song. Wonder if Lennon borrowed the phrase when he wrote, «I am the apeman, I am the walrus. Koo.koo.kachoo.»

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    1. Lennon said “I am the egg-man”…

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      1. equipsblog dice:

        Oops. Thanks for the clarification. Funny what we think we hear.

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      2. Happens all the time with songs. You know California Dreaming? What does the lyric say after this: “Stopped into a church I passed along the way, I got down in my knees —————- …?

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      3. equipsblog dice:

        Think it goes And I began to pray.

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      4. Yes, I thought so, as most of us, but the song says “and I pretend to pray”…

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      5. equipsblog dice:

        Think it goes And I began to pray. Actually just looked it up And I pretend to pray.

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      6. But we all got it wrong, I sang that song even with my band in HS, and it was always “I began to pray…” Could we have all been wrong all those years?

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  2. equipsblog dice:

    Depends upon if the Internet got it right.

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