Low Budget

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Davray Music Ltd.

Chord file

Lyrics:

Cheap is small and not too steep
But best of all cheap is cheap
Circumstance has forced my hand
To be a cut price person in a low budget land
Times are hard but we'll all survive
I just got to learn to economize

I'm on a low budget
I'm on a low budget
I'm not cheap, you understand
I'm just a cut price person in a low budget land
Excuse my shoes they don't quite fit
They're a special offer and they hurt me a bit
Even my trousers are giving me pain
They were reduced in a sale so I shouldn't complain
They squeeze me so tight so I can't take no more
They're size 28 but I take 34

I'm on a low budget
What did you say
I'm on a low budget
I thought you said that

I'm on a low budget
I'm a cut price person in a low budget land

I'm shopping at Woolworth and low discount stores
I'm dropping my standards so that I can buy more

[Quality costs, but quality wastes,
So I'm giving up all of my expensive tastes.
Caviar and champagne are definite no's,
I'm acquiring a taste for brown ale and cod roes ]

Low budget sure keeps me on my toes
I count every penny and I watch where it goes
We're all on our uppers we're all going skint
I used to suck cigars but now I suck polo mints

I'm on a low budget
What did you say
Yea I'm on a low budget
I thought you said that
I'm on a low budget
I'm a cut price person in a low budget land
I'm on a low budget
Low budget
Low budget

Art takes time, time is money
Money's scarce and that ain't funny
Millionaires are things of the past
We're in low budget-ville where nothing can last
Money's rare there's none to be found
So don't think I'm tight if I don't buy a round

I'm on a low budget
What did you say
Yes I'm on a low budget
I thought you said that
I'm on a low budget
I'm a cut price person in a low budget land
I'm on a low budget
Say it again
Low budget
One more time
Low budget

[I look like a tramp, but don't write me off,
I'll have you all know, I was once a toff
At least my hair is all mine, my teeth are my own,
But everything else is on permanent loan.
Once all my clothes were made by hand,
Now I'm a cut price person in a low budget land.
I'm on a low budget
I'll have you all know
We're on a low budget
I'm on a low budget]

This song can be found on the following releases:

stereo mix, longer edit (4:52), recorded Jan 1979 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman/Low Budget 26 Jan, 1979 UK Arista ARIST 240 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman/Low Budget 26 Jan, 1979 UK Arista ARIST 12240 12" vinyl single, 45 RPM
(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman/Low Budget 26 Jan, 1979 UK Arista ARIST 12240 12" vinyl single, 45 RPM
(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman/Low Budget 12 Mar, 1979 USA Arista CP 700 12" vinyl single, 33 1/3 RPM

stereo mix, shorter edit (3:46), recorded Jan 1979 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman/Low Budget 1979 Brazil Arista (EMI-Odeon) 31C006 62441 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman/Low Budget 12 Mar, 1979 USA Arista AS 0409 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Low Budget 10 Jul, 1979 USA Arista AB 4240 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
A Gallon Of Gas/Low Budget Aug 1979 USA Arista AS 0448 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Low Budget 7 Sep, 1979 UK Arista SPART 1099 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Catch Me Now I'm Falling/Low Budget Sep 1979 USA Arista AS 0458 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Low Budget May 1985 USA Arista ARCD-8050 CD
Low Budget 1986 Germany Arista 251 146 CD
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 Jun 1986 USA Arista A2CD-8428 CD
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 1986 Brazil Arista/BMG (unknown) 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 2 Jun, 1986 USA Arista AL11-8428 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 Oct 1986 UK Arista 302 778 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Low Budget 27 Apr, 1999 USA Konk/Velvel 63467-79727-2 CD
Come Dancing With The Kinks/The Best Of The Kinks 1977-1986 24 Oct, 2000 USA Konk/Velvel/Koch VEL-79733 CD
Low Budget 6 May, 2003 USA Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab CMFSA2008 SACD (hybrid)
Low Budget 7 Nov, 2006 USA Konk/Koch VEL-SC-79817 SACD (hybrid)
Greatest Hits 1970-1986 30 Oct, 2007 USA Konk/Velvel/Koch Records VEL-79822 3 CD set

live, stereo mix, recorded 23 Sep, 1979 at Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island
One For The Road 1980 Brazil Arista (Ariola Discos Fonograficos) 300 932/3 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
One For The Road 4 Jun, 1980 USA Arista A2L 8401 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
One For The Road 1 Aug, 1980 UK Arista DARTY 6 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
One For The Road 4 Apr, 1989 USA Arista A2CD-8041 CD
One For The Road 27 Apr, 1999 USA Konk/Velvel 63467-79728-2 2 CD set
One For The Road 7 Sep, 2004 USA Konk/Koch VEL-SC-79803 SACD (hybrid)
Picture Book 8 Dec, 2008 UK Universal/Sanctuary 5313049 Multi CD box set


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