Village Green

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Noma Music, Inc./Hi-Count Music, Inc. BMI

Chord file

Lyrics:

Out in the country,
Far from all the soot and noise of the city,
There's a village green.
It's been a long time
Since I last set eyes on the church with the steeple
Down by the village green.
'Twas there I met a girl called Daisy
And kissed her by the old oak tree.
Although I loved my Daisy, I sought fame,
And so I left the village green.

I miss the village green,
And all the simple people.
I miss the village green,
The church, the clock, the steeple.
I miss the morning dew, fresh air and Sunday school.

And now all the houses
Are rare antiquities.
American tourists flock to see the village green.
They snap their photographs and say "Gawd darn it,
Isn't it a pretty scene?"
And Daisy's married Tom the grocer boy,
And now he owns a grocery.

I miss the village green,
And all the simple people.
I miss the village green,
The church, the clock, the steeple.
I miss the morning dew, fresh air and Sunday school.

And I will return there,
And I'll see Daisy,
And we'll sip tea, laugh,
And talk about the village green.
We will laugh and talk about the village green.

This song can be found on the following releases:

mono mix (2:08), recorded 25 Nov, 1966 (string overdubs Feb 1967) at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Mister Pleasant May 1967 France Pye PNV 24191 7" vinyl EP, 45 RPM
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 22 Nov, 1968 UK Pye NPL 18233 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 25 May, 1998 UK Essential/Castle Communications ESM CD 481 CD
The EP Collection 2 1 Aug, 2000 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary ESFCD 904 Multi CD box set
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Special Deluxe Edition) 28 Jun, 2004 UK Sanctuary Records Group SMETD 102 3 CD set
The Kinks In Mono 21 Nov, 2011 UK Sanctuary/Universal Music 602527769448 Multi CD box set

stereo mix (2:08), recorded 25 Nov, 1966 (string overdubs Feb 1967) at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Oct 1968 Sweden/Norway Pye NSPL 18233 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Oct 1968 France Pye CLVLXPY 298 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 22 Nov, 1968 UK Pye NSPL 18233 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Dec 1968 New Zealand Pye NSPL 18233 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Jan 1969 Italy Pye SLBP 63.003 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Jan 1969 USA Reprise RS 6327 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Golden Hour "Kinks"-Lola, Percy & The Apeman Come Face To Face With The Village Green Preservation Society... Something Else! 11 Oct, 1974 UK Pye/Golden Hour GHD 50 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Collection 27 Sep, 1985 UK Collector Series/Castle Communications CCSLP 113 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Collection Jun 1987 UK Castle Communications CCSCD 113 CD
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Dec 1987 UK PRT PYL 6008 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Jan 1988 Germany PRT (TELDEC) 8.26676 ZR CD
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 18 Dec, 1989 UK Castle Communications CLACD 161 CD
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 15 May, 1990 USA Reprise RS 6327-2 CD
The EP Collection Volume Two 18 Nov, 1991 UK See For Miles SEE 329 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The EP Collection Volume Two 18 Nov, 1991 UK See For Miles SEECD 329 CD
The Best And Kollektable Kinks 16 Dec, 1993 Japan Victor Entertainment, Inc. VICP-5332 CD
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 25 May, 1998 UK Essential/Castle Communications ESM CD 481 CD
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 17 Sep, 2001 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary CMTCD319 CD
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Special Deluxe Edition) 28 Jun, 2004 UK Sanctuary Records Group SMETD 102 3 CD set
The Pye Album Collection 25 Apr 2005 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary Records Group CMXBX 1125 Multi CD box set
Picture Book 8 Dec, 2008 UK Universal/Sanctuary 5313049 Multi CD box set

mono mix, different vocals, no strings (2:13), recorded 25 Nov, 1966 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Special Deluxe Edition) 28 Jun, 2004 UK Sanctuary Records Group SMETD 102 3 CD set

stereo mix, backing track with string overdub (2:22), recorded 25 Nov, 1966 (string overdubs Feb 1967) at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Special Deluxe Edition) 28 Jun, 2004 UK Sanctuary Records Group SMETD 102 3 CD set

alternate stereo mix (2:11), recorded 24, 25 Nov, 1966 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
The Anthology - 1964-1971 17 Nov 2014 UK Sony/Legacy/BMG 88875021542 Multi CD box set

stereo mix, Ray with the Crouch End Festival Chorus (3:24), recorded Spring 2009 at Air Studios & Konk Studios, London
The Kinks Choral Collection 15 Jun, 2009 UK Decca Records/Universal 2703909 CD
The Kinks Choral Collection 2 Sep, 2009 Australia Decca Records/Universal 2703909 CD
The Kinks Choral Collection 15 Jun, 2009 USA Decca Records/Universal ? CD
The Kinks Choral Collection (Special Edition) 7 Dec, 2009 UK Universal Music TV 2724050 CD


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