Brainwashed

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Hill & Range Songs BMI

Chord file

Lyrics:

You look like a real human being
But you don't have a mind of your own
Yeah, you can talk, you can breathe
You can work, you can stitch, you can sew
But you're brainwashed
Yes you are, yes you are
Get down on your knees

You've got a job and a house
And a wife, and your kids and a car
Yeah, you're conditioned to be
What they want you to be
And be happy to be where you are
Yes you are
Get down on your knees
Get down on your knees

The aristocrats and bureaucrats
Are dirty rats
For making you what you are
They're up there and you're down here
You're on the ground and they're up with the stars
All your life they've kicked you around and pushed you around
Till you can't take any more
To them you're just a speck of dirt
But you don't want to get up off the floor
Mister you're just brainwashed

They give you social security
Tax saving benefits that grow at maturity
Yeah, you're contented to be
What they want you to be
And to do what they want you to
Yes you are, yes you are
Get down on your knees

This song can be found on the following releases:

stereo mix (2:32), recorded May-Jun 1969 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 10 Oct, 1969 UK Pye NSPL 18317 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 10 Oct, 1969 USA Reprise RS 6366 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Victoria/Brainwashed Oct 1969 USA Reprise 0863 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire Jan 1987 UK PRT CDMP 8835 CD
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 15 May, 1990 USA Reprise RS 6366-2 CD
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 25 May, 1998 UK Essential/Castle Communications ESM CD 511 CD
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 27 Sep, 2004 UK Sanctuary Midline SMRCD062 CD
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 273 227-4 2 CD set

mono mix (2:32), recorded May-Jun 1969 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 10 Oct, 1969 UK Pye NPL 18317 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 17 Sep, 2001 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary CMTCD322 CD
The Pye Album Collection 25 Apr 2005 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary Records Group CMXBX 1125 Multi CD box set
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 273 227-4 2 CD set
The Kinks In Mono 21 Nov, 2011 UK Sanctuary/Universal Music 602527769448 Multi CD box set

mono reduction of stereo mix (2:32), recorded May-Jun 1969 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Victoria/Brainwashed 15 Oct, 1969 USA Reprise 0863 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Victoria/Brainwashed Oct 1969 USA Reprise 0863 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM

live, stereo mix (2:59), recorded 3 Mar, 1972 at Carnegie Hall, New York
Everybody's In Show-Biz 25 Aug, 1972 USA RCA Victor VPS 6065 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Everybody's In Show-Biz, Everybody's A Star 1 Sep, 1972 UK RCA Victor DPS 2035 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Everybody's In Show-Biz 26 Jun, 1990 USA Rhino R2 70935 CD
Everybody's In Show-Biz 20 May, 2003 USA Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs UDSACD 2010 SACD (hybrid)

live, stereo mix, Mike Cotton Sound intro edited out (2:32), recorded 3 Mar, 1972 at Carnegie Hall, New York
Everybody's In Show-Biz 14 Jul, 1998 USA Konk/Velvel 63467-79720-2 CD
Everybody's In Show-Biz 7 Nov, 2006 USA Konk/Koch VEL-SC-79816 SACD (hybrid)
Everybody's In Show-Biz 21 Jun, 2010 UK Konk/Koch/Universal Music 2738353 CD

stereo mix, by The Pinkos, recorded 2001 at Egg Studios, Seattle, Washington
Give The People What We Want - Songs Of The Kinks 6 Nov, 2001 USA Burn, Burn, Burn/Right Now Records/Sub Pop Records SPCD575 CD


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