Duke

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Davray Music Ltd.

Lyrics:

I've seen you ride through Technicoloured sunsets
Fight a million battles, and never lost one yet
Surely you must be the greatest man the world has known
You fought the war and you did it all on your own

I've seen you stop so many bad guys with your six gun
You fought so many duals and never lost one
Surely you must be the greatest man the world has known
You always win and you always get the girl

And you taught me about freedom
And you taught me about law and order
And you always win as if by magic
And you always let the bad guys have it

Duke, I idolized you as a child
But we've all grown up and learned a lot since then
Good guys lose and sometimes bad guys win
And you've grown old the same as other men
Duke, we'll never see the likes of you again

I've seen you ride through Technicoloured sunsets
Fight a million battles, and you've never lost yet
Surely you must be the greatest man the world has known
You fought the war and you won it all on your own

Why did you always play the good guy?
Why did you always have a code of honour?
And you always lick the bad guys
And justice triumphed over wrong and yet

I see you now, you look so frail
You fought your fight and you served us well
But even heroes have to say farewell
Goodbye Duke, so long and happy trails
Duke, we'll never see the likes of you again

This song can be found on the following releases:

stereo mix (3:31), recorded circa 1979 or 1980 at (probably) Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
Picture Book 8 Dec, 2008 UK Universal/Sanctuary 5313049 Multi CD box set


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