Life Goes On

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Davray Music Ltd.

Chord file


A friend of mine just had a real bad time.
You see, his life was shattered and he lost his mind.
His girl ran off along with his best friend,
And through emotional stress he brought his life to an end.
It was such a tragedy,
But that's the way it's got to be.
Life goes on.

Life goes on.
It happens ev'ry day.
So appreciate what you got
Before it's taken away.
Life will hit you
When you're unprepared,
So be grateful and take all
That you can while you're there.
Get that frown off your head,
'Cause you're a long time dead.
Life goes on and on and on.
Life goes on and on and on.

No use runnin' 'round lookin' scared,
Life could get you when you're unaware.
One day it's gonna come, so you better accept it.
Life will hit you when you least expect it.
And one day when you are gone,
You know that life will still go on.
But no one'll care if you've been good, bad, right or wrong.
Life will still go on.

My bank went broke and my well ran dry.
It was almost enough to contemplate suicide.
I turned on the gas, but I soon realized
I hadn't settled my bill so they cut off my supply.
No matter how I try, it seems I'm too young to die.
Life goes on and on and on.
Life goes on and on and on.

Tornado, cyclone and hurricane
Can batter the houses with the thunder and rain.
Blizzards can blow; the waves hit the shore,
But the people recover and come back for more.
Somehow the people fight back, even the future looks black.
Life goes on and on and on.
Life goes on and on and on.

This song can be found on the following releases:

stereo mix (5:01), recorded 22-30 Sep, 1976 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
Sleepwalker 1977 Brazil Arista (EMI-Odeon) ARL 33031 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Sleepwalker 12 Feb, 1977 USA Arista AL 4106 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Sleepwalker 25 Feb, 1977 UK Arista SPARTY 1002 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Juke Box Music/Life Goes On 18 May, 1977 USA Arista AS 0249 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Sleepwalker 12 Jul, 1988 USA Arista ARCD-8068 CD
Sleepwalker 24 Nov, 1998 USA Konk/Velvel 63467-79725-2 CD
Sleepwalker 11 Jan, 2005 USA Konk/Koch Records VEL-SC-79810 SACD (hybrid)
The Essential Kinks 14 Oct 2014 USA RCA/Arista/Legacy (Sony Music) 88843066622 2 CD set

stereo mix, by Katie Pearlman (5:26), recorded 2010 at Paradiddle Studios, Huntington, NY
The Kinks UnKovered 22 Jun 2010 USA Paradiddle Records 8579670021049 CD
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