Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Davray Music Ltd.

Chord file


(Sung by The Vicar)

Some people say that life is a game, well if this is so
I'd like to know the rules on which this game of life is based.
I know of no game more fitting than the age old game of cricket
It has honour, it has character and it's British.
Now God laid down the rules of life when he wrote those Ten Commandments
And to cricket those ten same rules shall apply.
Show compassion and self-righteousness and be honest above all
And come to God's call with bat and ball.

Now the Devil has a player and he's called the Demon Bowler,
He's shrewd, he's rude and he's wicked.
He is sent by Sinful Satan and he's out to take your wicket
And you know that that's not cricket.
He'll baffle you with googlies with leg breaks and offspin
But keep a level head and don't let that demon in.
So keep a straight bat at all times, let the Bible be your guide
And you'll get by, yes you'll get by.

All through your life he'll try to bowl you out
Beware the Demon bowler.
He's crafty and deceitful and he'll try to L.B.W.,
And bowl a maiden over.
The Devil takes the weak in spirit and so we must always be courageous
And remember that God is on your side.
So keep old Satan in your sights and play the straight and narrow line
And you'll get by, yes you'll get by.

This song can be found on the following releases:

stereo mix, recorded May-Jul 1973 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
Preservation Act 1 Nov 1973 USA RCA Victor LPL1-5002 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Preservation Act 1 16 Nov, 1973 UK RCA Victor SF 8392 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Mirror Of Love/Cricket 5 Apr, 1974 France RCA Victor LPBO 5.015 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Preservation (A Play In Two Acts) 30 Jul, 1991 USA Rhino R2 70523 2 CD set
Preservation Act 1 14 Jul, 1998 USA Konk/Velvel 63467-79721-2 CD
Preservation Act 1 21 Sep, 2004 USA Konk/Koch VEL-SC-79808 SACD (hybrid)
Preservation Act 1 21 Jun, 2010 UK Konk/Koch/Universal Music 2738375 CD

stereo mix, by The Spivs, recorded 2000
Kwirky - The Spivs Jul 2000 UK Pie SPIVCD002 CD
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