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Sunday, May 20, 2018

British band wrote, "But there's no England now," in 1984 song, "Living on a Thin Line." "It's a crime, but does it matter? Yes, it really, really matters." 1984 album by The Kinks, "Word of Mouth"

"Living on a Thin line," with lyric, "But there's no England now" from 1984 album "Word of Mouth" by The Kinks. ..."This song...was played three times in the 2001 episode "University" of the American TV show The Sopranos. According to producer Terence Winter on the DVD extras, it is the series' most asked about song." The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

 


















Above, screen shot, "There's no England now," video with Kinks 1984 song, "Living on a Thin Line"




Above, "There's no England now," video with Kinks 1984 song, "Living on a Thin Line," you tube
























Above, two screen shots from Birmingham, England, with Kinks song, "Living on a thin line"
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Lyrics, "Living on a Thin Line"

"All the stories have been told
Of kings and days of old,
But there's no England now
.

All the wars that were won and lost,
Somehow don't seem to matter very much anymore.
 
All the lies we were told,
All the lies of the people running round,
They're castles have burned.
I see change,
But inside we're the same as we ever were.

Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do? 

Living on a thin line,
Living this way, each day is a dream.
What am I, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

Now another century nearly gone,
What are we gonna leave for the young?
What we couldn't do, what we wouldn't do,
It's a crime, but does it matter?
Does it matter much, does it matter much to you?
Does it ever really matter?
Yes, it really, really matters.

Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

Now another leader says:
"Break their hearts and break some heads".
Is there nothing we can say or do?

Blame the future on the past,
Always lost in bloody guts.
And when they're gone, it's me and you.

Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line,
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?
Living on a thin line."


"Songwriters: DAVE DAVIES
© CARLIN AMERICA INC
For non-commercial use only.
Data from: LyricFind"

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Added:

1984 song by British band The Kinks was inspired in part by distaste for politicians and deterioration of English identity:








Above from book, "The Kinks: All Day and All of the Night," published in 2004

"The song was also influenced by the deterioration of English identity in the 20th century and Davies' longing for a return to "days of old".[2]"

2. "Kitts, Thomas M.; Kraus, Michael J., eds. (2002). Living on a Thin Line: Crossing Aesthetic Borders with the Kinks. Rock 'n' Roll Research Press. pp. 71–72." via Wikipedia

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