All Of My Friends Were There

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Noma Music, Inc./Hi-Count Music, Inc. BMI

Chord file

Lyrics:

My big day, it was the biggest day of my life.
It was the summit of my long career,
But I felt so down, and I drank too much beer,
The management said that I shouldn't appear.
I walked out onto the stage and started to speak.
The first night I've missed for a couple of years,
I explained to the crowd and they started to jeer,
And just when I wanted no one to be there,
All of my friends were there.
Not just my friends, but their best friends too.
All of my friends were there to stand and stare,
Say what they may, all of their friends need not stay.
Those who laughed were not friends anyway.
All of my friends were there to stand and stare.

Days went by, I walked around dressed in a disguise.
I wore a mustache and I parted my hair,
And gave the impression that I did not care,
But oh, the embarrassment, oh, the dispair.
Came the day, helped with a few large glasses of gin,
I nervously mounted the stage once again,
Got through my performance and no one complained,
Thank God I can go back to normal again.
I went to that old café,
Where I had been in much happier days,
And all of my friends were there,
And no one cared.
Say what they may, all of my friends were there.
Not just my friends, but their best friends too.
All of my friends were there,
Now I don't care.

This song can be found on the following releases:

stereo mix (2:23), recorded Jul 1968 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 22 Nov, 1968 UK Pye NSPL 18233 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Jan 1969 USA Reprise RS 6327 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Golden Hour "Kinks"-Lola, Percy & The Apeman Come Face To Face With The Village Green Preservation Society... Something Else! 11 Oct, 1974 UK Pye/Golden Hour GHD 50 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Dec 1987 UK PRT PYL 6008 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Jan 1988 Germany PRT (TELDEC) 8.26676 ZR CD
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 18 Dec, 1989 UK Castle Communications CLACD 161 CD
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 15 May, 1990 USA Reprise RS 6327-2 CD
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Special Deluxe Edition) 28 Jun, 2004 UK Sanctuary Records Group SMETD 102 3 CD set

mono mix (2:23), recorded Jul 1968 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 22 Nov, 1968 UK Pye NPL 18233 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 25 May, 1998 UK Essential/Castle Communications ESM CD 481 CD
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Special Deluxe Edition) 28 Jun, 2004 UK Sanctuary Records Group SMETD 102 3 CD set
The Kinks In Mono 21 Nov, 2011 UK Sanctuary/Universal Music 602527769448 Multi CD box set


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