Harry Rag

Written by: Ray Davies

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

Chord file

Lyrics:

Ah, Tom is young and Tom is bold
Tom is as bold as the knights of old
But whenever he gets in a bit of a jam
There's nothing he won't do to get a harry rag

Harry rag, harry rag
Do anything just to get a harry rag
And he curses himself for the life he's led
And rolls himself a harry rag and puts himself to bed

Ah, Tom's old ma is a dying lass
Soon they all reckon she'll be pushing up the grass
And her bones might ache and her skin might sag
But still she's got the strength to have a harry rag

Harry rag, harry rag
Do anything just to get a harry rag
And she curses herself for the life she's led
And rolls herself a harry rag and puts herself to bed

Ah, bless you tax man, bless you all
You may take some but you never take it all
But if I give it all, I won't feel sad
As long as I got enough to buy a harry rag

Harry rag, harry rag
Do anything just to get a harry rag
And I curse myself for the life I've led
And roll myself a harry rag and put myself to bed

Ah, the smart young ladies of the land
Can't relax without a harry in their hand
And they light one and they boast and brag
So content because they got a harry rag

Harry rag, harry rag
Do anything just to get a harry rag
And they'll light one and they'll boast and brag
So content because they got a harry rag

Harry rag, harry rag
I'll do anything just to get a harry rag
And I curse myself for the life I've led
And roll myself a harry rag and put myself to bed

This song can be found on the following releases:

alternate take, mono mix (2:13), recorded Jan 1967 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Something Else By The Kinks (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 273 214-1 2 CD set

mono mix (2:17), recorded Feb 1967 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Mister Pleasant/Harry Rag 24 May, 1967 USA Reprise 0587 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Something Else By The Kinks 15 Sep, 1967 UK Pye NPL 18193 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks/Status Quo 1968 Brazil Musidisc MINI 9 7" vinyl Mini-LP, 33 1/3 RPM
Something Else By The Kinks Jan 1968 USA Reprise R 6279 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Something Else By The Kinks Feb, 1968 Canada Pye NPL 30111 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Something Else By The Kinks 1969 Brazil Musidisc HI-FI 2173 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Something Else By The Kinks 30 Mar, 1998 UK Essential/Castle Communications ESM CD 480 CD
Something Else By The Kinks 26 Apr, 2004 UK Sanctuary Midline SMRCD029 CD
Something Else By The Kinks (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 273 214-1 2 CD set
The Kinks In Mono 21 Nov, 2011 UK Sanctuary/Universal Music 602527769448 Multi CD box set

stereo mix (2:17), recorded Feb 1967 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Something Else By The Kinks 15 Sep, 1967 UK Pye NSPL 18193 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Something Else By The Kinks Dec 1967 Germany Pye/Hitton HTSLP 340044 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Something Else By The Kinks Jan 1968 USA Reprise RS 6279 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Something Else By The Kinks 1969 Brazil Musidisc HI-FI 2173 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
Something Else By The Kinks Dec 1987 UK PRT PYL 6007 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Something Else By The Kinks Jan 1988 Germany PRT/TELDEC 8.26674 ZR CD
Something Else By The Kinks 18 Dec, 1989 UK Castle Communications CLACD 189 CD
Something Else By The Kinks 15 May, 1990 USA Reprise RS 6279-2 CD
Something Else By The Kinks 20 Aug, 2001 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary CMTCD303 CD
The Pye Album Collection 25 Apr 2005 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary Records Group CMXBX 1125 Multi CD box set
Something Else By The Kinks (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 273 214-1 2 CD set
The Anthology - 1964-1971 17 Nov 2014 UK Sony/Legacy/BMG 88875021542 Multi CD box set

stereo mix, session excerpt (0:19), recorded Feb 1967 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
The Anthology - 1964-1971 17 Nov 2014 UK Sony/Legacy/BMG 88875021542 Multi CD box set

mono mix, BBC recording (2:18), recorded 25 Oct, 1967 at BBC Maida Vale Studio 4, London
BBC Sessions 1964-1977 12 Mar, 2001 UK Sanctuary Records SANDD010 2 CD set
BBC Sessions 1964-1977 20 Mar, 2001 USA Sanctuary Records 06076 84504-2 2 CD set
Something Else By The Kinks (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 273 214-1 2 CD set
The Kinks At The BBC - Radio & TV Sessions And Concerts: 1964-1994 13 Aug 2012 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 279 721-8 Multi CD box set

stereo mix, by Trihas & The Tapes, recorded 1996
Kinky Music - Trihas & The Tapes 1996 Holland (self published) TRI-02 CD
Do It Again - The Kover Kontroversy Kontinues Jun 1999 USA - - CD

stereo mix, by The Flying Ants, recorded 1997
The Kover Kontroversy Jan 1997 USA - - Cassette

stereo mix, as "Rull en rev" by Veldig Respektable Menn, recorded 2004
Sanger av Ray Davies og The Kinks - Veldig Respektable Menn 24 Sep, 2004 Norway Tylden & Co. GTACD 8267 CD


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