Shangri-la

Written by: Ray Davies

Published by: Hill & Range Songs BMI

Chord file

Lyrics:

Now that you've found your paradise
This is your Kingdom to command
You can go outside and polish your car
Or sit by the fire in your Shangri-la
Here is your reward for working so hard
Gone are the lavatories in the back yard
Gone are the days when you dreamed of that car
You just want to sit in your Shangri-la

Put on your slippers and sit by the fire
You've reached your top and you just can't get any higher
You're in your place and you know where you are
In your Shangri-la
Sit back in your old rocking chair
You need not worry, you need not care
You can't go anywhere
Shangri-la, Shangri-la, Shangri-la

The little man who gets the train
Got a mortgage hanging over his head
But he's too scared to complain
'Cos he's conditioned that way
Time goes by and he pays off his debts
Got a TV set and a radio
For seven shillings a week
Shangri-la, Shangri-la, Shangri-la, Shangri-la, Shangri-la, Shangri-la

And all the houses in the street have got a name
'Cos all the houses in the street they look the same
Same chimney pots, same little cars, same window panes
The neighbors call to tell you things that you should know
They say their lines, they drink their tea, and then they go
They tell your business in another Shangri-la
The gas bills and the water rates, and payments on the car
Too scared to think about how insecure you are
Life ain't so happy in your little Shangri-la
Shangri-la, Shangri-la la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Put on your slippers and sit by the fire
You've reached your top and you just can't get any higher
You're in your place and you know where you are
In your Shangri-la
Sit back in your old rocking chair
You need not worry, you need not care
You can't go anywhere
Shangri-la, Shangri-la, Shangri-la, Shangri-la, Shangri-la, Shangri-la

This song can be found on the following releases:

mono mix (5:18), recorded May-Jun 1969 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Shangri-la/This Man He Weeps Tonight Sep 1969 Sweden/Norway Pye 7N 17812 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Shangri-la/This Man He Weeps Tonight 12 Sep, 1969 UK Pye 7N 17812 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 10 Oct, 1969 UK Pye NPL 18317 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The File Series - The Kinks 14 Oct, 1977 UK Pye FILD 001 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kinks Sep 1991 EEC Music For Pleasure/EMI CD-MFP 5921/CDB 7 97481 2 CD
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 17 Sep, 2001 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary CMTCD322 CD
The Pye Album Collection 25 Apr 2005 UK Castle Music/Sanctuary Records Group CMXBX 1125 Multi CD box set
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 273 227-4 2 CD set
The Kinks In Mono 21 Nov, 2011 UK Sanctuary/Universal Music 602527769448 Multi CD box set

stereo mix (5:18), recorded May-Jun 1969 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 10 Oct, 1969 UK Pye NSPL 18317 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 10 Oct, 1969 USA Reprise RS 6366 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
Golden Hour Of The Kinks 8 Oct, 1971 UK Pye/Golden Hour GH 501 12" vinyl LP (album), 33 1/3 RPM
The Kink Kronikles 25 Mar, 1972 USA Reprise 2XS 6454 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Spotlight On The Kinks Vol. 2 8 Oct, 1982 UK PRT SPOT 1029 12" vinyl 2-LP set (double album), 33 1/3 RPM
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire Jan 1987 UK PRT CDMP 8835 CD
The Kink Kronikles 10 Jan, 1989 USA Reprise 6454-2 2 CD set
PRT Collector Series - The Kinks Apr 1989 UK PRT GHCD 1 CD
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 15 May, 1990 USA Reprise RS 6366-2 CD
Fab Forty - The Singles Collection 1964-1970 Feb 1991 EEC Decal CDLIK D 74 2 CD set
The Kinks Story Vol. 2 1967-1971 Jul 1992 EEC Castle Communications EUKCD 102 CD
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 25 May, 1998 UK Essential/Castle Communications ESM CD 511 CD
The Ultimate Collection 27 May, 2002 UK Sanctuary Records Group RTV0023 2 CD set
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 27 Sep, 2004 UK Sanctuary Midline SMRCD062 CD
Picture Book 8 Dec, 2008 UK Universal/Sanctuary 5313049 Multi CD box set
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 273 227-4 2 CD set
The Anthology - 1964-1971 17 Nov 2014 UK Sony/Legacy/BMG 88875021542 Multi CD box set

stereo mix, backing track (5:29), recorded May-Jun 1969, remixed Dec 2009 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (Deluxe Edition) 20 Jun, 2011 UK Sanctuary Records/Universal Music 273 227-4 2 CD set

stereo mix, by The Mock Turtles, recorded 1989
Shangri-La - A Tribute To The Kinks 1989 USA Communion COMM8CD CD
Shangri-La - A Tribute To The Kinks 1989 UK Imaginary ILL CD300 CD

stereo mix, by The Dumb Angels, recorded 2000
The Great Lost KPS Album - The Kover Kontroversy Kontinues Jul 2000 UK Pie KPSCD003 CD

stereo mix, Ray with the Crouch End Festival Chorus (5:28), recorded Spring 2009 at Air Studios & Konk Studios, London
The Kinks Choral Collection 15 Jun, 2009 UK Decca Records/Universal 2703909 CD
The Kinks Choral Collection 2 Sep, 2009 Australia Decca Records/Universal 2703909 CD
The Kinks Choral Collection 15 Jun, 2009 USA Decca Records/Universal ? CD
The Kinks Choral Collection (Special Edition) 7 Dec, 2009 UK Universal Music TV 2724050 CD


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